15. Stuart Hogg – 7
A disappointing afternoon for the Scotland skipper. Committed and diligent, solid and brave, but he struggled to get himself into the game. Lucky to escape being penalised for a deliberate knock-on in the first play of the match. A couple of wayward kicks. Second best to Liam Williams.
14. Darcy Graham – 9
A little man with a giant heart. Too strong for Louis Rees-Zammit when he caught him one-on-one five meters out. Into everything, with some huge hits. What was there not to like, apart from one poor turnover conceded to Liam Williams?
13. Chris Harris – 7
Tidy, effective, resolute – exactly what it says on the tin – a bulwark in defence.
12. Sione Tuipulotu – 7
Probably showed enough both sides of the ball to justify Gregor Townsend’s apparently harsh treatment of Sam Johnson.
11. Duhan van der Merwe – 6
A poor game. Play perhaps did not go his way – but he seemed unusually reluctant to chase the action. Two potentially important carries when the chips were down in the last five minutes – and he was stripped of the ball both times
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10. Finn Russell – 7
A yellow card, a restart going out on the full, a missed touch from a penalty – hardly a vintage afternoon. But, as always, he was Scotland’s best chance of getting a result. Unfortunately, on the day, Dan Biggar was better.
9. Ali Price – 7
Slick – tidy – busy around the edges – though maybe not as accurate with his box as usual. Picked a couple of sublime passes to Duhan van der Merwe.
1. Pierre Schoeman – 8
Kept his end up in the scrum and made a huge contribution around the field. Carried strongly, ‘jackaled’ effectively, and three or four critical covering tackles. First-class all round performance.
2. Stuart McInally – 7
Scrummaged strongly. Darts not entirely convincing, but tended to get lucky. Busy around the edges. Very much a focal point.
3. WP Nel – 7
Fell foul of the referee at first scrum, but fairly comfortable thereafter. Regularly caught the eye in the defensive wall.
4. Jonny Gray – 6
Worked hard but struggled to impose himself again.
5. Grant Gilchrist – 6
Quiet afternoon and a couple of handling errors.
6. Sam Skinner – 6
Replacing Jamie Ritchie was always going to be a thankless task, but gave it his best shot, and kept fighting to the very last play.
7. Hamish Watson – 6
Forced to plough a lonely furrow, and struggled to establish any sort of bulkhead at the breakdown against the aggressive Welsh back row.
8. Matt Fagerson – 7
A tremendous declaration of intent on his first carry, and he kept hard at it, until he had to leave the field injured in the 30th minute.
16. George Turner – 5
Threw poorly and gave away two costly penalties at the end.
17. Rory Sutherland – 5
Only survived 15 minutes before suffering a shoulder injury.
18. Zander Fagerson – 5
Daft penalty when Scotland were chasing the game. All told, the bomb squad did not have the desired impact.
19. Magnus Bradbury – 6
Paddled manfully against the tide, but could not get onto the front foot.
20. Rory Darge – 6
Covid, injury, and loads more frustration today – but at least his name is now in the book.
21. Ben White – 6
Looked the part – again.
22. Blair Kinghorn – 6
Stepped in when Russell was sent to the bin and handled it well.
23. Cam Redpath – 6
A cameo appearance.