RWC Group B: Scotland Player Ratings v Romania

Simon Danielli

15. Chris Paterson 7
Missed 4 kicks of 9, but this was more down to a dodgy tee and the wind! Helped to set up all of the tries.

14. Max Evans 7
Was his usual self, speedy, looking for the gaps and attempting to create opportunities.

13. Joe Ansbro 8
This was Ansbro on top form, he played cutting edge rugby, but his team mates did not come through with the support. Scored Scotland’s second try.

12. Sean Lamont 6
Some costly handling errors are the reason for this lower score, as defensively Lamont was excellent.

11. Simon Danielli 8
Scored the last two nail biters of tries, and on form in attack and defence. Failed to make the most of an open try line with poor decision making, but still a great performance.

10. Ruaridh Jackson 6
The Romanians had measure of Jackson very quickly, and so when he had the ball in hand he found himself neutralised. His kicking game was not as good as we have seen in previous matches.

9. Mike Blair 7
Had a better first half, and scored Scotland’s first try. However second half saw him struggling to inject life into the game. He was attempting to make the best of what he was given from the pack, which was not much.

1. Allan Jacobsen 4
An uncharacteristically quiet game for Jacobsen, with no real impact either in the pack or in the loose.

2. Ross Ford 5
I feel like I am repeating myself, but problems in the scrum once again. In the line out Ford was steady and on point.

3. Geoff Cross 5
Was better in the last ten minutes. Part of a front row that struggled against a shrewd opposition.

4. Richie Gray 5
I think that nerves may have gotten to Richie Gray, as he was not his usual confident self. A solid showing punctuated by several stutters.

5. Alastair Kellock 4
Another player who was not on himself. Normally Kellock is calm and confident in his play, but he appeared far too scrappy and unsure at several points.

6. Kelly Brown 5
Was good under the ball, but did not have the opportunity to capitalise on that as was swiftly buried. Was part of a back row that had a bad day at the office.

7. John Barclay 4
Pinged several times for schoolboy errors, giving points and position to Romania, who were all too eager for this.

8. Richie Vernon 7
Had a good game and was involved in setting up two tries, including a lovely run down the wing. But still needs to improve at the breakdown, and the scrum (again!)

Replacements:
16. Scott Lawson
Came on for Ross Ford late on in the game. His only real moment was involvement in Scotland’s final try.

17. Alasdair Dickinson
Came on for Allan Jacobsen after 61mins. Contributed the marginally steadier scrum in the final stages of the game, but this also may have been more to do with the substitution of Tincu and Ion.

18. Nathan Hines
Came on for Richie Gray after 52mins. An unstarry performance from Hines, normally we see him attacking with vigour.

19. Ross Rennie
Came on for Barclay after 61mins. Played well for the 19 minutes, with good linkage, he did nearly lose his temper but kept a lid on it, just.

20. Chris Cusiter
Came on for Mike Blair after 61mins. Started well, but then he made some out of character sloppy decisions resulting in awry box kicks handing over possession.

21. Dan Parks
Came on for Ruaridh Jackson after 52mins. Changed the strategy of the game, but was not directional enough with his kicking; this could have been due to prevailing winds. Was better towards the end when reverting to a running style.

22. Rory Lamont
Not used.

By Christine Lester

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