15. Stuart Hogg – 7
Solid rather than spectacular, but that booming boot is still a big asset and his threat with ball in hand keeps opponents guessing. Picked up a cumulative yellow-card straight after Botia’s try, when referee Nic Berry lost patience with Scotland’s continual offsides. It was a shame the referee had such a significant role in this game being a non-spectacle.
14. Darcy Graham – 7
Official man-of-the-match. The stats tell us that his 90 metres made (including five tackle-breaks) off 11 carries eclipses everyone apart from his club-mate and Fijian No 8 Viliame Mata, who contributed 102 metres off 14 carries. Brave as ever under the high ball and in the tackle. Was clobbered on a number of occasions by Fijians but wouldn’t stay down. Late sin-binning was incidental.
13. Chris Harris – 6
The game didn’t really flow his way and gave away a penalty for a reckless clear-out in first half, but as solid as ever without the ball and kept the dangerous Waisea Nayacalevu in check with one particularly praise-worthy defensive read and thumping tackle, plus threw a lovely long miss-pass which set up van der Merwe’s try.
12. Cam Redpath – 6
Worked hard to make things happen on the occasion of his first cap at Murrayfield but wasn’t his day. One moment in the second half when he jinked away from four Fijian tacklers but made zero yards seemed to sum up Scotland’s collective failings. Had a late try chalked off due to a knock-on by Jack Dempsey at the start of the move.
11. Duhan van der Merwe – 7
Big, strong, runs hard, often with tunnel vision. Performed almost exactly as expected. Took his try well and claimed a couple of high balls with encouraging assurance.
10. Adam Hastings – 6
Slipped out of Kalaveti Ravouvou’s uncharacteristically weak tackle to score important try on the stroke of half-time but a generally unconvincing display before going off with whiplash and knee injury following a monster hit from Leone Rotuisolia on 42 minutes. Some aimless kicks and Scotland played an awful lot of rugby as sitting ducks in front of Fiji’s aggressive tacklers. Looks like a major doubt for next week’s All Blacks game.
9. Ali Price – 5
There was a blast from the past in the second minute when he earned his team a penalty plus a chance to play for 10 minutes against 14 men when his quick tap penalty prompted an early tackle from Leone Rotuisolia, but there was little spark from the scrum-half thereafter, until he was replaced by Ben White on 51 metres, who was far more lively.
1. Pierre Schoeman – 6
Four carries and 13 yards made are disappointing stats by this guy’s high standards, while nine tackles in the first half gives an indication of the general pattern of play during that period. Was replaced by Rory Sutherland with just under half an hour to play.
2. George Turner – 5
Muscled over for an early try and his usual combative self for 31 minutes before suffering a shoulder injury.
3. Zander Fagerson – 6
Scrum was a mixed bag. Was penalised for boring in when Scotland were under serious pressure midway through the first half, but got a big nudge on just before the break which helped create the space for Adam Hastings’ try.
4. Richie Gray – 7
A fine return to the international scene as a totemic figure in a dominant home line-out performance, as well as 15 tackles with no misses and a couple of telling runs which made good ground, including a rare gallop in open prairie during the lead-up to Ewan Ashman getting over the line in the second-half (although the replacement hooker couldn’t get the ball grounded).
5. Grant Gilchrist – 6
Some good tidying up work which was helpful in a scrappy match. Made 12 tackles and worked well with Gray in Scotland’s improved line-out performance, but not quite as imposing as we know he can be. Replaced by Jonny Gray on the hour mark.
6. Jamie Ritchie – 6
Kept plugging away on a frustrating day for the home back-row with the match rarely developing the sort of flow which would allow this hard-working triumvirate to impose themselves.
7. Hamish Watson – 6
A quiet match by his own high standards and the need for more of a carrying threat in the back-row was perhaps the reason behind his unusually early departure, replaced by Jack Dempsey on 51 metres.
8. Matt Fagerson – 7
Awesome work-rate on both sides of the ball. Made an immense 23 tackles. Stood his ground in a hard-hitting battle against Viliame Mata, his powerful opposite number.
16. Ewan Ashman – 6
Early replacement for George Turner and made his case to start next weekend against the All Blacks. Carried hard and his set-piece stacked up. Got over the line just before the hour mark but couldn’t get the ball down.
17. Rory Sutherland – 6
Recovered from a high hit to play a leading role as Scotland’s scrum squeezed Fiji out of the game during the final quarter.
18. Murphy Walker – 6
The 23-year-old can be fairly satisfied with how his debut went, linking up with his old Scotland under-20s team-mate Ashman as well as Sutherland in a dominant front-row.
19. Jonny Gray – 5
Replaced Gilchrist for the final quarter. Won’t enjoy rewatching his loose pass to Kinghorn at the end in the team de-brief.
20. Jack Dempsey – 6
Added energy off the bench for last half hour, won a jackal penalty and carried well.
21. Ben White – 6
Brought some buzz, scored the last try, and must be in the frame to start next week.
22. Blair Kinghorn – 6
Arrived on the scene early in the second half and looked to get things moving with limited success. Nailed a touchline conversion of van der Merwe’s try.
23. Sione Tuipulotu – 5
Got 11 minutes in place of Harris at the end without much more joy than the man he replaced. Brought the curtain down on the match with a thumping tackle on Waisea Nayacalevu.