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Scots fight back to tame the Wolfhounds

Scotland A 32 Irish Wolfhounds 13: Irish Wolfhounds fell apart against Scotland A at Netherdale last night, going down 32-13.

Eric Elwood's side dominated the first half but despite having nearly all the possession and territory the Wolfhounds could only lead 13-9 at the break.

Scotland outhalf David Blair opening the scoring with a fourth minute penalty. The Wolfhounds hit back with a try from Ulster flanker Willie Faloon which was converted by his provincial team- mate Ian Humphreys.

Blair landed a second penalty for the home side to cut the Wolfhounds lead to a point.

Humphreys was successful with another kick at goal and added his third penalty of the half to extend the Wolfhounds lead before Blair cut the interval lead to four points with another successful kick.

The home side got their first try when they elected to kick a penalty into touch after Denis Hurley was caught offside.

From the resulting lineout the Scots executed a textbook catch and drive with replacement prop Moray Low going over and Blair converting. Blair added another penalty to give the home side a six-point lead.

Ireland were punished for wheeling a scrum and Scotland scrum half Greig Laidlaw landed a long range penalty as the home side took total control of the game.

Blair hit another penalty three minutes before full-time and the Scots wrapped up the victory with a breakaway try in injury time.

Frazer McKenize fed winger Hefin O'Hare who went over in the corner and Blair converted.

SCOTLAND A : J Thompson; H O'Hare , B Cairns , J Houston , L Jones ; D Blair , G Laidlaw (captain); J Welsh (M Low 22), D Hall (F Thomson 67) , G Cross , S MacLeod , F McKenzie , R Wilson (R Harley 47) , A MacDonald (R Grant 72) , J Beattie.

IRISH WOLFHOUNDS: G Duffy; J Murphy, E O'Malley , N Spence (I Whitten 40), D Hurley ; I Humphreys (N O'Connor 67) , T O'Leary (I Boss 63); B Wilkinson, D Varley (N Bradey 57), T Buckley (J Hagen 40), I Nagle (A Brown 57), D Toner, K McLaughlin (D Ryan 62) , W Faloon , C Henry (capt).

Referee: G Garner (England)

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