Sam’ test for the Scots

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - SPORTS - – JIM MACTAVISH

SCOT­LAND sur­vived a sec­ond-half fight­back to kick off their in­ter­na­tional sea­son with a win at Mur­ray­field.

The hosts looked to be cruis­ing to a com­fort­able win when 32-10 up early in the sec­ond half, but the tourists fought back gamely in Edinburgh in a match that saw 11 tries.

Two from Stu­art McI­nally, and one each for Stu­art Hogg, Huw Jones, Alex Dun­bar and Peter Horne proved enough how­ever, to se­cure a win in Gre­gor Townsend’s first home game in charge of the Dark Blues.

How­ever there was an air of frus­tra­tion about the sta­dium in what was an un­con­vinc­ing per­for­mance that got off to a fly­ing start.

How­ever, the hosts’ su­pe­rior fit­ness even­tu­ally told, and although Ofisa Tre­vi­ranus got the 11th try of the match af­ter Horne had raced in from the 22, Scot­land clung on to se­cure the win.

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