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Scots could be without second-rowers

By Adrian Warren 15/06/2004 05:31:02 AM Comments (0)

Injury-ravaged Scotland could be without both of its first choice second rowers for Saturday's second rugby Test against Australia at Telstra Stadium.

Stuart Grimes was suspended for two matches by an International Rugby Board judicial committee for trampling Australian No.8 David Lyons in the final minute of Sunday's first Test in Melbourne.

Scotland's management were trying to find out whether they had grounds to appeal the decision.

Scotland's other first choice lock, skipper Scott Murray was battling a hip injury he suffered in the 35-15 loss to the Wallabies at Telstra Dome.

A scan revealed he had severe bruising to his right hip with some bleeding into the muscles around the area.

Team doctor James Robson initially said Murray's inclusion in the second Test was "not assured."

Murray had the injury iced and was working in the water off Manly beach after the Scots arrived in Sydney on Monday.

Injuries prevented several Scots from undertaking the current tour and prematurely ended the Australasian expedition for a handful of other players.

While Scotland last week sent home several members of its extended squad, team officials stressed they had sufficient second-row cover should both Grimes and Murray be unavailable for Saturday.

However, none of the potential replacements boast anything like the experience of Grimes and Murray, who have played 63 and 61 Tests respectively.

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