Scotland Women’s rugby team got their season underway with a bang, scoring eight tries and showing they mean business under new head coach Philip Doyle with a comprehensive victory over South Africa in Cape Town in the first Test on Monday.
The Scots lost all seven of their internationals that they played in 2018/19, but were on top form from minute one in this one at the City Park Stadium in Athlone.
Doyle said after his first game in charge ended 47-5: “I am delighted with the performance of the squad, they worked ever so hard and got the rewards for those efforts.”
The Scots took the lead through a try from full-back Chloe Rollie before winger Rhona Lloyd bagged two and then Rollie went over again to make it 22-0 at the interval.
After the break winger Megan Gaffney, centre Lisa Thomson and replacement Abi Evans (2) went over as Scotland were victorious.
Five Scots who shone in the win
The tighthead prop from Corstorphine Cougars was winning just her eighth cap for her country, but excelled on hr third start. She carried well in the loose and even when the scrum came up against some tough times she stood her ground and is a strong front-row player.
Last weekend she was playing centre for her club Hillhead/Jordanhill and she has played most of her rugby in the back-row, but she was picked in the second-row and teamed up well with Emma Wassell there. Still just 22 she as a big future ahead of her in a Scotland jersey.
The scrum-half has been looked in a three way battle for the starting number nine shirt with Sarah Law and Jenny Maxwell of late. She got the nod here and the service from the Waterloo Firwood player was crisp all afternoon while she was on and there was a real zip to her play.
The Watsonians centre has always been a dangerous runner, but in this game she ran with more purpose than we have seen at times before and her offloading game was looking sharp. She rally is a dangerous player in attack and will be looking forward to the second Test.
Like Stuart Hogg in the men’s team, there is no doubt that Rollie is Scotland’s best attacking weapon from 15. At times last season she cut a frustrated figure, but the angles she ran for both her tries in this game show that the Harlequin is at the top of her game and ready to kick on.
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