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Last Updated: Saturday, 22 May, 2004, 16:07 GMT 17:07 UK
Baa-Baas edge out Scots
Vilimoni Delasau gets the first of the Baa-Baas' tries
Scotland: (7) 33
Tries: Parks, Hogg (2), Paterson, Jacobsen
Cons: Parks (4)
Barbarians: (28) 40
Tries: Delasau, Robinson, Horgan (2), Cullen, Randell
Cons: Humphreys (5)
Scotland went down fighting but lost 40-33 to the star-studded touring Barbarians side at Murrayfield.

The visitors ran in six tries to Scotland's five but were unable to completely dominate the showpiece.

The Baa-Baas ran in four tries to one in the first half to lead 28-7 at the break, but Scotland fought back to 'win' the second period 26-12.

Ali Hogg scored a brace for Scotland, while Ireland's Shane Horgan ran in two tries for the Barbarians.

The tourists observed tradition and set off intending to attack from all positions on the park.

The cavalier approach paid off inside the first 10 minutes when Fijian winger Vilimoni Delasau scorched home from the halfway line after good work from Northampton scrum-half Mark Robinson.

Scotland were offered chances of their own but fly-half Dan Parks missed two simple penalty kicks, though they strived to share in the carnival atmosphere of running rugby.

But the visitors gave them a magic lesson as Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll fed countryman Horgan, who in turn supplied Delasau.

The Fijian was dragged down inches from the line but Robinson mopped up and claimed the score.

Scotland finally gave the Murrayfield crowd something to cheer about when Chris Cusiter intercepted a pass and fed Parks, who dashed under the posts.

Hogg almost added a second but his devilish break was scuppered yards from the line.

Shane Horgan got two tries for the Baa-Baas
Shane Horgan got two tries for the Baa-Baas
The Barbarians added a third try when Robinson and Kiwi full-back Christian Cullen scythed through the Scottish ranks to set up Horgan.

And the Irishman made it four-two minutes later when he put the gloss on a move started by South African number eight Bobby Skinstad.

Refreshed by the interval, Scotland went over first through Hogg and the Barbarians has to wait almost 20 minutes before they scored another try from Cullen.

But ever defiant, Scotland scored through Chris Paterson and Allan Jacobsen to narrow the gap to seven points.

Sensing the change in momentum, the Baa-Baas stepped up a gear and sent in former All Black skipper Randell.

Once again, Scotland refused to allow the tourists to showboat and Hogg crossed for his second try on 75 minutes.

But despite outscoring their opponents, Scotland were unable to make amends for a first-half demolition at the hands of their star-studded opponents.

Scotland: Paterson, Cranston, Philip, Henderson, Webster, Parks, Cusiter, Jacobsen, Bulloch, Douglas, Fullarton, Murray, Mather, Hogg, Gray.
Replacements: Scott, Brannigan, MacLeod, A. Hall, Beveridge, Morton, Walker.

Barbarians: Cullen, Horgan, Castaignede, O'Driscoll, Delasau, Humphreys, Robinson, Feek, Oliver, Visagie, Andrews, O'Kelly, Persico, Randell, Skinstad.
Replacements: Sexton, le Roux, Mika, E. Miller, de Kock, Burke, Terblanche.

Referee: Joel Jutge (France)

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