15. Stuart Hogg – 9
Captain courageous. Set the tone in terms of commitment and attitude. Solid at the back, secure under the high ball, always a threat ball in hand and his siege gun-kicking was sensational.
14. Sean Maitland – 9
Maybe his best game in a Scotland shirt. Tidy in defence, magnificent in the air, chased hard all afternoon but particularly in lead up to Van der Merve’s try.
13. Chris Harris – 8
The game did not really go his way – but somebody must have been snuffing out England’s highly-hyped midfield threat.
12. Cameron Redpath – 9
An outstanding debut – as if to the manner born – smooth hands and a quick eye – picked a great line on his first touch – and won a couple of very important turnovers.
11. Duhan van der Merwe – 8
A physical threat throughout, and there was a lot still needing done for his try – not many wingers would have had the raw power needed to score it.
10. Finn Russell – 9
The talisman dictated terms and played the game exactly where he wanted to play it. Kicked superbly and kicked clever. Hard done by for his yellow card, missed a couple of goal kicks you would want him to kick, and risked letting England in to pinch it with his last-minute attempted drop goal, when all he needed to do was let the forwards run the clock down.
9. Ali Price – 8
A torrid opening ten minutes when Maro Itoje charged down two of his box kicks, but he settled down to provide an effective link between his rampant forwards and his authoritative half-back partner, and he ran the show himself when Russell was in the sin bin.
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1. Rory Sutherland – 9
Well on top until the last scrum before he was subbed when fatigue hit and the English reinforcements came into play. Put himself about in the loose, but whilst he was maybe unlucky to give away what could have been a costly penalty at the restart after Van der Merwe’s try, it should not happen – although that should not prejudice his Lions place.
2. George Turner – 9
Threw brilliantly, carried powerfully, worked his socks off around the field – and kept his cool when Cameron Redpath put him into space in the lead up to Van der Merwe’s try.
3. Zander Fagerson – 8
Scrummed well and put in a big shift in and around the breakdown – making the short but heavy and critical hard yards time and time again.
4. Scott Cummings – 8
An unsung hero – roamed all over the park making things happen – rapidly maturing into a world class lock, he did not give Itoje an inch all afternoon – and did not appear discomfited in the slightest by his move into the back-row with ten minutes to go.
5. Jonny Gray – 9
Magnificent. Ruled the line-out – secure on his own ball and a couple of really important steals, putting his obstreperous Exeter teammate Jonny Hill firmly back in his box in the process – and some great defensive work to boot.
6. Jamie Ritchie – 8
Tremendous effort – unbelievable work-rate and commitment, working for the most part under the radar. Never took a backward step against a very powerful English backrow.
7. Hamish Watson – 9
Stepped up to the plate alongside Jamie Ritchie. Dominated the breakdown – carried well – and tackled like a demon.
8. Matt Fagerson – 8
Carried well – exploding into the game in the lead up to Van der Merwe’s try – and did his bit at the line-out on England’s ball.
16. Dave Cherry – 6
Replaced Turner with 13 minutes to go. It has been a long hard road – but he has got there – and well deserved too!
17. Oli Kebble – 6
He is a big unit and pretty one-paced – but in fairness, he kept the scrum together after replacing Sutherland in the 64th minute.
18. WP Nel – 6
He did what we know he can do in the scrum once for those last 16 minutes – and put a bit into the defensive wall.
19. Richie Gray – 7
It was as if he had never been away.
20. Gary Graham – 7
Nothing if not aggressive.
21. Scott Steele – 7
Did what was needing done during he last 11 minutes – stuck the ball in the box.
22. Jaco van der Walt – N/A
Didn’t get on.
23. Huw Jones – 6
A fleeting eight-minute cameo, but he appeared to enjoy it.