Scotland v South Africa: Scotland player ratings

15. Sean Maitland: 6
Very rarely got the ball in hand and when he did, he would either needlessly kick it away or he would ship it on. Compared to last week he did not look comfortable at the back, and although he did well under the high ball, he has to be put back on the wing for the next game.

14. Tommy Seymour: 6
In a game where the ball was never going to make it as far as the wing, Seymour still neglected to come infield and offer an attacking option. Made a couple of half breaks but that was about as good as it got.

13. Nick de Luca: 5.5
Received the ball only a handful of times all game. His handling was poor and he never once got passed the gainline. A change definitely needs to be made at outside centre.

12. Duncan Taylor: 6.5
Better than his centre partner, Taylor seemed solid enough in defence and made a few yards with a number of carries. No attacking spark though.

11. Sean Lamont: 6.5
One of Scotland’s better players in the first half but fell away in the second. His tackling and defensive work was impressive and he made hard yards with the ball in hand.

10. Ruaridh Jackson: 6
The fly-half was far too deep in attack and many of his passes didn’t reach their intended recipients. His chips in open play might have looked good, but they gained little or no yards and often just ended back in the Boks’ possession.

9. Greig Laidlaw: 5.5
One of Laidlaw’s worst games for a long time. His distribution to Jackson was often too high or behind him and his organisation of a forward pack under so much pressure was poor.

1. Alasdair Dickinson: 7
Considered one of Scotland’s lesser able props, Dickinson held his own in the scrum and made a number of tackles and carries in open play. Improving from game to game.

2. Ross Ford: 5.5
Just like last week, Ford’s hooking was non-existent and his lineouts extremely poor. His rating is only so high due to the number of tackles he made. Pat MacArthur has to be given a shot against Australia.

3. Moray Low: 6.5
Just like Dickinson, Low held his own against a far superior opposition pack when he was expected not to. One of the few players to finish the game with his reputation intact.

4. Richie Gray: 6
A very quiet game from someone who should have been leading from the front, his lineout jumping was poor and although he did nothing wrong, he also did nothing to catch the eye.

5. Jim Hamilton: 7
Big Jim was placed in the squad for a reason and he did exactly what he was supposed to do; disrupt the Bok attack and put them on the back foot when tackling. Also made a few vital turnovers.

6. Alasdair Strokosch: 7.5
Not the best in attack, but he was willing to take the ball in hand and run at South Africa, which is more than can be said for many of his teammates. Slowed down ball at the breakdown and he was Scotland’s most prolific tackler with 18.

7. John Barclay: 7
Hopefully Scott Johnson may have learnt something with playing a proper seven in this game. Again, he did well at the breakdown and made a number of tackles.

8. Dave Denton: 7
Like last week, there is no faulting Denton’s efforts. Carried the ball on a number of occasions and, like his back-row colleagues, he tackled well.

Replacements: 7
Chris Cusiter played well when he came on and Duncan Weir showed more attacking intent than Jackson. Jonny Gray and the other replacement forwards got stuck in to the South African pack when they started to tire.

By Calum Gillon (@C_Gillon)

Photo by: Patrick Khachfe / Onside Images

12 thoughts on “Scotland v South Africa: Scotland player ratings

  1. Some of these scores look ridiculous when compared against the England player ratings. Where/what is the benchmark? Are you really saying that some players in the Scottish pack were as good as their English counterparts in the game against New Zealand?

    1. No-one is saying that – two different people did the different sets of ratings, which are highly subjective at the best of times anyway. It’s all opinion based. I (as the author of the England ratings) don’t personally agree with these ratings either, but I’m sure the author will respond with an explanation in due course!

    2. I know…these guys are pathetic!!! these ratings are only relevant in Scotland hence thiere rugby is soooooo far behind

    3. I think he’s trying to reflect the limitations of the Scottish team – that they played to that level according to their standard..

  2. I must admit I had a rethink about these ratings but it was too late to change them at the end of the day. The ratings were made during the course of the game and I stupidly didn’t give myself time to reflect on them after. I think -2 is a bit harsh but definitely -0.5 to -1 for each player

  3. I can’t believe you actually rated one of your players a 7!!!! Scotland was absolutely outclassed in all areas of the game. If the players read this, they would think they did well…far from it!!!
    THEY LOST 28-0!!!! that is 3 tries to zip!!!!! Scottish rugby will never improve if you give yourself a pat on the back for losing…..

  4. Shocking analysis of the team. When commmenting on handling errors, surely you need to know which player you are watching as NDL didnt make any whereas Taylor made plenty. I know the 12/13 are hard to read sometimes?!? Hamilton did not do what he was there for either so 7 is generous there too. Funny view of the game.

  5. I always like that picture of Richie Gray its like he cannot stand the smell of all the $h!t Scottish players just below his nose!

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