A late penalty from Greig Laidlaw helped Scotland beat Canada in Toronto
Last Updated: 14/06/14 11:36pm
Greig Laidlaw's late penalty helped Scotland overcome Canada in Toronto
A Greig Laidlaw penalty eight minutes from time helped Scotland to a 19-17 victory over Canada in Toronto.
Vern Cotter's second match in charge of the Dark Blues was a nervy affair, but ended in triumph thanks to Laidlaw's 11-point match haul and a first-half try from Grant Gilchrist.
Canadian flanker Jeb Sinclair saw red late in the game for a dangerous tackle on Scotland fly-half Ruaridh Jackson as the home side fell just short of a famous upset.
For Scotland though, they made it two wins from two on tour as they backed up last week's victory over the USA with this tight triumph.
The first points of the game were scored by scrum-half Laidlaw with two minutes gone before Canada half-back Phil Mack was denied a score when Jeff Hassler was deemed to have knocked on when looking to collect the ball.
Scotland knew they were in a Test match from then on and following defending on their own line, the hosts then put their foot to the floor as former Glasgow back Taylor Paris' step and speed on halfway sparked a good passage in the 22 which resulted in James Pritchard knocking over three points.
And things would improve further for the Canadians when a break from outside centre Ciaran Hearn saw him feed Ospreys wing Hassler for the game's opening try.
Hassler, who made the RaboDirect PRO12 Dream Team this season, finished well but Pritchard's conversion wasn't of the same ilk.
Scotland did reply five minutes later though when second-row Grant Gilchrist went over for a converted try that pushed the Scots back into the lead.
Laidlaw would extend the scoreline to 13-8 two minutes before the break as again Canada were penalised at scrum time in what was an area of concern.
Canada took control of the early exchanges after the restart as Pritchard landed two penalties to put the hosts back in the lead.
Stuart Hogg and Pritchard kicked penalties for their sides as the lead exchanged hands twice going into the final quarter of the match.
Pritchard's third penalty attempt of the second half struck the post before Laidlaw stepped up in the 71st minute to land his third three-pointer of the game and give Scotland the lead once again - one they would not relinquish.
Sinclair was then given his marching orders for a forearm smash on Jackson and the Dark Blues held on for a narrow victory.