WXV2: Scotland name unchanged squad for USA Test

Head coach Bryan Easson believes that the 23 who were on duty in last week's win over hosts South Africa deserve reselection for Friday

Lisa Thomson
Lisa Thomson scored the last of Scotland's five tries against South Africa. Image: © Craig Watson. www.craigwatson.co.uk

SCOTLAND coach Bryan Easson has selected an unchanged 23 for Friday’s WXV2 international in Cape Town against the United States. Easson and his players were far from satisfied with their performances in last week’s 31-17 win over South Africa, but the coach believes the squad did enough to justify reselection.

“It was pleasing to open our WXV campaign with a win,” Easson said. “From a performance perspective, however, it was a physical, scrappy encounter and we probably didn’t get as much flow into the game as we would have liked.

“The players who started last week performed well and deserved another shot on Friday, so it was important to keep the consistency in selection.

“USA are similar to South Africa in terms of their physicality and will bring a lot of athleticism to the game. I think they will pose a threat in terms of their attacking play but we’ve prepared well this week and hope to put in a solid performance on Friday.”

Scotland (v USA at Athlone Stadium, Cape Town, Friday 1pm UK time): C Rollie; R Lloyd, E Orr, L Thomson, F McGhie; H Nelson, M McDonald; L Bartlett, L Skeldon, C Belisle, E Wassell, L McMillan, R Malcolm (captain), R McLachlan, E Gallagher. Subs: E Martin, A Young, L Cockburn, E Donaldson, J Konkel, C Mattinson, M Smith, E Musgrove.

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