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Atlantic Senior Fours round-up


After the opening day of play in the inaugural Atlantic Senior Fours Championship – sanctioned by World Bowls and hosted by Bowls Cyprus at the magnificent Athena Beach Hotel, Paphos, SCOTLAND’S Jane Carruthers, Veronica Cockburn, Kay Purves and skip Sheila Douglas and SOUTH AFRICA’s Francois Koen, Gianni Gatti, John Connellan and Kenny Kyriacou top the women’s and men’s standings on shots. The Scots opened with a 17-11 win over Debra Adams, Ann Snell, Kate Smith and Marg O’Brien from the Norfolk Island and then in their second match of the day led from the fourth end against Anne Bisson’s Jersey B Team, dropping only four of the remaining eleven ends to post a 21-7 victory and finish the day unbeaten. Cyprus B, England and USA A also have a full quota of points. The men had three rounds with the SOUTH AFRICAN quartet finishing strongly in their opening match against Brian Bisson’s Jersey A team 17-13. They followed that up with a hard fought 18-16 win with ‘Skippy’ Hodgett’s Jersey B team and then in an amazing third match they halted the stunning run of table toppers Norfolk Island. The Norfolk Islanders had scored a total of 51 shots over their opening two matches for the loss of just 13 but they were brought back to earth with a bang with the Springbok rink chalking up a crushing 39-7 victory. England A – Vaughan Holland, Paul Bunting, Craig Shaw and Alan Symondson are the only team who are unbeaten. They overcame USA A 20-13, snuck home 14-13 against Wales and wrapped up day one with a 17-9 win over Cyprus A.

MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP / ROUND 1: CYPRUS A (Bob Manson, Gary Marsh, Colin Hall, George McGill) drew with CYPRUS B (Bob Elliott, Billy Nicholls, Edward Steffens, Loucas Paraskeva) 14-14, SCOTLAND (Donald Morrison, Billy Duthie, Bruce Law, Ian Stewart) bt JERSEY B (David Black, Alan Cadoret, Didier Le Falher, Ian Hodgetts) 15-14, NORFOLK Is (Tony Scicluna, Kev Hartwig, Dave Smith, Ian Lane) bt ZIMBABWE (Keith Beck, Tony Havercroft, Mike Eaton, Frank Bravo) 28-4, SOUTH AFRICA (Francois Koen, Gianni Gatti, John Connellan, Kenny Kyriacou) bt JERSEY A (Rob Clive, Graeme Le Monnier, Alex Stewart, Brian Bisson) 17-13,
WALES Ciaran Leaden, Andrew Harvey, Richard Janes, Christopher Williams) bt CZECH REPUBLIC (Karel Strum, Miroslav Cacky, Libor Svaton, Jan Letal) 16-5, SWITZERLAND (Peter Lauper, Marjus Burgin, Bruno Kocher, Ulrich Kunz) bt GUERNSEY (Terry Brokenshire, Brian Rabey, Robin Herbert, Colin Leighton) 22-18. ENGLAND A (Vaughan Holland, Paul Bunting, Craig Shaw, Alan Symondson) bt USA B (Victor Green, John Billon, Lou Cohen, Ian Hyland) 20-13. ENGLAND B (Brett Arkley, Tony Humphries, Alex Bryden, Alan Theobald) bt USA A (Ron Rollick, Frankie Napoli, Peter Ritchie, Phil Dunn) 20-11. ROUND 2 – Norfolk Is bt Scotland 23-9, South Africa bt Jersey B 18-16, Cyprus A bt Czech Rep 10-9, Zimbabwe bt Cyprus B 15-14, England A bt Wales 14-13, USA A bt Guernsey 17-4, England B bt USA B 15-9. ROUND 3 – Czech Rep bt Cyprus B 22-15, South Africa bt Norfolk Is 39-7, England A bt Cyprus A 17-9, Jersey B bt Switzerland 22-13, Scotland bt Zimbabwe 16-5, USA A bt Jersey A 19-16, England B drew with Wales 14-14, USA B bt Guernsey 29-9.

OVERNIGHT STANDINGS after DAY 1: 9pts South Africa, Eng A, 7pts Eng B, 6pts USA A, Norfolk Is, Scot, 4pts Wales, Cyprus A, 3pts USA B, Jersey B, Jersey A, Switzerland, Czech Rep, Zimbabwe, 1pt Cyprus B, 0pts Guernsey.

