Scotland Player Ratings v Australia

15. Stuart Hogg – 6

In a game dominated by forward action, Stuart Hogg saw little of the ball. When he did there was danger, however with the conditions really dictating the game, he was gritty rather than electric.

14. Joe Ansbro – 6

Received stitches as a result of the Glasgow Kiss with Alasdair Strokosch. Worked well with Hogg at the back, and was on the ball constantly throughout the game.

13. Nick De Luca – ?5

Another quiet performance from De Luca, only really coming to attention for infringing. De Luca is a great player at his club, but this does not seem to be translating on the international level.

12. Matt Scott – ?6

Like Hogg, Scott can be fantastic when in open play, however was unable to demonstrate this on his second cap. That said he did work solidly and hard throughout the game.

11. Sean Lamont – 6

Came off seconds before half time with a rib injury. Up until this point Lamont had been hard working as Scotland encamped themselves in the Australian 22.

10. Greig Laidlaw? – 8

Would appear to have nerves of steel kicking into the wind to win the game for Scotland, having failed with earlier attempts. Laidlaw marshaled the Scottish attack well and was a key part of the defensive effort.

9. Mike Blair – ?7

Another who was key in keeping the first half Scottish attack ticking over and building through the phases. Demonstrated the slippery nature of the ball a few times himself with fumbled passes or spills.

1. Ryan Grant – ?7

Demonstrated to all why he has been a big part of the Glasgow Warriors set up this season. Grant was hungry and forceful, and came close to the line on occasion. An auspicious start to his international career.

2. Ross Ford – ?6

A few squint lineout throws from Ford, although perhaps this was due to the wind. A strong scrummaging performance from the hooker. Still does not appear to be very vocal as captain though.

3. Euan Murray – ?8

One of the heroes of the Scottish team, forcing the penalty from the Wallabies that won the game, Murray put in a workhorse effort throughout this game.

4. Alastair Kellock – 7
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Kellock always seems to play better in the rain, in my opinion. It suits him. Vocal and gutsy, he tried to start handbags at one point during the second half. Got in some great tackles and was dominant in defence.

5. Richie Gray – ?7

On this performance, Sale Sharks will no doubt be salivating at the thought of him joining their squad in a couple of weeks, and Glasgow fans will be lamenting the loss. Gray was as determined in attacking as he was in defending.

6. Alasdair Strokosch – ?8

On the other end of the celebratory head clash with Ansbro, and also received stitches for his efforts. Another big part of the Scottish defensive effort and was a constant force through the second half.

7. Ross Rennie – ?8

A stand out performance from Rennie. He threw himself wholeheartedly into the match, making 24 tackles and missing none of them. Will no doubt find himself a permanent fixture in this set up.

8. John Barclay – 7

An interesting positional switch for Barclay, who played like a 7 throughout the match. It seems to have worked well though in the absence of Kelly Brown.

Replacements:

Chris Cusiter came on and immediately made an impact on the game, whilst Tom Brown made his international debut minutes before half time. We saw little of Brown in the second half, but there is promise from the Edinburgh full back.

by Christine Lester