15. Rory Lamont – 5
Moved to the wing when Stuart Hogg came on. Made some excellent tackles and did break through the Welsh line once or twice, but lacked the support to keep the ball moving. Lamont was sin-binned 53mins in for coming in from an offside position, taking Scotland down to 13men.
14. Lee Jones – 6
Still rather quiet from Jones in the first half, however we did see flashes of his pace, and ability to dart through the tacklers. Better in the second half though, giving good chase, getting in some well-timed and big hits.
13. Nick de Luca – 5
More visible this week, has been good defensively, but has also thrown some loose passes. Bad decision-making and timing on his part led to him seeing a yellow card 4minutes into the second half. Wales went 10 points clear within 3minutes of this.
12. Sean Lamont – 6
A little better at ball passing this week, but there were still several occasions where he slowed the ball down to Scotland’s detriment by not passing. Lamont was also good defensively and worked very hard when Scotland’s numbers were depleted.
11. Max Evans —
Ankle ligament injury meant that Evans was taken off after only 15minutes of play. Up until this point he was applying some good pressure on his opponents.
10. Greig Laidlaw – 7
Successfully kicked 2 penalties and converted his own try. This was good from a man who is not naturally a stand off. Took the opportunity and put an end to Scotland’s try-scoring drought 63minutes in. Did miss a crucial tackle on Alex Cuthbert just before he dove over the line for Wales.
9. Chris Cusiter – 6
Could have found touch a bit more with his box kicks. Working well with Laidlaw, to ensure that quick clean ball is played. Fumbled the catch from the second half restart kick, giving Wales a valuable territory advantage in the lead up to their first try.
1. Allan Jacobsen – 6
Now has the honour of being Scotland’s most capped prop. Fumbled a brilliant forwards try scoring opportunity right at the stroke of half time, with a knock on. A determined performance again though, Jacobsen was really putting in the work in the set pieces and in the loose, moving with remarkable speed for someone of his bulk.
2. Ross Ford – 6
More composed this week, Ford was carrying the ball well and was standing up to the Welsh scrum with strength. Solid in the lineout too, where Scotland dominated.
3. Geoff Cross – 6
Perhaps not as strong as Euan Murray, Cross came under scrutiny at the scrum. In the loose however he was carrying well, and supportive in his play.
4. Richie Gray – 7
Full of athleticism this week, Gray got in some bit hits on the Welsh attackers, and was a force breaking through the Welsh defence.
5. Jim Hamilton – 7
The other half of a strong second row Hamilton, like Gray, did not pull his punches when it came to tackling, and will no doubt be nursing a few new bruises.
6. Alasdair Strokosch – 6
Played with good intentions, but got caught isolated a couple of times that did little to advance Scotland. Another player really putting in the work, but picked up a hand injury midway through the match.
7. Ross Rennie – 7
One of the standout performances of the match for me, Rennie was strong in the lineout, strong in defence, and had a great early try scoring chance in the first quarter. Involved with every aspect of the play Rennie is certainly working to make this jersey his own.
8. David Denton – 7
The second stand out performance of the Scottish side. Denton was dominant from the off. Always on the lookout and reading the game well, he played with the flair and experience of a player of many more caps than his 2.
16. Scott Lawson (Ford, 71mins)
Good work in securing the loose ball for Scotland, and added to the strong defensive line.
17. Ed Kalman (Cross, 58mins)
A remarkably composed twenty minutes for the uncapped player. Showed his physicality with some brilliant tackles and supportive play, he was acting as scrum half at one point!
18. Alastair Kellock (Hamilton, 58mins)
Threw a few loose passes during his time on the pitch, but also contributed to the dominant forwards showing with good work in the set piece, maul and in the loose.
19. John Barclay (Strokosch, 43mins)
The tackle he missed on Leigh Halfpenny led to Halfpenny scoring his second try. Barclay really doubled his efforts following this to continue the high standard of the forwards’ performance.
20. Mike Blair (Cusiter, 48mins)
Forming up the Edinburgh partnership with Greig Laidlaw, Mike Blair continued in the same vein as Cusiter, just with a bit more pace and ball in hand play.
21. Duncan Weir not used.
22. Stuart Hogg (Evans, 15mins) 7
In a game where the forwards really shone, Stuart Hogg gave a glimpse of the future of Scottish rugby. You would not have guessed that he was the youngest player on the pitch. Denied what appeared to be a definite try 60minutes in, he kept on working and with Lee Jones tried to inject some fire into the backs.