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- International Match
- 11th Aug 2007
- KO 14:30
- Ground: Murrayfield, Edinburgh
- Att: 25,127
Henderson: We've got momentum
Hat-trick hero hails timely win against Ireland
It was a huge opportunity for all of us, going out and staking a claim for the World Cup and getting some momentum.
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Andrew Henderson reckons that, following Scotland's 31-21 victory against Ireland at Murrayfield, their countdown to the World Cup is well and truly underway.
The Glasgow centre gave an inspired display against the Triple Crown champions, running in a hat-trick of tries as Scotland ended a run of seven successive defeats against the Irish.
And, with coach Frank Hadden naming his squad for the autumn showpiece on Tuesday, the 27-year-old reckons that the timely win is just the benchmark Scotland need.
"It was a huge opportunity for all of us, going out and staking a claim for the World Cup and getting some momentum," he said.
"To get the win over Ireland is a massive thing having gone so long and played them so many times without winning, so that's the biggest thing to come out of the game.
"It feels really good to get the win against them, pre-World Cup friendly or not. It was a Test match."
Scotland ran in five tries in all - Ally Hogg and Euan Murray complementing Henderson - with Ireland launching a second-half fightback aided by tries from Isaac Boss and Andrew Trimble.
But the home nation held on - with Scotland's pack regaining the tight grip on proceedings they had shown during the opening period.
"At the beginning of the match the forwards took it up and enabled us to get some momentum and it makes it easier from there," Henderson continued.
"We built a good platform by half time but we knew they would come back hard at us. Their tries were down to mistakes by us but we knew if we could cut them out and do some better stuff ourselves we'd hang on to the win.
"Obviously you're aware that they eaten in to your lead and that it's quite close but we knew we had enough to win the game and it's nice we've managed to see out a tight situation."
Hadden's squad will receive another stern examination a week on Saturday when they take on South Africa.