15. Ollie Smith – 7
A cool customer at the back who is solid in defence, although he perhaps could have taken more of a lead in dealing with Georgia’s first half aerial bombardment. Increasingly prominent in attack during the second half but Blair Kinghorn looks the more incisive at this stage.
14. Kyle Steyn – 7
A more than competent replacement for Darcy Graham, who took his try tally to nine in 14 matches. 83 metres made is not to be sniffed at, but will perhaps feel that he could have finished off that first half effort in the corner. A tidier all-round player than van der Merwe but lacks his fellow South African’s raw tackle-busting power, and doesn’t have Darcy Graham’s explosive pace and dancing feet, so seems destined to carry on as the Cinderella winger.
13. Huw Jones – 7
Was dangerous when he got a chance to run his great lines off Tuipulotu but Scotland’s desire to sit deep and go wide to wide in the first half meant his impact was limited. Got caught upright when Scotland tried to attack off a quick line-out midway through the first half.
12. Sione Tuipulotu – 6
Tidy enough but not the imposing figure we have become used to seeing in the dark blue No 12 jersey during the last two years.
11. Duhan van der Merwe – 8
Two tries and the game’s top carrier with 112 metres made, with five clean breaks and 10 defenders beaten.
10. Finn Russell – 7
One hospital pass to WP Nel summed up his harum-scarum first half, when his desire to stretch Georgia from touchline to touchline without earning the right to go wide played into their hands, but pin-point accurate outside-of-the-boot cross-kick created van der Merwe’s first try after the break, and started looking more like his imperious best when attacking the line during the next 10 minutes before being replaced by Ben Healy on 52 minutes.
9. Ben White – 6
Good to see him back after that ankle injury three weeks ago and there wasn’t much wrong with his fitness, although he perhaps looked lightly undercooked when it came to game-management during that rudderless first half.
1. Jamie Bhatti – 7
A solid shift at the scrum and came out on top against highly-rated Beka Gigashvili, and a couple of great carries, including a crucial one in the lead-up to Darge’s try, which was his final act of the day before being replaced by Rory Sutherland.
2. Dave Cherry – 6
Solid at set-piece, robust around the park. Didn’t do his chances of making the team for the big Tests any harm, but neither will he feel he significantly boosted his prospects. Its going to be a tight call between three strong contenders for the No 2 jersey.
3. WP Nel – 7
The old warhorse weighed in with eight tackles – only Gilchrist and Dempsey in the Scotland team managed more. The scrum was on top too.
4. Sam Skinner – 6
Threw himself at everything for 59 minites before being replaced by the equally committed Scott Cummings for the final quarter
5. Grant Gilchrist – 7
Gave away 10th minute penalty which Georgia turned into the first points of the match for not rolling away. A brilliant grafters and the heartbeat of the pack, who struggled to make an impact with ball in hand but weighed in with 11 tackles was more effective in defence than as a carrier in this match,
6. Jamie Ritchie – 7
Was in danger of letting the red mist descend when he was illegally pulled down by Aka Tabutsadze whilst at the height of his jump, which was madness at this stage in Scotland’s World Cup preparation.
7. Rory Darge – 7
Will be annoyed at himself for being brushed off a tackle on Georgia’s No 10 straight from the kick-off after Georgia’s early penalty, which aided the visitors in getting straight back on the front foot, and struggled to get into the game initially, but kept plugging away and eventually things turned his way. Final flourish was Scotland’s crucial second try, before being replaced by Fagsrerson.
8. Jack Dempsey – 8
Carried on from where he left off in Saint-Etienne with another energetic performance. Penalised for not releasing on the deck during a scrappy first 10 minutes but thereafter carried for 63 metres, beating five defenders, which was more than any other forward on the park. Was asp his team’s top tackler with 13. His quick feet and ability to wriggle an extra few yards in contact is a real asset.
16. Ewan Ashman – 7
Rampaging run off the tail of a line-out on 65 minutes highlighted what he can add to this team. The line-out darts were on point and a bundle of energy and physicality around the park.
17. Rory Sutherland – 6
It says something about Jamie Bhatti – surplus to requirements at both Glasgow and Edinburgh in the not so distant past– that he is managing to keep a 2021 Lions Test player, who isn’t exactly playing badly, as third choice loose-head.
18. Javan Sebastian – 7
Great choke tackle earned a scrum for his team, from which he earned his team a penalty, which was the sort of impact he would have been looking for as he pushes for a place in the match0day 23 to face South Africa.
19. Scott Cummings – 6
Took the game to Georgia but remains behind Gilchrist and Richie Gray in the pecking order.
20. Matt Fagerson – 7
Gave notice that he will not give up on a starting spot without a fight by producing an energetic and abrasive 28 minutes of the bench.
21. George Horne – 6
Brought energy during the final quarter although not quite as prominent as some of his fellow replacements.
22, Ben Healy – 7
Brave take in the air under pressure at the start of 28 valuable minutes showed the fortitude of a player who is desperately short of time in the saddle at this level given the high pressure position he plays. Fired out a Finn-esque miss-pass to set up van der Merwe’s second try (having failed to land a similar one a few minutes earler).
23. Chris Harris – 7
Another player who made a strong case to be involved in at least the match-day 23 for the big games in France, but ould he have found George Horne on his left when he found himself behind the Georgian defence on 63 minutes?