|Scotland 48 (17)|
|Tries: Graham (2), Brown (2), Watson, McInally, Van der Merwe, Kinghorn Cons: Hastings (4)|
|Georgia 7 (0)|
|Attempt: Tabutsadze Con: Abzhandadze|
Scotland warmed up up for subsequent Saturday’s Six Nations recreation towards Wales with a complete eight-try win over Georgia at Murrayfield.
Tries from Darcy Graham, Fraser Brown and Hamish Watson had the hosts 17-0 on the break.
Akaki Tabutsadze responded for Georgia, however scores from Brown, Stuart McInally, Duhan Van der Merwe, Graham and Blair Kinghorn sealed victory.
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 head coach Gregor 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 begin 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 anticipate 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 need to construct on their work within the Six Nations earlier this 12 months, after 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 properly constructed maul rumbled over after a lineout as Townsend’s aspect took on Georgia at their very own energy recreation.
Georgian sick 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 all 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 was missed in first-half additional time, as Brown and Cornell Du Preez – who changed the injured Matt Fagerson – shoved over, however a TMO assessment 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 assessment 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 on the spot influence with two good floating passes creating overlaps which Scotland did not capitalise on.
But it surely was the lineout maul once more which obtained Scotland over the road. McInally changed Brown and took his place behind 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 unfastened 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 below the posts for a debut rating, earlier than Graham added his second of the night time after alternative scrum-half George Horne’s delicate palms put him in on the nook.
Kinghorn’s attempt rounded off a robust 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; Worth; Sutherland, Brown (capt), Z Fagerson; Toolis, Cummings; Ritchie, Watson, M Fagerson.
Substitutes: McInally, Kebble, Berghan, Harley, Haining, Du Preez, G Horne, Russell.