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UPDATE; McRAE'S TOUR DE FORCE.

A blistering late charge gave Scotland's Colin McRae victory in the Tour of Corsica rally yesterday.

Subaru driver McRae overhauled Carlos Sainz's massive 22-second overnight lead to win the event by eight seconds and haul himself to within two points of World Championship leader Tommi Makinen.

That included a brilliant 15-second final-stage victory in the wet, but modest McRae insisted: "I didn't have much choice - my only option was to attack.

"I would have preferred dry conditions because we didn't do much testing with the rain tyres, but it was OK."

Spaniard Sainz was second, with third-placed Frenchman Gilles Panizzi raving: "What McRae did is just fantastic."

McRae's title rival Makinen crashed out when his Mitsubishi hit a cow.

RUGBY: Border Reivers have signed up world-renowned fitness guru Phil Mack in their bid for European Cup glory.

Mack - who has worked with the All Blacks - is superintendent at the celebrated Cape Town Sports Injury Clinic and physio with Super 12 side Western Province.

In addition, the Reivers have confirmed that their coaching line-up will be the men who steered their clubs to first and second places in the Tennents Premiership in the last two seasons.

Melrose's Rob Moffat fills the chief coaching slot, while Peter Gallagher of Watsonians will be his No.2.

Scotland Under-21 centre Jamie Mayer and Boroughmuir hooker Kevin Allan are the surprise omissions from the 100 players who will represent the four Scottish districts in Europe next season.

Both were left out of the Edinburgh pool, even though Mayer has been selected for the Scottish summer tour to South Africa and Allan has been chosen to go with the Silver Thistles to New Zealand.

HOCKEY: Scotland's women's World Cup bid has been boosted by the prospect of opening matches against their weakest group rivals Zimbabwe and Russia.

Coach Mike Gilbert is hopeful of building a points cushion before tougher clashes with New Zealand, Spain and China.
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:May 8, 1997
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