WOMENS CHAMPIONSHIP / ROUND 1: CYPRUS B (Caryn Morris, Sue Britten, Val Nichols, Berlinda Steffens) bt CYPRUS A (Linda Wilkinson, Glynnis Pauley, Maria Staniland, Sara Trotter) 16-15. ENGLAND (Cheryl Hanskip, Anne Burchell, Caroline Cullum, Glenys Bolt) bt WALES (Terrine Lane, Lynette Payne, Jackie Jones, Heather Collins) 21-14. USA B (For Wright, Nancy Santos, Sandy Wall, Dee McSporran) bt GUERNSEY (Rose Ogier, Brenda Brokenshire, Kath Manson, Jackie Nicolle) 17-10. USA A (Martha Nilsen, Mary Thompson, Linda Roberts, Joanne Hedgespeth) bt JERSEY A (Sam Hodgetts, Tracey O’Connor, Ethel Southern, Fiona Archibald) 16-11. JERSEY B (Di Canavan, Sally Black, Eileen Vowden, Ann Bisson) bt SOUTH AFRICA (Nan Roos Glenda Matthews, Pam Cole-Cook, Sue Tarr) 21-13. SCOTLAND (Jane Carruthers, Veronica Cockburn, Kay Purves, Sheila Douglas) bt NORFOLK IS (Debra Adams, Ann Snell, Kate Smith, Marg O’Brien) 17-11.
ROUND 2 – Cyprus B bt Wales 18-8, Cyprus A bt Norfolk Is 21-9, Scotland bt Jersey B 21-7, South Africa bt Jersey A 23-12, USA A bt Guernsey 15-8, Eng bt USA B 18-17. OVERNIGHT STANDINGS After Day 1 6pts Scotland Cyprus B, Eng, 3pts Cyprus A, USA B, South Africa, USA A, Jersey A, Jersey B, 0pts Guernsey, Wales, Norfolk Is.

STANDINGS TABLES CAN BE FOUND ON www.atlantic-senior-fours.com – Look to the right hand side of the page and locate the ‘three individual lines’ – Click – this opens up a menus to all info related to the event. Tables can be located on the ‘Tournament Tables’ – then by clicking the “Results Option”. PLEASE NOTE – Cyprus is 2 hours ahead of the UK!

ATLANTIC SENIOR FOURS 2023 @Athena Beach Hotel, Paphos, Cyprus – 1st /12th December DAY 2 (2nd December)

Day 2 of the action from the Atlantic Senior Championships at the Athena Beach in Cyprus saw South Africa retain pole position at the top of the Men’s section with England A in second spot, also on 12 points and unbeaten but with an inferior shots count, after the fourth round of matches. The Springbok quartet lined up against Scotland’s Donald Morrison, Billy Duthie, Bruce Law and Ian Stewart and led all the way, dropping only six of their fifteen end match and winning 18-9. England ‘A’- represented by Vaughan Holland, Paul Bunting, Craig Shaw and Alan Symondson went ahead from the opening end against Cyprus ‘B’s. Bob Elliott, Billy Nichols, Edward Steffens and Loukas Paraskeva and got home 16-12. It was a much closer affair though, with England scoring of eights ends and Cyprus on seven. England B are only two points behind the leaders after beating Cyprus A 17-12 while Norfolk Island were once again the top scorer from Round 4, ousting Switzerland 31-5 and move to fourth spot. In the Women’s Championship, former leaders Scotland lost 17-7 to Gwen Stark, Ethel Southern, Sam Hodgetts and Fiona Archibald of Jersey A and drop down the ladder to fifth place. However, the host nation’s ‘B’ team of Caryn Morris, Sue Britton, Val Nicholls and Belinda Steffens take over top spot on shots from England after their third round of matches. Cyprus B accounted for Dee McSparran’s USA B team 22-7 while the English team of Cheryl Hanslip, Anne Burchell, Caroline Cullum and Glenys Bolt saw off Joanne Hedgespeth’s USA A rink 21-7.

MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP / ROUND 4 South Africa bt Scotland 18-9, England A bt Cyprus A 17-9, Norfolk Is bt Switzerland 31-5, England B bt Cyprus A 17-12,
Jersey B bt USA A 15-6, Zimbabwe bt Czech Rep 12-6, Jersey A bt USA B 16-11, Wales bt Guernsey 23-9. STANDINGS AFTER ROUND 4 12pts South Africa, England A, 10pts England B, 9pts Norfolk Is, 7 pts Wales, 6pts Jersey B, Jersey A, USA A, Scotland, Zimbabwe 4pts Cyprus A, 3pts USA B, Czech Rep, Switzerland, 1pt Cyprus B, opts Guernsey.

WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP / ROUND Jersey A bt Scotland 17-7, Jersey B bt Norfolk Is 18-6, Cyprus A bt Wales 14-10, Cyprus B bt USA B 22-7, England bt USA A 21-7, South Africa bt Guernsey 22-9. STANDINGS AFTER ROUND 3 9pts Cyprus B, England, 6pts South Africa, Cyprus A, Scotland, Jersey B, Jersey A, 3pts USA B, USA A, 0 pts Wales, Guernsey, Norfolk Is.

ATLANTIC SENIOR FOURS 2023 @Athena Beach Hotel, Paphos, Cyprus – 1st /12th December DAY 3 (3rd December)


South Africa stand proudly at the top of both disciplines at the Atlantic Senior Fours Championship, hosted at the stunning Athena Beach Hotel at Paphos in Cyprus with both teams hogging pole position with a better shot count. Maintaining their unbeaten run, Francois Koen, Gianni Gatti, John Connellan and Kenny Kyriacou ousted Zimbabwe 21-10 and followed that up with a 29-5 win over Switzerland leaving them in top spot with 18 points and 82 shots in the bank. Also unbeaten are Vaughan Holland, Paul Bunting, Craig Shaw and Alan Symondson representing England A. They got the better of the Czech Republic 18-12 and then came good again against Zimbabwe 21-12 and they share the 18-point marker and have 34 shots in credit. Their England B counterparts – Brett Arkley, Tony Humphries, Alex Bryden and Alan Theobald are sitting on their tails in third place – with 16 points and 35 shots and their head-to-head in Round 7 will no doubt be a very interesting affair. Leading the way in the Women’s Groups are South Africans Nan Roos, Glenda Matthews, Pam Cole-Cook and Sue Tarr. They scored wins over Channel Islanders Jersey A and Guernsey and are tied on 12 points at the top with Cyprus B, Scotland, Jersey B and USA A, but hold the upper hand with 40 shots, with the other teams showing 38, 28, 17 and 11 respectively. In both disciplines, 3 points are up for grabs for a win and 1 point for a draw. The top four teams in the round robin section at the completion of play will qualify for the knock-out stages.

MEN’S RESULTS – ROUND 5 England A bt CZR 18-12, Scotland bt Switzerland 20-6, England B bt Cyprus B 20-16, USA A bt Norfolk Is 16-15, Cyprus A bt Guernsey 34-7, USA B bt Jersey B 25-2, South Africa bt Zimbabwe 21-10, Jersey A bt Wales 16-8; ROUND 6 South Africa bt Switzerland 29-5, England B bt CZR 20-9, USA A bt Scotland 15-11, Cyprus B bt Guernsey 16-9, Norfolk Is bt USA B 15-6, Cyprus A bt Jersey A 15-9, Wales bt Jersey B 13-11, England A bt Zimbabwe 21-12: MEN’S STANDINGS AFTER ROUND 6 18pts – South Africa, England A, 16pts England B, 12pts Norfolk Is, USA A, 10pts Cyprus A, Wales, 9pts Jersey A, Scotland, 6pts USA B, Jersey B, Zimbabwe, 4pts Cyprus B, 3pts Czech Republic, Switzerland, 0pts Guernsey.

WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIPS / ROUND 4 Scotland bt Cyprus B 13-11, South Africa bt Wales 20-6, USA A bt USA B 17-8, Cyprus A bt Jersey A 19-10, Jersey B bt Guernsey 13-12, Norfolk Is bt England 14-11 ROUND 5 Scotland bt Wales 23-7, Cyprus B bt Norfolk Is 21-7, Jersey B bt England 16-6, Cyprus A bt USA A 14-10, South Africa bt USA B 21-11, Jersey A bt Guernsey 28-8, STANDINGS AFTER ROUND 5 12 pts South Africa, Cyprus B, Scotland, Jersey B, USA A, 9pts Cyprus A England, 6pts Jersey A, 3pts USA B, Norfolk Is, 0pts Guernsey, Wales.

