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Scotland vs USA
Scotland vs USA
(Fitzy's on the scene again)
21 Oct 2003
[RWC]
Scotland  vs   USA
Suncorp Stadium
Brisbane  7.30pm
Half time  Scotland 24  USA  9
Full time  Scotland 39  USA 15

What an atmosphere ouside Suncorp. Scottish supporters everywhere.Who said " No Bagpipes"!! The drone of the pipes and the beating of the drums warn everyone a battle is near. Big Police presence at the gates too. Bags are being searched but not kilts.

Inside now and the size of the stadium takes your breathe away. First thing I see is a " Crusader Jersey "!  Bloody hell I think. they are here too. Its a couple of hours before KO and everyone is more interested in having a beavy or two or three and a decent chinwag.

Its 5 minutes to kickofff and I'm seated, wondering why there are still so many empty seats. I've got a great view, side on about the 10m mark, in the middle tier .
The teams run out to a huge roar. The anthems start and " Flower of Scotland " is deafening. There is a crowd of approx 46,500 and I'm sure the 46 is Scottish.

So we into the action now and Scotland put on the early pressure and get an early penalty to Paterson. USA soon reply with two penalties to Hercus and its 6-3 to the USA. The Ref, one of our favourites, Jonathan Kaplan is upsetting the Scotish fans and I hear him likened to a monkey, several
times. The fans are calling for action and as usual, the Mexican Wave starts after about 20 minutes.

Soon all is forgotten as Scotland score a try in the corner and Paterson converts to put them up 10-6. Another converted try thanks to the video ref and soon Scotland add another to race away to 24-6. The monkey Kaplan is soon forgotten by the fans, Just on halftime the Monkey returns, sending one
of the Scottish props to the bin and USA kick the goal to go in at 24-9.

The 2nd Half meanders along with Scotland looking the goods but too many handling errors by both sides and the Wave returns. USA seem content to kick for goal instead of 7 pointers and the score is 27-15.
 
Hercus is going for top points scorer I think with 5 kicks. Scotland are back to full strength and its time for the USA to feel the wrath of the monkey and off goes their Fullback.

Scotland take full advantage and run in two more tries. Again Paterson adds a sideline conversion to complete a good kicking display with 14 points.

The final peanut is thrown to the monkey and the game is over. A poor display by the USA and a much better effort by the Scots, building up to their clash with France.

That's all from your on the spot reporter for now but I'll be back in the same spot for ABs vs Tonga.
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Let us know what you think!

Crusaders supporters are indeed everywhere, we are the Manchester United of Super 12 rugby Fitzy, and don't you forget it! :)

As for Scotland, USA and the whistling monkey, it sounds like it was a pretty good match, although someone should knobble that USA goal-kicker, nobody wants to see a penalty shootout at the RWC!

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