15. Sean Maitland: 7
Better from the Kilted Kiwi. He got the ball in hand more than in previous games and he offered more in attack. Stable in defence but his kicking game can improve.
14. Tommy Seymour: 7
He looked hungry for the ball and held his own in defence. Won’t be first choice winger but this autumn has proved that he can be relied upon if needed.
13. Nick de Luca: 5.5
Made his tackles but, like previous games, showed no spark or punch in attack. Reiterated the need for a better outside centre.
12. Duncan Taylor: 6
He did nothing wrong but also did nothing spectacular, direct lines were about as good as it got. Could still make it as an international 12 but will be behind Matt Scott and Mark Bennett in the pecking order.
11. Sean Lamont: 6
Came off his wing to carry his fair share of ball but he should have taken his chance in the first half. He lacks the pace of an international winger.
10. Duncan Weir: 6.5
He showed more attacking intent than Ruaridh Jackson but his handling was extremely poor. Kept Scotland going forward with his ability to squeeze through gaps and his kicking for the corners.
9. Greig Laidlaw: 8
His best game in the Autumn Internationals. The Little General’s distribution was good and he annoyed Will Genia all game. Was successful with all his kicks bar one.
1. Ryan Grant: 5.5
He was steady in the scrum but wasn’t as prominent in the loose as we are used to seeing. Wasn’t overly at fault for the Izzy Folau try but he should have done better.
2. Ross Ford: 6
Left the field early due to a calf injury but he looked ok when he was on. Hit his line-out targets which sadly cannot be said for replacement Pat MacArthur.
3. Moray Low: 6
There weren’t a lot of scrums and he did nothing in the loose to make up for it, but then again, he didn’t do anything wrong.
4. Grant Gilchrist: 5
Fairly anonymous throughout the game and made no impact in either the set pieces or the loose. Not an international standard lock yet, but the 23-year old still has plenty of time.
5. Jim Hamilton: 6.5
Big Jim made a big start for his 50th cap, making big carries and big offloads, but he soon went off the boil and his discipline, like always, was an issue.
6. Johnnie Beattie: 7.5
He made a number of important carries and line breaks and was one of few players who troubled the Australian defence. Should be starting number eight.
7. Kelly Brown: 7
He did extremely well to keep Michael Hooper quiet all game, slowed the ball down and made all of his tackles. He still isn’t an openside flanker though.
8. Dave Denton: 6.5
As per usual, he carried more than his fair share and punctured a few tackles but he doesn’t provide the physical impact that an eight should.
Chris Cusiter and Max Evans looked slippery when they came on, and Alasdair Dickinson and Euan Murray were solid in the scrum but that was about as good as is got for the props. Jonny Gray did no wrong and Kieran Low made an impact by getting smashed.
By Calum Gillon (@C_Gillon)
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