Big Mac Shines With Ease

ImageAlan MacDonald produced a man-of-the-match display as Scotland A destroyed Ireland 67-7 at McDiarmid Park on Friday night in a thrilling game.

Edinburgh stand-off Phil Godman scored an early try to set Scotland A on their way and contributed 18 points on the night.

Meanwhile fellow club-mates MacDonald, Calum MacRae, Ben Cairns and Craig Smith all crossed the whitewash in the rout; much to Scotland A and Edinburgh coach Andy Robinson's delight.

Robinson said: "With the weather like it was shortly before kick-off, it's hard to imagine a score-line like that.

'the players have really trained well all week and they"re a pleasure to coach. The ambition they showed during the game today really was top drawer."

To say Scotland started the game on the front foot would be the understatement of the century as they immediately imposed themselves on the game.

Scoring 26 points in the first 21 minutes sent out a positive signal for Scottish rugby supporters on a pleasant, clear night in Perth.

Edinburgh stand-off Phil Godman was without doubt the man controlling the game as he played a part in Scotland's first three tries.

A good break from the eventual man of the match, Alan MacDonald, saw the Edinburgh flanker carry the ball forward in space before offloading to Godman who ran in from close range after only one minute. Godman converted.

Ireland A then tried to stay in the game with a fourth minute penalty, but Godman s opposite number, Niall O"Conner failed to find the target.

Scotland opened the floodgates as Dougie Hall crossed the line only five minutes before Alan MacDonald followed suit.

With MacDonald sending Godman through for the opening try, Godman returned the favour and popped a neat pass to MacDonald to send him through. Godman converted.

Roland Reid was then the orchestrator of Scotland s fourth try as he pounced on a loose ball. As he dashed up the wing, the defence closed in on Reid and a nice grubber ahead was collected by Lawson who touched down. Godman converted to bring the score to 26-0.

It wasn't until the 27th minute when Ireland found the score sheet for the first time. Ian Dowling wormed his way through the tight Scotland defence. O Conner added the two extra points.

Godman added a penalty to take his first half tally to 14 points.

Half-time score: Scotland A 29 - 7 Ireland A

Scotland immediately kept the momentum going after the half-time break as Calum MacRae scored from a break initiated by Ben Cairns. Cairns had Roland Reid on his left and MacRae on his right, eventually opting for the young centre to take the spoils. Godman converted.

It was then Alasdair Dickinson s turn to score before debutant Max Evans scored two late tries, the second celebrated with a cartwheel and a back flip.

Ben Cairns then crossed for a try before Craig Smith dealt the final blow. Smith powered over the line for Scotland s tenth try of the night.

1 min: TRY, Phil Godman, 5-0
CON, Godman, 7-0
4 mins: PEN, Niall O Conner, miss
9 mins: TRY, Dougie Hall, 12-0
CON, Godman, miss
14 mins: TRY, Alan MacDonald, 17-0
CON, Godman, 19-0
21 mins: TRY, Rory Lawson, 24-0
CON, Godman, 26-0
27 mins: TRY, Ian Dowling, 26-5
CON, O Conner, 26-7
30 mins: PEN, Godman, 29-7
Half-time score: Scotland A 29" 7 Ireland A
42 mins: TRY, Calum MacRae, 34-7
CON, Godman, 36-7
64 mins: TRY, Dickinson, 41-7
CON, Godman, miss
66 mins: TRY, Max Evans, 46-7
CON, Godman, miss
70 mins: TRY, Evans, 51-7
CON, Godman, 53-7
73 mins: TRY, Ben Cairns, 58-7
CON, Gordon Ross, 60-7
78 mins: TRY, Craig Smith, 65-7
CON, Ross, 67-7

Man of the Match: Alan MacDonald (Scotland A)

Scotland A: Calum MacRae (Edinburgh); Simon Danielli (Ulster), Ben Cairns (Edinburgh), Graeme Morrison (Glasgow Warriors), Roland Reid (Edinburgh); Phil Godman (Edinburgh), Rory Lawson (Gloucester) CAPTAIN; Alasdair Dickinson (Gloucester), Dougie Hall (Glasgow Warriors), Moray Low (Glasgow Warriors), Craig Hamilton (Edinburgh), Alastair Kellock (Glasgow Warriors), Mark Rennie (Burgoin), Alan MacDonald (Edinburgh), Johnnie Beattie (Glasgow Warriors)
Substitutes: Scott Lawson (Sale Sharks) for Hall (14 mins), Max Evans (Glasgow Warriors) for Danielli (43 mins), Craig Smith (Edinburgh) for Low (55 mins), Mark McMillan (Wasps) for Lawson (65 mins), James Eddie (Glasgow Warriors) for Beattie (68 mins), Gordon Ross (Saracens) for Godman (71 mins), Dan Turner (Glasgow Warriors) for Hamilton (73 mins)