Scots boost ahead of Bok Tests

Scotland boosted its confidence before the two-Test rugby tour of South Africa by dispatching the Barbarians 66-19 at Murrayfield on Wednesday.

Winger Chris Paterson starred for Scotland with 31 points, including conversions of all nine of Scotland’s tries, of which he claimed two. He also took over the captaincy when Jason White was rested at halftime, with a 24-12 lead in hand.

Inside center Andy Henderson scored tries in each half, as did Paterson, and Marcus Di Rollo, Dougie Hall and Blair’s replacement Sam Pinder, on debut, also crossed.

Man-of-the-match Blair scored his second try as a second-half temporary substitute at center to take Scotland past 50.

“Scotland have every right to be confident at the moment,” Barbarians coach Pat Howard told the Associated Press. “I played in a game five years ago when the Barbarians put on a similar scoreline against Scotland. Scotland have come a long way.”

Scotland plays the Springboks on June 10 (Durban) and 17 (Port Elizabeth).