In a hard-fought match which brought the curtain down on day 1 of the tournament, Samoa put in a solid opening quarter, only for Scotland to assert their dominance in the middle period of the match.
The first quarter started with both sides trading three early goals apiece. A burst from the Thistles saw them establish the first significant lead of the match, but a miss under the net allowed Samoa to come back. Two goals separated the teams at the end of the first quarter, with the one of the closest ties of the day in prospect.
Scotland were the first to open the scoring in the second quarter, but were then fortunate that the interception of their centre pass was not punished.
Samoan goal shooter Toa Tanimo was enjoying a prolific spell in front of goal, helping to bring the scoreline back to 15-14. However, good combination play by the Thistles attacking duo of Bethan Goodwin and Lynsey Gallagher helped Scotland to establish an eight-goal lead at the break.
Scotland started the second half in the same manner as they had left off, with confident interplay seeing them push the score out to 27-17. Samoa, by contrast, were struggling to string passes together and the deficit grew to 14.
Samoa goal attack Eseta Autagavaia picked up a rare goal on what was a frustrating day for her, but Scotland added another to finish the quarter with a 41-26 advantage.
Scotland pressed ahead in the fourth quarter, stretching their lead to a comfortable winning margin before acknowledging their vocal support.
Scotland centre Claire Maxwell said:
“The World Cup is fantastic, the atmosphere in there was brilliant. There were patches where we were excellent. If we can keep going and raising our game, we will be pleased. We did our research really well and got better and better through the game. The first quarter… maybe it was nerves, but we did not get our flow going. From the second quarter onwards, we really got into our groove.”