Turner hat-trick leads Scotland to convincing win over Canada

Byron McGuigan (left) scored the opening try for Scotland
Byron McGuigan (left) scored the opening try for Scotland

Canada 10-48 Scotland, Commonwealth Stadium

George Turner scored a hat-trick as Scotland dominated their June internationals contest against Canada with a 10-48 win at Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday.

Scotland went ahead in just four minutes when Sam Hidalgo-Clyne kicked a penalty goal and five minutes later the lead became eight points when Byron McGuigan crossed over.

The response from Canada came in the 13th minute when Shane O'Leary slotted a three-pointer but their momentum suffered a setback when Noah Barker was sin-binned for an off-the-ball tackle on rival prop Allan Dell.

Scotland did not make use of the numerical advantage but managed to end the first half strong at 3-15 lead after a lineout drive resulted in a try from Ruaridh Jackson and Hidalgo-Clyne kicked the extras.

The first of the Turner try came at the start of the second half that was improved by Hidalgo-Clyne to take the scoreline to 3-22 but Canada was awarded a penalty try when Jackson was sin-binned in the 46th minute.

The numerical disadvantage did not stop Scotland from breaking down and instead they added four more tries with Magnus Bradbury (54'), Turner (67' and 71') and Lewis Carmichael (78') going past the line and Kinghorn converted three out of it to complete a 10-48 victory for Gregor Townsend's side.