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Fly-Half Mike Hercus

The United States is 0-3 versus Scotland in previous test matches.

November 4, 2000, Edinburgh: Scotland 53 – Eagles 6.

The first game kicked off the 2000 Eagles’ tour of the United Kingdom, which began with the Scotland game and ended with a loss to Wales 42-11. In between these tests there were three winning contests against UK club sides: Aberdeen (49-17), Cross Keys (22-7) and Neath (46-20). Players against the Welsh were: Shuman, Naivalu, Eloff, Grobler, Delai, Wells, Dalzell, Lyle, Fifita, Hodges (c), Farner, Gross, Skill, Khasigian, and Clayton. Replacements: G.Thomas, Jenkins, Moon, GLewis, Moore, I.Thomas, A.Lewis, Wilfley, Magelby, Kluempers, and Flynn

June 22, 2002, San Francisco: Scotland 65 – Eagles 23

This game constituted a World Cup qualifying match, The visitors lead 29-13 at halftime. Prospects for the second half seemed promising when the Scottish lock was sent off, and the team played with fourteen men. (NB. Historically, this dismissal marked the first sendoff in 130-years of Scottish rugby). Scotland ran in six tries in the second half to outscore the Eagles 36-10. The victory ended the Scots North American tour at 5-1, marked by a 26-23 loss to Canada.

October 20, Brisbane Australia: Scotland 39 – Eagles 15

In the Rugby World Cup of 2003 (won by England), the Scots (ranked 9th in the world) triumphed 39-14 in a match filled with US errors of mishandling, poor passing, and disorganized defense. Although the Eagles lead at one time 6-3 (off the boot of fly-half Mike Hercus who accounted for all 15 US points), Scotland took advantage of the US’s 18 turnovers, and rallied for the win.