Max Evans joins up with Scotland squad for Fiji and Samoa Tests

By Jim MasonBBC rugby reporter on tour with Scotland

Max Evans has joined the Scotland squad in Australia after missing the first Test of the summer tour.

Evans was unavailable for the 9-6 win against Australia due to his involvement in Castres' weekend match against Toulouse.

The 28-year-old was able to watch the closing stages of Scotland's victory in New South Wales in Singapore Airport.

"I was trying to keep the noise down in the lounge, but it was great," Evans told BBC Scotland.

"Having the composure to make those few more yards to get close to the posts; you can tell how much it meant with the reaction afterwards."

That reaction included an accidental clash of heads between Alasdair Strokosch and Joe Ansbro as the tourists celebrated.

Should Evans play on the wing against Fiji instead of Ansbro, he's not worried about a repeat performance.

"Being my height I don't think I'm able to jump as high as Joe," said Evans.

The Scots will travel to Fiji on Saturday and conditions are expected to be hotter and drier than in Newcastle, NSW.

"I just can't wait," enthused Evans. "The semi-final [Castres] had at the weekend was at the football stadium in Toulouse, it was a great track with a really fast surface.

"I think we'll have a similar situation in Fiji and Samoa. As soon as I walk out on a pitch like that I just can't wait to get that first touch.

"We're going to be loving it, chucking the ball around and putting together good plays."

Under head coach Andy Robinson, Scotland's Six Nations and Rugby World Cup performances have been poor.

However, Robinson's side have fared better in autumn and summer Test series with two victories against Australia, a defeat of South Africa and two wins out of two in a summer tour of Argentina.

Evans admits to being puzzled by Scotland's inconsistent form.

"The boys have been completely up for these games and for the Six Nations," he added.

"It's difficult to explain, but whatever the guys are doing now we should keep doing."

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