Scots on the verge of great­ness

Sunday Sun - - Rugby Union -

BY­RON McGuigan be­lieves he has joined a Scot­land set-up on the verge of “some­thing spe­cial”.

The Sale wing marked his first in­ter­na­tional start against Aus­tralia with a try brace as the Scots reg­is­tered their big­gest ever win against one of the South­ern Hemi­sphere’s big three.

The Namib­ian-born 28-yearold was not even meant to be in Gre­gor Townsend’s start­ing XV but Stu­art Hogg suf­fered a hip in­jury in the warm-up. SCOT­LAND AUS­TRALIA 53 24

The Dark Blues ran in eight tries against an ex­hausted Wal­la­bies side who played the sec­ond half a man light af­ter Sekope Kepu was sent-off for a shoul­der barge on Hamish Wat­son.

McGuigan – who qual­i­fies thanks to his Glaswe­gian mother – thinks his side’s record win is proof they are ready to be­come gen­uine elite level con­tenders.

“There’s def­i­nitely some­thing spe­cial brew­ing here,” said the for­mer Glas­gow back, who made his de­but off the bench last week against the All Blacks.

“Over the years, Scot­land has just been get­ting bet­ter and the last few years since the World Cup has showed that.

“It’s great to be involved in this set up. From the man­age­ment down to the play­ers, ev­ery­one is work­ing very hard. It’s very good.”

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