Falcons bring down Scotland
Gauteng Falcons 38 Scotland 35
Thursday 26 June 1997
The full-back, Derrick Lee, posted a personal tally of 25 points from two tries, three penalties and three conversions and injected pace into a Scottish back line which at times looked flat-footed.
Scotland's forwards never gained any control on the game and it was the committed Falcons side, eager to claim a northern hemisphere scalp, that played with a winning passion.
Scotland trailed 16-14 at half-time, after a try by the Falcons flanker, De Wet Strydom, and a combination of skilful play from Falcons and a series of errors from Scotland allowed the home side to run in tries by the stand- off, Porta Hoffman, and the hooker, Jan Bosch.
The Falcons fell behind midway through the first-half when a Scottish breakaway ended with Lee touching down. Scotland, after a third-quarter slump which saw them trail 33-14, rallied with a try by flanker Cameron Mather and two late tries from the wing, Shaun Longstaff.
All three were converted by Lee but inbetween Falcons had scored vital points from a Van Riet try and a crucial fourth penalty from the goalkicker, Gert Peens.
"You can only play with what you've got," said Scotland's tour manager, Doug Morgan, who has clearly saved his best players for tomorrow night's tough game in Pretoria against Northern Transvaal.
Gauteng Falcons: Tries Bosch, De Wet Strydom, Hoffman, Van Riet. Conversions Peens 3. Penalties Peens 4. Scotland: Tries Lee 2, Longstaff, Mather. Conversions Lee 3. Penalties Lee 3.
Gauteng Falcons: J Blaauw; G Peens, M Masina, E Meyer, L van Riet; P Hoffman, N Campbell-McGeachy; I Hattingh (captain), J Bosch, J le Roux, W Lock, D van der Riet, J Senekal, N Pickford, De Wet Strydom.
SCOTLAND: D Lee (London Scottish); A Stanger (Hawick), C Murray (Hawick), J Mayer (Watsonians), S Longstaff (Dundee HSFP); S Nichol (Melrose), G Burns (Watsonians); D Hilton (Bath), S Brotherstone (Melrose), B Stewart (Edinburgh Academicals), S Murray (Bedford), A Lucking (Currie), C Mather (Watsonians), P Walton (Newcastle), N Broughton (Melrose).
Referee M Lawrence (South East Transvaal).
Scotland's development squad, the Silver Thistles, ran in seven tries as they beat Waikato's Under-21 team 41-18 in New Zealand yesterday. A local player, Mike Davies, standing in for the full-back Campbell Aitken, claimed four of the tries, with Iain Sinclair, Gareth Flockhart and Alan Bulloch also scoring. Mark McKenzie converted two of the tries and kicked one successful penalty.
Liam Neeson's Downton dreams
Thriller is set in the secret world of British espionage
Bomber jacket worn by Mary Berry sells out within an hour
Much-loved cartoon character returns - without Sir David Jason
Actress to appear in second series of the hugely popular crime drama
Latest in Sport
Daniel Sturridge injury latest: Liverpool striker says he is 'closer to fitness each day'
Borussia Dortmund vs Arsenal player ratings: How did Ozil and Welbeck do in Germany?
Borussia Dortmund vs Arsenal: Mesut Ozil given the worst rating possible by German newspaper Bild after poor performance
Colombian women's cycling team kit that makes wearer appear naked is branded 'unacceptable' by UCI president
Bayern Munich vs Manchester City player ratings: Joe Hart? Thomas Muller? Jerome Boateng? Who was the star man?
- 1 Thailand beach murders: Thai PM suggests 'attractive' female tourists cannot expect to be safe wearing bikinis
- 2 Scottish independence: What you shouldn't tweet about if you want to avoid jail today
- 3 Scottish independence: Five reasons Salmond is secretly hoping for a 'No' vote
- 4 Isis plan to 'behead random member of the public' in Sydney thwarted by Australian police
- 5 Scottish independence: Andy Murray backs Yes campaign in eleventh hour decision
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter
Unpaid Voluntary Position : Reach Volunteering: Promising volunteer Trustee op...
£30000 - £35000 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: Our client is curr...
£110 - £130 per hour: Randstad Education Reading: Psychology Teacher needed fo...
£85 - £120 per day: Randstad Education Cheshire: Randstad Education are curren...