ATLANTIC SENIOR FOURS 2023 @Athena Beach Hotel, Paphos, Cyprus – 1st /12th December DAY 3 (3rd December)

SOUTH AFRICA RETAIN POLE POSITION AFTER THE COMPLETION OF DAY 3 After the conclusion of the third day of play at the inaugural Seniors Fours World Championships being hosted by Bowls Cyprus at the Athena Beach Hotel in Paphos, South Africa’s Men and Women continue to sit at the top of both sections. After seven rounds of play in the Men’s Championships, South Africa have opened up a two-point lead at the top with 21 points while England B won their head to head battle against their A counterparts and move up to second spot with 19 points, leaving their A team trailing on 18 points. South Africa took the points against USA A’s Frankie Napoli, Ron, Rollick, Peter Ritchie and Phil Dunn, counting a four on the opening end and leading all the way to post a 22-13 win and give them some breathing space at the top. In the all-England clash, the ‘A’ team of Brett Arkley, Tony Humphries, Alex Bryden and Alan Theobald shared the spoils three times and stood 8-8 after 11 ends against their ‘B’ team Vaughan Holland, Paul Bunting, Craig Shaw and Alan Symondson. However, a double followed by a treble gave the ‘B’ team a cushion to lead 13-8 with two ends remaining and were delighted to move up to second place, just 2 points adrift of South Africa. The Czech Republic’s Karel Strum, Miroslav Cacky, Libor Svaton and Jan Letal moved 9-6 ahead of Guernsey after eleven ends, and despite only scoring on one of the remaining four, got over the finishing line 11-10 to notch up their second win of the event. Switzerland’s Peter Lauper, Markus, Burgin, Bruno Kocher and Ulrich Kunz will be bitterly disappointed though. They led the way in their match against Zimbabwe’s Tony Havercroft, Keith Beck, Mike Eaton and Frank Bruno, holding a 12-7 after twelve ends, but Zimbabwe rose to the challenge and reeled off a 2, 3 and 1 finish to pip the Swiss at the post 13-12. In the women’s Round 6 match South Africa stretched their shots advantage at the top, beating Scotland 20-7, but there were massive positional changes from second spot down. Joanne Hedgespeth’s USA A team of Martha Nilson, Mary Thompson and Linda Roberts also reeled off a strong finish over the second half of their match against Norfolk Island’s Debra Adams, Ann Snell, Kate Smith and Marg O’Brien and move up to second position.
The USA A led 11-6 but dropped a count of six shots on the ninth end to trail, and despite retaliating with a double the Norfolk team countered with a treble to move ahead 15-13. However, in a battle to the end, it was the USA who won the remaining four ends to get over the finishing line 18-15 and move up the Standings. A 15-15 draw with USA B kept Jersey B team in the reckoning in third position, two points behind the leaders, and despite defeats Cyprus B and Scotland are still in the mix, locked on 12 points along with England who kept their intentions alive with a 16-11 win over Cyprus A. Pointless Guernsey and Wales were delighted to chalk up first time victories. Guernsey got home 14-8 against Cyprus B – scoring five shots over the closing four ends and Wales scored a treble of the last end to edge out Jersey A 13-11.

MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIPS / ROUND 7 RESULTS England B bt England A 14-10, South Africa bt USA A 22-13, Czech bt Guernsey 11-10, Scotland drew with USA B 14-14, Cyprus B bt Jersey A 23-9, Norfolk Is bt Wales 20-7, Cyprus A bt Jersey B 17-8, Zimbabwe bt Switzerland 13-12. STANDINGS AFTER DAY 3 / ROUND 7 21 pts South Africa, 19pts England B, 18pts England A,15pts Norfolk Is, 13 pts Cyprus A, 12 pts USA A, 10pts Wales, Scotland, 9pts Jersey A, Zimbabwe, 7pts USA B, Cyprus B, 6pts Jersey B, Czech, 3pts Switzerland, 0pts Guernsey.

WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIPS / ROUND 6 RESULTS Guernsey bt Cyprus B 14-8, Wales bt Jersey 13-11, Jersey B drew with USA B 15-15, USA A bt Norfolk Is 18-15, South Africa bt Scotland 20-7, England bt Cyprus A 16-11. STANDINGS AFTER DAY 3 /ROUND 6 15pts South Africa (+53), USA A (14), 13pts Jersey B, 12pts Cyprus B, Scotland, England, 9pts Cyprus A,6pts Jersey A, 4pts USA B, 3pts Guernsey, Norfolk Is, Wales.

ATLANTIC SENIOR FOURS 2023 @Athena Beach Hotel, Paphos, Cyprus – 1st /12th December DAY 4 (Monday 4th December)


South Africa’s Men and Women both suffered simultaneous defeats in the last session of Day 4 of the Atlantic Senior Fours Championship, on the four green complex at Athena Beach hotel in Cyprus, bringing their unbeaten runs to an end. After 9 rounds of action in the Men’s Championships, Ciaran Leaden, Andrew Harvey, Christopher Williams and Richard Janes took the scalp of group leaders Francois Koen, Gianni Gatti, John Connellan and Kenny Kyriacou with a double of the last end of their match. It was a hard fought and boisterous exchange between the two nations, with never more than a few shots between the rivals. However, in an exciting conclusion, both sides stood all square at 9-9 playing the last end and it was a delighted Welsh team – with Richard Janes making his first appearance as skip – who came away with the vital three-point win as they crossed the finishing line 11-9. The England B team of Brett Arkley, Tony Humphries, Alex Bryden and Alan Theobald took full advantage of the South African defeat with a 19-14 victory over Colin Leighton’s Guernsey rink and move to pole position, and now sit just one point ahead of South Africa. England A tie on 24points with the Springbok team but are in third position with 49 shots in their account while South Africa have 112. It was definitely England’s day, with Cheryl Hanslip, Anne Burchell, Caroline Callum and Glenys Bolt also knocking South Africa’s Nan Roos, Glenda Matthews, Pam Cole-Cook and Sue Tarr from top spot. Playing on the adjoining rink played a steady game and posted an 18-15 victory and that result leaves both teams locked on 18 points at the top of the women’s group. South Africa hold the upper hand with 51 shots while England have 19. With only three rounds of qualifying matches remaining, it will be a scramble over the next two days to grab one of the four spots up for grabs in the knockout stages. Jersey B, Cyprus B and A, Scotland and USA A respectively are all sitting on their tails, just three points adrift of the leaders.

MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP /SESSION 1/ROUND 8 USA A bt Switzerland 14-12, England A bt Guernsey 21-14,
South Africa bt USA B 25-2, Jersey A bt CZR 15-9, Wales bt Scotland 14-13, Jersey B bt Cyprus B 17-13, England B bt Zimbabwe 22-6, Cyprus A bt Norfolk Is 17-10, SESSION 2/ROUND 9 England B bt Guernsey 19-14, Switzerland bt USA B 18-9, England A bt Jersey A 19-7, Wales bt South Africa 11-9, Jersey B bt CZR 15-9, Zimbabwe bt USA A 13-7, Cyprus B bt Norfolk Is 18-12, Scotland bt Cyprus A 13-7, STANDINGS AFTER ROUND 9 25pts England B, 24pts South Africa (112), England A (49), 16 pts Cyprus A (31), Wales (19), 15 pts Norfolk Is (30), USA A (-9), 13pts Scotland, 12pts Jersey B, Jersey A, Zimbabwe, 10pts Cyprus B, 7pts USA B, 6pts CZR, Switzerland, 0pts Guernsey.

WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIPS / SESSION 1/ROUND 7 Cyprus A bt Scotland 14-13, South Africa bt Norfolk Is 15-14, Jersey B bt USA A 14-9, Jersey A bt USA B 14-10, Guernsey bt Wales 17-10, England bt Cyprus B 15-13, SESSION 2 / ROUND 8 Wales bt USA B 14-12, Cyprus A bt Jersey 20-11, Norfolk Is bt Jersey A 16-9, Scotland bt Guernsey 18-8, England bt South Africa 18-15, Cyprus B bt USA A 19-14, STANDINGS AFTER ROUND 8 18pts South Africa (51), England (19), 16pts Jersey B, 15pts Cyprus B (35), Cyprus A (25), Scotland (24), USA A (4), 9 pts Jersey A, 6pts Norfolk Is (-38), Guernsey (-45), Wales (-54), 4pts USA B.

