Scotland v Russia: Scotland player ratings

Gregor Townsend's team teed up a do-or-die clash in their final World Cup pool match against Japan by despatching Russia in emphatic style

George Horne became the first Scottish scrum-half to score a hat-trick in a Test international against Russia.
George Horne became the first Scottish scrum-half to score a hat-trick in a Test international against Russia. Image: Fotosport/David Gibson

15. Blair Kinghorn – 7

Did everything asked of him in defence and threatened with ball in hand. Careless kick-off at start of second-half could have broken the game’s rhythm, but redeemed himself with brilliant chip ahead for Seymour’s try.

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14. Tommy Seymour – 7

Tidy but not prominent. A couple of good takes in the air and took his try well.

13. Duncan Taylor – 7

Missed a bad tackle early on and had some careless moments, but compensated by real flashes of class and competed ferociously over the ball in the tackle area. Thumb injury a concern but not a disaster for Scotland is he isn’t on the bench versus Japan given the other options at Gregor Townsend’s disposal.

12. Peter Horne – 7

Looked the part both in attack and defence. Great hands and perfect positioning. Exactly what Scotland needed for this game.

11. Darcy Graham – 7

The usual enthusiastic bundle of energy but seemed to have wooden fingers early on with three fumbles inside the first half hour, and a couple of uncharacteristic turnovers conceded, but showed his threat at the start of the second half with coruscating run from 22 to 22 before releasing George Horne for the bonus-point securing try.

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10. Adam Hastings –8

Came of age as an international player. Kept control when under pressure early on, kicked cleverly from hand, took his first try brilliantly, excellent game management throughout, mixed it up, found space and his goal kicking was not bad either!

9. George Horne – 8

Looked sharp throughout – at scrum-half and latterly on the wing – with the reward of becoming the first Scottish No 9 to score a hat-trick in a Test match. Quick service gave Hasting’s the time he needed. Box kicking could perhaps have been more accurate.


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1. Gordon Reid – 7

Key component in a dominant scrum and worked hard about the park.

2. George Turner – 7

No problems in the scrum, line-out was fine and took his try very well.

3. Zander Fagerson– 6

A couple of really big scrums and showed up well in the loose. Taken off at half-time with the tone of the match firmly set.

4. Scott Cummings – 8

Another up-and-comer who established his credentials as an international player. Attacked the ball and won three or four really good turn-overs.

5. Ben Toolis – 7

Put in a big shift, as you would expect – but is going to have to get used to being fourth choice lock.

6. John Barclay – 7

Grafted away selflessly under the radar, then waltzed in for a flashy try. There’s life in the old dog yet!

7. Fraser Brown – 6

Played 30 bustling minutes before being hauled off for Magnus Bradbury in a pre-planned switch.

8. Ryan Wilson – 7

Got stuck in and gave the grunt when it was needed.

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16. Stuart Mcinally – 6

Nice to get a try during his brief run-out.

17. Simon Berghan – 6

Scrummed on the loosehead after Gordon Reid’s departure just before the hour mark and it was solid enough, but Allan Dell is back in full training so shouldn’t be required there at the weekend.

18. WP Nel – 6

Showed a surprising turn of speed with his midfield break. ​

19.Grant Gilchrist – 6

Put himself about to good effect after replacing Cummings with 20 minutes to go and looked authoritative at line-out.

20. Magnus Bradbury – 8

Huge impact when he came on – with ball in hand, in defence and at the breakdown – if he wasn’t a nailed-down started for Japan before then he is now.

21. Jamie Ritchie – N/A

Not used.

22. Henry Pyrgos – 6

No problems. Looked entirely comfortable after replacing Graham on 52 minutes.

23. Chris Harris – 6

Game did not really run his way during his cameo for the final 15 minutes but was tidy in whatever he needed to do. Should be fresh for Japan.


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David Barnes
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David has worked as a freelance rugby journalist since 2004 covering every level of the game in Scotland for publications including The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, The Scotsman/Scotland on Sunday/Evening News, The Herald/Sunday Herald, The Daily Mail/Mail on Sunday and The Sun.

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