Wales v Scotland: Scotland player ratings

Jamie Ritchie, Hamish Watson, Scott Cummings, Rory Sutherland and skipper Stuart Hogg stand-out on a special day in Llanelli for the boys in blue

Stuart McInally celebrates the awarding of a penalty in final minute of Scotland's win over Wales. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Stuart McInally celebrates the awarding of a penalty in final minute of Scotland's win over Wales. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

15. Stuart Hogg – 8

Led by example. Treacherous conditions for a full back, but solid under the high ball, and kicked powerfully and cleverly in a swirling wind. Worked hard off the ball and was always a threat. Stepped into stand-off berth when Adam Hastings went off injured and kept control during the crucial last ten minutes.

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14. Darcy Graham – 7

The game did not run his way but was the usual box of tricks whenever he got on the ball – and belied his size with a couple of audacious aerial takes. Always punches well above his weight in contact situations.

13. Chris Harris – 7

Tidy and willing – if unspectacular. Carried forcefully and rock solid in defence. Despatched a neat pass inside and ran a great line to manufacture a half chance for himself after 20 minutes – but return pass from Stuart Hogg did not stick.

12. James Lang – 6

Workmanlike and tackled well – but appeared to struggle with the Welsh defensive line speed – which limited Finn Russel’s attacking options.

11. Blair Kinghorn – 7

Composed and tidy in defence. Good in the air. Always looking for work – and always threatening – but took a wrong option when a half chance came his way just before half time.


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10. Finn Russell – 6

Left the field with a groin injury after 32 minutes. Unusually subdued in difficult conditions, but still looked a class act.

9. Ali Price – 8

Combative as usual – fast hands – mixed it up well in the second half with some telling kicks. Took control in that vital final 10 minutes when Scotland were on to their third stand-off, and made sure the game was played in the right quarter of the field.

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1. Rory Sutherland – 8

Dominant in the scrum – strong –  technically supreme – and no slouch in the loose. The Lions call.

2. Fraser Brown – 6

Line-out wise, he struggled with the wind – but was not helped by some over ambitious calls – particularly in the lead-up to the Welsh try when he went for the tail, 10 metres from his own line. Also conceded a couple of needless penalties.

3. Zander Fagerson – 7

Another big game. Strong aggressive scrummaging, and a major contribution about the park.

4. Scott Cummings – 8

Improves with every game. Moves well at the line-out as the ‘go-to’ ball winner. Mobile  carries well – tackles hard – always looking for work.

5. Jonny Gray – 7

Needed a big game to justify his selection ahead of Ben Toolis – and he did not disappoint. With 149 caps, Alun Wyn Jones can be a handful – but the Exeter Chiefs man gave as good as he got – consolidating his senior pro status.

6. Jamie Ritchie – 8

Man of the match. Unbelievable work rate – stupendous technique – utterly fearless — it was his heroics at the break-down that swung the game Scotland’ s way – and fittingly he won the penalty in injury time that finally closed the game out.

7. Hamish Watson – 8

The perfect foil for Jamie Ritchie – and a mirror image in terms of attitude and expertise. Totally selfless in putting in the hard yards.

8. Blade Thomson – 6

Struggled to impose himself on the game – not used at the line-out – and at times looked to be waiting for the game to come to him, before being replaced by Cornell du Preez with just under half an hour to go.

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16. Stuart Mcinally – 7

Threw well. Busy about the park. Scored that all-important try.

17. Oli Kebble – 6

Looked the part. Couple of big carries as Scotland imposed themselves on Wall during the final 10 minutes.

18 Simon Berghan – 6

Scrummaged strongly in the crucial last 15 minutes.

19. Ben Toolis – n/a

Didn’t get on.

20. Cornell du Preez – 7

Repaid Gregor Townsend’s faith by demonstrating that he is the sort of man you want coming off the bench when the game needs closing down.

21. Scott Steele – 6

Camee on for his first cap playing out of position on the wing marking Josh Adams – and got away with it.

22. Adam Hastings – 7

Confident and comfortable. Slotted smoothly back into the side when Finn Russell got injured – and at times looked very threatening despite having popped his shoulder 20 minutes before he eventually came off.

23. Duhan van der Merwe – 6

A late arrival –  but did have time for one rumbustious run which put his team back on the front-foot off scrappy line-out ball.


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2 Comments

  1. Lang 6… Harris 7….Price 8….and Ritchie 8….wait what ??!!! Ritchie almost single handed won that much with the turnovers n pens he created. Price killed anything Finn might have created when he wasn’t letting Welsh hands get on ball at maul n ruck with service slower than a week in jail. Centres struggling to catch pass and tackle. Please don’t tell me Scott Bennett n Hutchinson aren’t ,’in form’ when the incumbents are so poor. As for the ‘grit and defence’ it’s astonishing how many tackles they slip off and how easily mediocre players get outside them. If that Ritchie performance isn’t a ten I can only imagine he was marked down for not trying a couple of drop goals cos I’ve no idea what else he would have to have done there. Not many Scottish (or other national) back row players out play Watson or outwork him n Ritchie did. It was a shift that likes of Calder Leslie n Jeffrey would be proud of on their showreel.

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  2. What about rating the referee?
    About 80% of the time he was consistently fair. But his refereeing of the line out was inconsistent & on one occasion almost inept.
    Watch again the line out leading to the Welsh try. Welsh number 8(?) patrolling the DMZ between the respective forwards.
    Did he interfere? Does it matter? How could a ref who was so inconsistent in his assessment of straight line out ball (even the assistant referee had to pull him up) miss a guy in a red shirt wandering about the middle of a line out.

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