Scotland 66 Barbarians 19: Scots put nine tries past Barbarians

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Scotland created the ideal launch pad for their two-Test tour to South Africa by clinically sweeping aside the challenge of the Barbarians at Murrayfield last night. Chris Paterson emerged as the hero of the nine-try romp, claiming a personal haul of 31 points.

The Scots made a rousing start, opting to play a mixed early game combining handling sequences with kicks into space.

It was the Barbarians who made the running, though, when the Irish flanker Kieran Dawson snapped up an opportunist touchdown.

But Scotland's No 9 Mike Blair made a swift replythree minutes later. His captain Jason White offloaded to Ally Hogg, whose lobbed short pass was snatched at the second attempt by Blair, who just had to go over the line.

The frantic end-to-end action continued as Chris Paterson bagged a brilliant solo touchdown, latching on to a pass from Blair and outstripping Steve Hanley and Leon Lloyd to dash to glory from 50 metres.

Scotland, who led 24-12 going into the break, made a spate of changes at the restart, with White among those being given a breather. The armband was handed to Paterson, whose first act of the half was to turn Marcus Di Rollo's try into a seven-pointer.

And any prospect of a meaningful Barbarians fightback was snuffed out when the substitute hooker Dougie Hall was driven over by his team-mates for score No 5.

The replacement scrum-half Sam Pinder then marked his maiden appearance in a Scotland jersey with a runaway try following a surge by his Glasgow colleague Donnie Macfadyen, with Paterson maintaining his 100 per cent kicking record.

The Barbarians refused to buckle completely and France centre Tony Marsh powered over for their third touchdown, which was converted by Malone.

Scotland replied positively to notch the half-century through Blair, who had returned to the fray on the wing as a rolling sub. Paterson duly banged over his seventh conversion.

He was back on target after it became Henderson's turn to complete his double with five minutes left.

And the stage was clear for Paterson to round off a fantastic performance with his second score - and his ninth conversion.

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