Scotland cruise past the United States in Houston
Tim Visser and Stuart Hogg scored tries either side of half-time as Scotland controlled the match at BBVA Stadium from start to finish to give new coach Vern Cotter a victory in his first Test in charge.
The victory sets up Scotland’s tour of the Americas and South Africa, with Cotter’s men still to face Canada, Argentina and the Springboks.
Having lost their last two Six Nations fixtures to France and Wales in March, Scotland bounced back versus the Americans with Greg Laidlaw opening the scoring in the sixth minute with a penalty goal.
While the hosts hit back soon after through Chris Wyles’ three-pointer, Scotland took control of the match in the 14th minute, when Laidlaw set up Visser for a try under the goalposts.
Laidlaw added the conversion and Scotland led 10-3, while a penalty try in the 31st minute and another kick from the Gloucester scrum-half ensured the visitors led by 14 points at half-time.
Although the USA scored first in the second half with another Wyles penalty goal, Hogg scored Scotland’s third try in the 66th minute with a driving run, before Laidlaw’s third goal stretched their lead to 24-6 in front of over 20,000 spectators in Houston.
Scotland and the USA will play again on Sunday.
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