Scotland begin tour with win
June 6, 2002

Scotland ran in five tries to open their six-match tour of North America with a comfortable 38-8 victory over Canada East at Richardson Stadium, Kingston.

Coach Ian McGeechan was pleased by the contribution of some of the Scotland newcomers. Wing Nikki Walker scored one try and prevented two at the other end, while Tom Philip was direct and Allister Hogg, Bruce Douglas and Andrew Hall all had their moments in a pack given an inspiring lead by captain Nathan Hines.

The Scots could have been more ruthless in their tackling in the second half but McGeechan felt it was a decent start to the tour.

"I thought it was encouraging," McGeechan told Scotland's official website, www.sru.org.uk. "It was great to see the youngsters coming into the side and playing well."

One concern for the visitors was the injury departure of flanker Martin Leslie in the seventh minute. Initial examination suggested he had damaged knee ligaments and his prospects for the remainder of the tour look bleak.

Watched by a crowd of 4,126, Scotland led 17-3 at the break.

Gordon Ross' 12th-minute penalty set Scotland on their way and the stand-off converted both tries that the Scots secured before the interval.

The first came in 28 minutes when Hogg thundered over after good work by Ben Hinshelwood and Marcus Di Rollo on the left.

Barclay Luke pulled back a 40-metre penalty but Scotland ended the half on the attack and Walker powered through for the second try.

Graeme Burns cashed in on a storming run by Bruce Douglas to score at the start of the second half. Ross converted again.

Veteran home prop Kevin Wirachowski scored a 53rd-minute try, but Scotland finished with a brace of tries from Di Rollo, Ross adding both conversions.

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