ATLANTIC SENIOR FOURS 2023 @Athena Beach Hotel, Paphos, Cyprus – 1st /12th December DAY 5 (Tuesday 5th December)

Day 5 of the Atlantic Senior Championship was another interesting day at the Athena Beach Hotel in Paphos Cyprus with nations battling to secure vital points with the knockout stages getting ever closer. With only one round of matches remaining for the twelve women’s nations, it would be fair to say that only five teams are in contention for one of the quarter final knock-out berths with South Africa, Cyprus A, England and USA A all standing on 21 points and Scotland on 18 points. With three points allocated for a win and one for a draw, it will be a battle to the bitter end, with one of these five countries destined to miss out – but which one will it be? The way the final round of games has worked out show that fifth placed Scotland will require nothing short of a win against the USA A to stay in contention. USA A are in fourth spot – three points ahead of Scotland. If Scotland lose then the pecking order for finishing positions will be decided between table topper South Africa who play second placed Cyprus A and England – who are in third place take on second bottom Guernsey. Four rounds of section matches remain in the Men’s Group. South Africa got back to winning way with victories in Rounds 10 and 11 to stay in pole position with 30 points – two points ahead of rivals England B and six ahead of England A. Norfolk Is also secured two wins and are currently locked on 21 points alongside USA A, but with four rounds remaining it’s anyone’s guess what will happen over the concluding round being played over the remaining two days of qualifying. Stay tuned!

MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP / SESSION 1/ROUND 10 USA A bt USA B 14-7, Jersey A bt England B 11-9. Wales bt Switzerland 31-7, Jersey B bt England A 13-10, Guernsey bt Zimbabwe 22-17, Norfolk Is bt CZR 19-10, South Africa bt Cyprus A 19-7, Cyprus B bt Scotland 14-12, SESSION 2 /ROUND 11
Jersey A bt Guernsey 15-14, USA A bt Wales 16-14, England B bt Jersey B 23-9, Zimbabwe bt USA B 18-7, Norfolk Is bt England A 16-8, Switzerland bt Cyprus A 12-9, Scotland bt CZR 18-12, South Africa bt Cyprus B 19-9.

STANDINGS AFTER ROUND 11 of 15: 30pts South Africa (134), 28pts England B (73), 24 pts England A (38), 21pts Norfolk Is (46), USA A (0), 19pts Wales (4), 18pts Jersey (-11), 16pts Cyprus A (16), Scotland (8), 15pts Jersey B (-22), Zimbabwe (-51), 13pts Cyprus B, 9pts Switzerland, 7pts USA B, 6pts CZR, 3pts Guernsey.

WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP /SESSION 1 ROUND 9 Norfolk Is bt Guernsey 22-8, Jersey A bt Jersey B 17-5, Cyprus A bt USA B 19-12, USA A bt Wales 13-11, South Africa bt Cyprus B 18-11, England bt Scotland 20-13. SESSION 2 / ROUND 10 Norfolk Is bt Wales 13-9, Scotland bt USA B 18-13, USA A bt South Africa 22-13, Cyprus A bt Guernsey 19-15, Jersey A bt England 13-7, Cyprus B drew with Jersey B 14-14.

STANDINGS AFTER ROUND 10 (of 11): 21pts South Africa (49), Cyprus (36), England (20), USA A (15), 18pts Scotland, 17pts Jersey B (1), 16pts Cyprus B (1), 15pts Jersey A (18), 12pts Norfolk Is (-20), 6pts Wales (-60), Guernsey (-63), 4pts USA B (-46)

WOMEN’S SCHEDULE OF PLAY FOR ROUND 11 – CONCLUDING SECTION MATCH Norfolk Is v USA B, Jersey B v Wales, Cyprus B v Jersey A, England v Guernsey, Cyprus A v South Africa, Scotland v USA A.

Anne Dunwoodie