Won­der Weir can’t save Scots from Boks

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For­mer Cam­bus­lang Rugby Club star Dun­can Weir was the Scot­tish high point in their 34-16 World Cup de­feat to South Africa on Satur­day.

The 24- year- old made a ter­rific 80-yard run that led to Tommy Seymour’s try early in the sec­ond half.

Schalk Burger piled over the line in the 13th minute for the Spring­boks and a clever try in the 38th minute from JP Pi­etersen put them in con­trol.

The Scots’ only first-half score came from a Greig Laid­law penalty. Seymour’s su­perb 49th-minute ef­fort, af­ter for­mer Cathkin High School pupil, Weir had burst over the half­way line, evaded two chal­lenges and off­loaded to Tim Visser, marked the high­light for Scot­land’s af­ter­noon.

South African winger Bryan Ha­bana’s late try ap­plied gloss to the South Africa win and they top Pool B ahead of their fi­nal group match against the USA.

Weir and his Scot­land team­mates now move on to a cru­cial fi­nal group game with Samoa where they need a win to progress to the quar­ter fi­nals.

Af­ter the match, he said: “I take great pride in play­ing for my coun­try and it was great to get my hands on the ball and have a few good runs.

“The Spring­boks are one of the best sides in the world and we can take en­cour­age­ment from the way we put them un­der pres­sure for pe­ri­ods.”

Train­ing hard Dun­can Weir

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