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Scotland are into the World Cup quarter-finals, but only after a nerve-shredding 36-33 win over Samoa in Newcastle.
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Thousands of fans, hundreds of flags, dozens of bagpipes and lots of tartan. Click here for a fan's picture gallery from Scotland v Samoa.