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"The Scots were outclassed"
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Thursday, 24 May, 2001, 21:47 GMT 22:47 UK
Scots squashed by Baa-Baas
Friedrich Lombard scores the Baa-Baas' third try
Friedrich Lombard scores the Baa-Baas' third try
Scotland 31-74 Barbarians

The Murrayfield crowd of 28,626 gathered to honour the memory of Gordon Brown and were treated to a feast of rugby that 'Broon frae Troon' would have revelled in.

The star of the show was Jonah Lomu, given a standing ovation by the crowd when he retired after 60 minutes.

The New Zealander scored four tries and handed several to colleagues when he had the line at his mercy.

Barbarians coach Bob Dwyer admitted that Lomu was a formidable weapon to unleash on any side.

"We didn't do very much but Jonah did a lot and it doesn't surprise me how easily Jonah opens up defences," said Dwyer.

I thought the rugby we played between 15-0 down to 21-15 up was excellent
  Ian McGeechan
Scotland coach
For the Scots there was consolation in the performance of the youngsters being blooded in this match by coach Ian McGeechan.

The most notable success was centre Marcus di Rollo who scored the first home try off an interception and throughout showed the creativity so much missing from the Scots' midfield this season.

Another big success was flanker Donny MacFadyen, though the former Scotland under-21 captain was only on the field because another young hopeful, Andrew Mower, was injured after just 14 minutes.

"I'm pretty pleased with the youngsters - I thought they did very well," said McGeechan.

"Some of them in the first half were particularly outstanding.

"Marcus was excellent but Donnie MacFadyen did very well too when he came on.

"I thought the rugby we played between 15-0 down to 21-15 up was excellent and the rest of the half, we were competitive.

Jonah Lomu ran the show
Jonah Lomu ran the show
"We gave away some poor tries with turnover ball and, when you give world-class players a ragged defence and a lot of space, they will destroy you."

The crowd was still coming into the stadium when Lomu registered the evening's first score.

The try was classic Lomu, driving up the wing from his own 22 after a Scotland attack had been stopped on the Baa-Baas' line.

Four minutes later he was at it again, though this time from only 40 metres.

Right-wing Friedrich Lombard touched down to leave Scotland trailing 15-0 two minutes later.

However, in an amazing turnaround, Scotland led 21-15 by the 18th minute with a huge contribution from the youngsters.

Montgomery increases the Baa-Bas' lead
Montgomery increases the Baa-Bas' lead
The previously uncapped di Rollo scored off an interception and then sent in Jon Petrie. Chris Paterson crossed the line next, with Duncan Hodge converting all three.

This only annoyed the Baa-Baas who took their revenge with three tries in six minutes - two by Lomu and the other from Richard Cockerill courtesy of Lomu.

Scotland scored another through James McLaren but the Baa-Baas immediately replied for a half-time lead of 41-26.

It took only three minutes for the all star Baa-Baas to score from the restart, through Joost van der Westhuizen, and two in two minutes by Kevin Maggs and Lombard soon followed.

To their credit Scotland were able to put in a sustained period of pressure with MacFadyen's try the reward, but the Baa-Baas took their try count to 12 with late contributions from Ben Clark and Pat Lam.

Scotland: Paterson, C. Murray, Di Rollo, J. Leslie, McLaren, Hodge, Redpath, Jacobsen, G. Bulloch, McIlwham, Grimes, Weir, Simpson, Petrie, Mower.

Replacements: Scott, C. Smith, Fullarton, MacFadyen, Burns, A. Bulloch, Henderson.

Barbarians: Murphy, Lombard, Maggs, Horan, Lomu, Montgomery, van der Westhuizen, Yates, Cockerill, Garvey, Brooke, Langford, Clarke, Lam, Gardiner.

Replacements: Drotske, Dowd, Bowman, Kronfeld, Carbonneau, Van Straaten, Howard.

Referee: J Fleming

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