Scotland A hammer Saxons
Scotland A showed their senior counterparts the way ahead of the Calcutta Cup clash at Murrayfield as they emphatically beat England Saxons in Galashiels.
Tries from Duncan Weir, who finished with 20 points, plus Stuart Hogg, Rory Lawson and Matt Scott saw the home side pile on the points under the Netherdale floodlights as the visitors finished with no reward.
A crowd of 4,124 enjoyed a feast of rugby from the Scots who were for the most part a real force. Scotland dominated the first half and were well worthy of their 13-0 lead at the interval. Coach Michael Bradley had called for Borderers to get behind the team and he was not disappointed.
The Scots were full of running and when England were penalised for not rolling away, Weir kicked the goal to give the Scots a start on the scoreboard after just three minutes. The English were unable to stretch the Scotland defensive line, where the tackling was secure.
It was a Hawick man who delighted the crowd when Glasgow full-back Hogg stormed home over 60 metres and Weir converted for a 10-0 lead.
Scotland tackled aggressively and denied the Saxons any scoring opportunities and the English were short of ideas beyond the Scottish 22.
Scotland missed an opportunity to add to their lead with a penalty as Weir pulled his kick wide.
England lock James Gaskell fell foul of referee Leighton Hodges after 37 minutes, sin-binned for a high tackle on Matt Scott. The Scots started to make the extra man count, and when England were caught offside, Weir kicked his second penalty for a 13-0 interval lead.
The Scots were well on top and Weir ran in his try in the 52nd minute as he sped from a scrum to score under the posts, and then converted his own score.
And when Ed Slater was the second Englishman to be binned, Weir stretched the home lead. It was all Scotland as Lawson and Scott added further tries and Weir converted one.