Rugby Union: Hay has makings for Scots

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SCOTLAND completed the first part of their South Seas tour by defeating Fiji at the National Stadium here to give themselves a satisfactory record of three wins from three games.

For Fiji, eager to get their fifteen-a- side game back on the rails, this was an important match in advance of their qualifying matches for the World Cup and Super Ten competition. Scotland, however, exposed their traditonal weakness of lack of organisation up front and by the last quarter the Scottish pack had control as the Fijian forwards faded.

Outstanding for Scotland in a winning pack were Dave McIvor and Jim Hay, the latter fully justifying his selection ahead of Martin Scott with a fine display that earned him a try in the first half after a series of surges by the forwards and a dash to the line by Andy Nicol.

Scotland may well use their next match on Wednesday against the Tonga President's XV to take a further look at other options behind the scrum - notably at stand-off, where on Saturday Ally Donaldson looked far from comfortable.

Scotland's successes in the backs were Ian Jardine and Scott Nichol. It was a run by Nichol which set up the scoring chance for Scotland in the second half after the Selkirk centre was tackled high. Nicol opted to take a quick tap penalty, resulting in an easy try for Ken Logan.

Logan's try regained the initiative for Scotland, whose 10-0 interval lead was eroded after Fijian pressure produced a try for Ilia Rokowailoa and the conversion and a penalty by their sevens star, Waisele Serevi.

Fiji: Try Rokowailoa; Conversion Serevi; Penalty Serevi. Scotland: Tries Hay, Logan; Conversion Donaldson; Penalties Donaldson 3.

FIJI: T Vonolagi; W Waisea, V Rauluni, E Nauga, T Lovo; E Rokowailoa, W Serevi; M Taga (capt), A Rabitu, I Naituku, P Naruma, A Nadolo, I Tanake, E Tuvunivono, S Vonolagi.

SCOTLAND K Logan (Stirling County); N Grecian (London Scottish), S Nichol (Selkirk), I Jardine (Stirling County), M Moncrieff (Gala); A Donaldson (Currie), A Nicol (Dundee HSFP, capt); G Isaac (Gala), J Hay (Hawick), S Ferguson (Peebles), C Gray (Nottingham), R Scott (London Scottish), D McIvor (Edinburgh Academicals), G Weir (Melrose), I Smith (Gloucester).

Referee: B Kinsey (Australia).