A hat-trick of tries from Andrew Turnbull sent Scotland on their way to a 38-0 victory over the Netherlands in the opening tie of the Alagarve 7s in Portugal tonight - the tournament serving as the European qualifier for next year's Rugby World Cup 7s in Moscow.
As the temperature in the stadium in Faro climbed to 31C Scotland ran in six tries, two in the second-half, the ideal appetiser for their two remaining matches tonight - against Romania and Spain. Scotland must finish in the top five out of the 12 teams in action to secure their place in Moscow.
"It was a positive start," said team manager John Manson.
"It was important, too, that we were strong defensively as points difference will affect the tournament seedings in the next round."
Turnbull's tries were Scotland's first, third and fifth of the tie. Struan Dewar touched down for the second score, Jim Thompson for the fourth and Michael Maltman, another who played some of his club rugby for Heriot's, got the last try.
Captain Colin Gregor landed four conversions.
Scotland's starting line-up: Forwards - Dewar, Fedo and Shaw. Backs: Gregor, Thompson, McGuigan and Turnbull. All five players on the bench were used - Maltman, Brown, Weir, Hughes and Fleming.
Scotland's second tie is at 7.12pm tonight against Romania, who lost 7-22 to Spain in their opening tie.