In a game where Scotland A aimed for a hat-trick of victories over the England Saxons, a draw was the final outcome in a keenly contested game where both teams gave as good as the got.
The Saxons led at half-time after being awarded a penalty try but in the second half, Scotland were resurgent and courtesy of a Byron McGuigan try and a last gasp Tom Heathcote penalty, the hosts drew level.
Shade Munro named a strong team for the visit of the auld enemy with Allister Hogg featuring in a blue jersey for the first time since 2009.
Young Jonny Gray captained the side having led the Scotland under 20’s last year.
Following last week’s defeat to the Irish Wolfhounds, the Saxons were quick out of the blocks, taking an early 3-0 lead through a Freddie Burns penalty from 30 metres.
Scotland were quick to respond through scrum-half Henry Pyrgos who slotted over a drop-goal thanks to some quick thinking. Situated more than 35 metres away from the posts, the number nine took a step back from a ruck before coolly dispatching.
Freddie Burns then had an immediate opportunity to put the Saxons back in front but the fly-half skewed his kick wide.
The visitors were then put at a disadvantage when Dan Robson was sin-binned for stamping.
Before the scrum-half rejoined the action, his opposite number Henry Pyrgos gave the boys in blue the lead following a simple kick from a penalty.
After 34 minutes, Saxons added seven points to the scoreboard through a penalty try from a scrum and conversion from Freddie Burns.
The England kicker was on form but Scotland were forced to reassess their fly-half options when Greig Tonks was taken off through injury with Tom Heathcote replacing him before the break.
Early in the second half, the Saxons increased their lead through a long range Freddie Burns penalty.
But Burns had to hobble off four minutes later to be replaced by Henry Slade, who almost immediately was sin-binned when caught offside.
With Scotland behind, head coach Shade Munro made a raft of changes with Hart replacing Pyrgos, Holmes coming on for Cowan, and Atkins stepping in for Lowe. Jon Welsh also departed the field of play in place of Ed Kalman.
The subs made an instant impact with Scotland scoring a try from the following play. In a slick back move, Mark Bennett spun the final pass out wide to Glasgow Warriors winger, Byron McGuigan who was clinical in crossing the white line.
Tom Heathcote then converted the resultant kick to level the scores at 13-13.
The Saxons proved to be a tenacious outfit and were soon back in front through an Elliot Daly penalty. Shortly after, he had a chance to put another three points on the board but his kick didn’t have the distance.
As the game drew to a close, Tom Heathcote had a chance from wide on the flank but the Bath fly-half miss-hit the ball and saw it bounce short of the posts.
Moments later, the 21-year-old redeemed himself by drawing Scotland level on the scoreboard with a kick from 22 metres.
That kick proved to the last of the action on the scoreboard, ensuring the spoils were shared.
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