MacLeod out of Samoa clash

Sun, 21 Nov 15:03:00 2010

Scott MacLeod has been ruled out of†Scotland's final Autumn Test with†Samoa†next Saturday after suffering a rib injury in Saturday's victory over†South Africa†at Murrayfield.

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Edinburgh second row MacLeod made his first Scotland start in more than two years as Andy Robinson's men defeated the 2007 world champions 21-17, with Dan Parks kicking six penalties and a drop goal.

But the 31-year-old was forced off in the first half and will now not make the trip to Aberdeen for next Saturday's third and final autumn international against Samoa.

Edinburgh loosehead prop Allan Jacobsen, who disrupted the South Africa scrum throughout the contest, was being assessed on Sunday after suffering a shoulder injury and could yet join MacLeod in missing the match at Pittodrie with the south sea islanders.

Scotland were last night celebrating a fourth victory in five Tests as they recovered from the humbling 49-3 loss to†New Zealand†with a strong display against the Springboks, ending the tourists' hopes of a Grand Slam.

MacLeod was taken off after little more than half an hour of the victory, but Scotland matched South Africa physically in an absorbing battle of attrition decided by Parks' boot.

MacLeod, though, will not meet Samoa as Scotland seek a sixth win in seven Tests following victories away in†Ireland and†Argentina†(twice) and over the Springboks.

A statement issued by the Scottish Rugby Union read: "Scott MacLeod, the 31-year-old Edinburgh lock, has been ruled out of Saturday's final EMC Autumn Test - against Samoa in Aberdeen.

"MacLeod damaged his ribs in the first half of (Saturday's) 21-17 victory against South Africa at Murrayfield. Scotland team doctor James Robson confirmed that the injury means MacLeod cannot be considered for the game against the Pacific islanders.

"Robson also reported that prop Allan Jacobsen, who won his 49th cap at the weekend, has a shoulder injury which will require further assessment over the next few days."

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