|Scotland 48 (17)|
|Tries: Graham (2), Brown (2), Watson, McInally, Van der Merwe, Kinghorn Cons: Hastings (4)|
|Georgia 7 (0)|
|Strive: Tabutsadze Con: Abzhandadze|
Scotland’s forwards “stood up effectively” towards a strong Georgia pack of their 48-7 win at Murrayfield, says head coach Gregor Townsend.
Hooker Fraser Brown scored twice from driving mauls, along with his alternative Stuart McInally including one in every of his personal.
Flanker Hamish Watson additionally scored a attempt, including to efforts by Duhan Van der Merwe, Blair Kinghorn, and two from Darcy Graham.
“It was actually a very good work out for the forwards,” Townsend stated.
“We knew the Georgians satisfaction themselves on the scrum and the maul and given the situations underfoot we thought there can be a number of scrums tonight.
“I assumed we stood up effectively there, we had been dominant within the scrum and and definitely within the maul. There are actually areas to enhance on, however it’s a primary sport for some time.”
Finn Russell’s return from the bench capped a constructive night time for Scotland.
The fly-half got here on halfway into the second-half for his first look for a 12 months after he performed no half within the Six Nations for a breach of staff protocol which led to a falling-out with Townsend.
Subsequent up for Scotland is their last match of the interrupted Six Nations towards Wales in Llanelli every week on Saturday, earlier than they start their autumn Nations Cup marketing campaign.
Forwards’ grunt opens lead
Taking part in their first Take a look at for the reason that win towards France at Murrayfield seven months in the past, it might have been honest to count on some rust from Scotland. Other than Graham’s fast faucet and sharp end after simply two minutes, the opening quarter was heavy going, with neither aspect managing fluid rugby.
What was evident, although, was Scotland’s want to construct on their work within the Six Nations earlier this 12 months, once they demonstrated a tougher edge up entrance and a newly cussed defence.
The forwards had been requested to do the heavy lifting, and with due reward. Brown – captaining Scotland for the primary time – was the beneficiary as a effectively constructed maul rumbled over after a lineout as Townsend’s aspect took on Georgia at their very own energy sport.
Georgian ailing self-discipline was a theme, as they reached double figures for penalties conceded earlier than the half-time whistle had even sounded. Scotland capitalised on one in every of many benefits after battering by way of phases near the try-line, as Scott Cummings fed the spectacular prop Rory Sutherland, who put in Watson to complete within the nook on 32 minutes.
However one other alternative to increase the 17-0 lead was missed in first-half time beyond regulation, as Brown and Cornell Du Preez – who changed the injured Matt Fagerson – shoved over, however a TMO evaluation was unable to make clear who had managed to floor the ball.
Backs run riot late on
The second half began in the identical scrappy method, however got here to life when winger Tabutsadze caught scrum-half Vasil Lobzhanidze’s lofted cross after 4 minutes to dash in for a rating, which was confirmed when a TMO evaluation confirmed Cummings’ contact prevented the ultimate cross from being judged ahead.
However any notion of a spectacular comeback was shortly quashed when Brown dropped over from the again of a maul as Scotland reasserted their dominance on the lineout.
That stretched Scotland’s lead again to fifteen factors, and it was then time for Russell to make his long-awaited return for the nationwide aspect.
The Racing fly-half trotted on with a broad smile on his face for his fiftieth cap, however slotted into the within centre place vacated by James Lang, as Hastings remained at 10. He made an prompt influence with two sensible floating passes creating overlaps which Scotland didn’t capitalise on.
But it surely was the lineout maul once more which acquired Scotland over the road. McInally changed Brown and took his place in the back of the drive to flop over, with Hastings discovering the mark along with his conversion after lacking the earlier three.
Scotland’s back-line had been let free towards a tiring Georgia defence within the last quarter to cap can emphatic victory.
First, Van der Merwe careered on to Russell’s inside ball to cost underneath the posts for a debut rating, earlier than Graham added his second of the night time after alternative scrum-half George Horne’s tender palms put him in on the nook.
Kinghorn’s attempt rounded off a strong second half and was arguably the choose of all eight tries. The complete-back chipped over the Georgia defence – by this level right down to 14 males after a yellow card – from deep, and managed to flick the ball again up for himself to trot in and contact down.
Scotland staff: Kinghorn; Graham; Harris, Lang; Van der Merwe; Hastings; Value; Sutherland, Brown (capt), Z Fagerson; Toolis, Cummings; Ritchie, Watson, M Fagerson.
Substitutes: McInally, Kebble, Berghan, Harley, Haining, Du Preez, G Horne, Russell.