Ireland v Scotland: Scotland player ratings

Winger Duhan van der Merwe stands out in a match which started brightly for the visitors but ended in frustration

Scotland second-row Scott Cummings is tackled by CJ Stander. Image: © Craig Watson -
Scotland second-row Scott Cummings is tackled by CJ Stander. Image: © Craig Watson -

15. Stuart Hogg – 7

Cannot be faulted for effort – constantly looking to make something happen – but overall, it just did not work for him.

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14. Darcy Graham – 5

A difficult afternoon – culpable to a degree in each of Ireland’s three tries – not getting off the ground for Keith Earl’s first, being sucked in for his second and dithering in the lead up to Cian Healey’s. Replaced by Sean Maitland in the 56th minute.

13. Chris Harris – 6

Solid enough – but did not make much happen.

12. Duncan Taylor – 7

Played well in the first half – vision, aggression, very well organised – and hard done by for his yellow card – struggled to get back into the game, before taking a knock and was replaced by Huw Jones in the 64th minute.

11. Duhan van der Merwe – 8

Superb try underscored his many virtues – strong, fast, committed – always threatening and looking to get into the game.

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10. Jaco van der Walt – 7

Settled quickly and looked comfortable with a strong passing game and some very nice touches – one particular long, finely-judged kick into the corner catching the eye. Unlucky with his first long range kick at goal hitting the upright – but confidently nailed his other four attempts.

9. Ali Price – 6

Not an easy afternoon – harried relentlessly at the breakdown and short of protection. A couple of erratic passes – but he hung in there – and used the box with his now customary aplomb.

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1. Rory Sutherland – 7

Strong in the scrum – active in the loose – comprehensively dispensed any lingering concerns about his wobble in Rome three weeks ago. Replaced by Oli Kebble in 64th minute.

2. Fraser Brown – 6

Lively, hard-working, solid in the scrum, threw well, a great tackle on Josh van der Flier – but three maybe four needless penalties. Replaced by George Turner in the 67th minute.

3. Zander Fagerson – 7

A big shift keeping the scrum anchored against a strong, wily opponent. Replaced by WP Nel in the 68th minute.

4. Scott Cummings – 7

Put himself about enthusiastically – sticking in some big tackles and making the hard yards – plus doing his bit at the line-out. Replaced by Sam Skinner in 64th minute.

5. Jonny Gray – 7

The ultimate work-horse who compared very favourably with Ireland’s two Lions contenders, Iain Henderson and James Ryan.

6. Blade Thomson – 6

Never really got into the game – though he did provide a useful line-out option – and he did make a crucial intervention under severe pressure close to his own line in the later stages of the first half.

7. Jamie Ritchie – 6

Two penalties in the opening five minutes maybe summed up his afternoon. Penalties kill – and he gave away his fair share in the course of this game. One or two great steals – but he just does not look quite as effective without Hamish Watson.

8. Matt Fagerson – 6

Ireland are admittedly a difficult back-row to play against – but he was pretty anonymous as the game wore on – and he really struggled to get onto the front foot.


16. George Turner – 6

Not on long enough to make a telling contribution – but he threw okay – and put himself about enthusiastically, as always.

17. Oli Kebble – 5

Didn’t look particularly comfortable in the scrum and didn’t do much in the loose.

18. WP Nel – 5

Did what it says on the tin – kept the scrum honest – but was never going to change the game.

19. Sam Skinner – 6

Did what he could for a forlorn cause.

20. Blair Cowan – 6

Introduced too late to have any real impact – but did show a couple of flashes of welcome aggression.

21. Sam Hidalgo-Clyne – 5

Another brief, six minute, cameo appearance – during which he did nothing wrong.

22. Huw Jones – 5

Could not find a way into a game which had the momentum set against his team before his arrival on the park.

23. Sean Maitland – 5

The game was gone by the time he got on – but he did appear willing.

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  1. Hogg getting 7 despite headless chicken approach in attack, total absence of leadership, and yet another basic error in a key moment, seems pretty generous to me. Find another captain if possible and take that pressure off his shoulders. He’s being asked to do too much. Get someone leading the team from the pack.

  2. Blade Thomson – never really got into the game, surely that is copy and paste for every match he has played? Baffled as how he is ahead of Skinner and others for selection. Graham having a stormer for the Falcons playing at 8, hope Toony and co are keeping an eye on him.

  3. 0nce again you have given quite high marks for a very mediocre performance,think you should start giving the players the real message, giving them good marks makes them think they are quite good when they were all pretty average

    • Yes, because the Scotland players definitely read these ratings all the time and adjust their performances accordingly.


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