France v Scotland: Scotland player ratings

Hamish Watson was once again outstanding as several players furthered their case for Lions selection

Hamish Watson has another world class game for Scotland. Image: © Craig Watson -
Hamish Watson has another world class game for Scotland. Image: © Craig Watson -

15. Stuart Hogg – 8   [Brice Dulin 6]

The lodestone for this dramatic victory – the beating heart of an outstanding team effort. Solid at the back – always threatening going forward – a couple of siege gun kicks which changed the tenor of the game.  After six penalties and a warning he maybe should not have given Wayne Barnes grounds for the sin-bin. And maybe he should have gone for goal at 23-20, but that did work out okay! Nailed down for the Lions.

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14. Darcy Graham – 6   [Damian Penaud 7]

The game did not run his way – but whatever he needed to do, he did effectively – and allayed any concerns about Sean Maitland’s expendability.

13. Chris Harris – 8  [Virimi Vakatawa 7]

Worked his socks off doing what he was there to do – keeping his channel shut – and he did it brilliantly. A genuine Lions prospect.

12. Sam Johnson – 7   [Arthur Vincent 7]

A pressure valve – tidy, busy and reliable. Hit a great line onto a short delayed pass from Ali Price off the back of a line-out and was unlucky not to score.

11. Duhan van der Merwe – 8   [Gael Fickou 7]

Tremendous power – took both his tries well, though serious question about double movement for the first. Defence is still a concern – missed Damian Penaud badly in lead up to Brice Dulin’s try.

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10. Finn Russell – 7   [Romain Ntamack 6]

Dictated terms superbly in the first half – kicked clever and mixed it up well. Under much more pressure after the break but kept it more or less together until being badly done by a very harsh red card.

9. Ali Price – 7   [Antoine Dupont 7]

A difficult night for scrum-halves, but honours even with arguably the best player in the world is no mean feat.


1. Rory Sutherland – 7   [Cyril Baille 7]

A torrid night in the scrum with advantage swinging from side to side, but essentially came through it intact, maybe even on the plus side – and did his bit about the park.

2. George Turner – 7   [Julien Marchand 7]

A strong vote of confidence from Gregor Townsend recalling him after the line-out disaster against Ireland and he more than repaid that faith, helped no end by France’s surprisingly negative approach to their defensive line-outs and Scotland’s more conservative calls. Exploded into the game with two powerful carries and worked hard throughout.

3. Zander Fagerson – 7 [Mohamed Haouas 7]

The scrum was not for the faint hearted and Baille is a very destructive prop, but Fagerson gave as good as he got – winning a couple / losing a couple – and a raging bull when he got a chance on the short ball.

4. Sam Skinner – 7   [Bernard Le Roux 7]

Looked the part – put himself about –  hit the breakdowns –  much tidier at the re-starts – useful auxiliary jumper.

5. Grant Gilchrist – 8   [Swan Rebbadj 7]

Another big shift from a great donkey. Safe at the line-out – strong in the scrum – active in the loose – 14 tackles. What was there not to like? Still third choice?

6. Jamie Ritchie – 8   [Anthony Jelonch 7]

Back to his best. Tackle – tackle – tackle – and it was not just the number of tackles – it was their quality. Nailed Brice Dulin to set up the first penalty. Dominated the breakdown – and when you play on the edge you run the risk of getting penalised — though did concede a bad one at the restart from Ntamack’s second penalty.

7. Hamish Watson – 9   [Charles Ollivon 7]

World class – again!

8. Nick Haining – 8   [Grégory Alldritt 7]

Looked very good. Twelve carries for 95 metres – particularly effective from restarts. Vital line-out steal just before half time. A star might very well be born.



16. David Cherry – 7   (for George Turner in 58th minute)

Another game – another try.  Worked very hard to get into it. Missed his man twice – but it looked down to faulty communication rather than a bad throw.

17. Oli Kebble – 6   (for Rory Sutherland in 48th minute)

Mobility is not his strong suit – but he kept the scrum together.

18. Simon Berghan – N/A   (for Zander Fagerson in 63rd minute)

Had to leave field injured within 5 minute of coming on.

19. Alex Craig – 6   (for Sam skinner in 75th minute)

Carried hard when he got his chance as a late replacement.

20. Ryan Wilson – 7   (for Nick Haining in 66th minute)

A big bonus being there – and gave it his all.

21. Scott Steele – N/A

Did not get on.

22. Adam Hastings – 7  (for Sam Johnson in 72nd minute)

Chipped the ball away aimlessly close to the death – but saw and manufactured the pass which made Duhan van der Merwe’s winning try.

23. Huw Jones – 6   (for Darcy Graham in 66th minute)

Nothing much went his way.

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  1. Might have given Kebble an extra point or two. Made some big carries in the lead up to that final try when it looked like the French defence was starting to make dominant tackles. Kept us on the front foot and the rest is history!

  2. Matt Fagerson has grown into the number 8 role so well over the tournament I thought we’d really miss him, but Haining’s performance was extraordinary. He looked every bit a test 8 to stand alongside his more illustrious opponent. Townshend has a selection headache on his hands if Haining can keep up that kind of form.

    Likewise, Turner and Cherry have performed so well (Ireland game excepted) in absence of our preferred hookers. Turner brings so much dynamism, seems to have eliminated his bombscare tendencies and if he can get his throwing to a more consistent level can become first choice. Brown and McInally will have to show very good form to win back their places.

    This game must have convinced the Harris doubters of his worth. I prefer Jones but there is just no doubt about how effective Harris is at this level – reminds me a bit of Tindall in his role.

    Also plaudits have to go to Gilchrist, forcing himself into contention for a starting spot again when all are fit, and Hastings who put aside his poor Glasgow form.

    Finally, Price gets some brickbats from fans now who want all the flashy play and less impressed by the nuts and bolts. Some of his box kicking was poor and was lucky to stay in the field when Penaud scored. However, he showed how important his leadership is to the team, bossing the last ten minutes, taking lots of responsibility for attacking plays in the final quarter and he deserves lots of credit. I think he’s an outside bet for Lions but that performance will have done him no harm at all.I’d have him in the plane ahead of youngs.

  3. Think it’s pretty obvious its marks out of 10, pretty standard stuff for player ratings no matter the sport. As for the names in brackets, its the players french equivalent. I’m sure random rugby fans checking this could figure it out easily enough…..

  4. Fair markings. I thought Haining was excellent even without the vital line out steal at the end of the first half. Price is still a bit of an enigma. His box kicks weren’t charged down but they seemed to go further than the chasers but that maybe was the instructions he had. On the plus side, he was still getting from breakdown to breakdown after 85 long minutes.

  5. I froze the Finn Russell incident on TV, his left hand was on the French player’s left shoulder and his left elbow was on his right shoulder. I conducted a quick human experiment to replicate this scenario using and the forearm does not contact the throat. A very harsh red card indeed.

    • Might be a good call but who the hell knows? Names and numbers and totally opaque as to what means what! No explanation as to the numeric coding – high? low? Player number? What’s with the names in brackets? Thus is a column for the cognoscenti, random rugby fans who click to have a look are clearly not the market. On reflection – bo**ocks!

    • I just had a vision of someone in your family a bit concerned at being used for tackle practise in your living room…
      I agree, was harsh.

    • Harsh red card, however his forearm is definitely on Dulin throat when he is going on the ground.
      Dulin exposed himself and should have tackled lower.


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