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Best of Social: Debutants delight, McLean steps and Barrett milestone

Best of Social: Debutants delight, McLean steps and Barrett milestone

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Two high-scoring games launched the Autumn Nations Series in style on Saturday and social media was abuzz as New Zealand and Scotland put on a show.

Scotland got the action underway with an emphatic display against Tonga, scoring ten tries at BT Murrayfield as Gregor Townsend’s men ran out 60-14 winners in Edinburgh.

South African-born wing Kyle Steyn stole the headlines for the hosts on his first international start by becoming the first Scotland player to score four tries in a match for 26 years.

His performance certainly impressed fellow Glasgow Warriors teammate George Horne, who took to Twitter to praise his friend for his historic Player of the Match display.

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Steyn emulated Gavin Hastings’ four scores against Ivory Coast at the 1995 World Cup but he became the first Scottish player to achieve the feat at BT Murrayfield.

Scotland certainly gave those watching on in Edinburgh plenty of entertainment, with Paralympian Neil Fachie and his teammates among the supporters who were treated to tries galore.

Rufus McLean also scored twice on his debut while Pierre Schoeman managed to cross the whitewash on his Scotland bow, capping a memorable day for the prop.

McLean’s second try also saw him go viral thanks to his outrageous step.

Meanwhile, New Zealand were also in clinical form as they returned to the top of the world rankings with a seven-try 54-16 victory over a depleted Wales in Cardiff.

Two tries from Beauden Barrett and scores from TJ Perenara, Will Jordan, Dalton Papalii, Sevu Reece and Anton Lienert-Brown, plus 19 points from Jordie Barrett, sealed the win.

It was a particularly special occasion for Beauden Barrett, who was named Player of the Match at the Principality Stadium on his 100th Test appearance for the All Blacks.

Sonny Bill Williams and Michael Lynagh were among those to pay tribute to the 30-year-old after he played a pivotal role in the All Blacks getting the better of Wales in their own backyard.

And while Alun Wyn Jones’ day ended in the 18th minute, the legendary Wales skipper also celebrated another milestone by winning his 149th cap for his country.

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