Weir wants chance to up­set the Wal­la­bies

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Back Page - Mur­ray Spooner

For­mer Cam­bus­lang Rugby Club star Dun­can Weir is eye­ing a spot in Scot­land’s start­ing line-up for the quar­ter-fi­nals of the Rugby World Cup.

The 24 year-old (be­low) was left out of the team that de­feated Samoa 36-33 on Satur­day but will be des­per­ate to face Aus­tralia this week­end.

Scot­land Cap­tain Greig Laid­law scored the decisive try in the fi­nal seven min­utes, though the Scots had to cling on fol­low­ing Samoa’s Motu Matu’u’s late score.

The Dark Blues trailed by three points at half time af­ter tries from Ma’at­uli­manu Leiataua, Reynold Lee-Lo and Tusi Pisi, who also kicked the points to give them a 26-23 ad­van­tage de­spite scores from Tommy Seymour and John Hardie.

Scot­land also had Ryan Wil­son sin-binned in the first half for stamp­ing but some heroic sec­ond half kick­ing and a try from Laid­law earned the Scots a much needed win.

Weir, a for­mer Cathkin High School pupil, has proven to be a spark in Vern Cotter’s side in pre­vi­ous games and was held in high re­gard for his try against the USA.

Aus­tralia beat the Welsh 15-6 at Twick­en­ham on Satur­day and will now face Vern Cotter’s Pool B run­ner­sup, with South Africa hav­ing al­ready won the sec­tion.

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