Six Nations 2013 France v Scotland: Scotland Player Ratings

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15. Stuart Hogg – 5
Missed a crucial tackle to gift Wesley Fofana an easy try under the posts but overall was steady at the back, positioning himself well for the high balls while getting amongst the attacking play. He did lack his usual energy and drive which is so important to Scotland’s defensive set-up and attacking style. Not his best game but overall has had an impressive Six Nations.

 14. Sean Maitland – 5
Hard to rate as he was replaced by Evans towards the end of the opening half. Looked promising but his evening ended too soon.

 13. Sean Lamont – 5
Strong again in defense but overall remains a shadow of the dominating player he used to be. Scotland need him to be the dynamic runner dragging defenders with him across the try line, not the slow, lumbering centre he is now. Solid defender but offered little in attack.

12. Matt Scott – 7
Broke the French lines more than most, running with determination and aggression. He set up Visser for Scotland’s try while consistently looking like an attacking threat. Looks the part at centre for Scotland and could be a surprise call-up to the Lions this summer.

11. Tim Visser – 6
Took his try well, thanks largely to the running of Scott. Showed exactly what he is capable of and looked ominous throughout the entire game. A good overall performance from a player who needed to step-up this weekend.

 10. Duncan Weir – 6
Ran the game well keeping France guessing with some smart moves and decision making. He is slowly building a good working relationship with Laidlaw which can only mean good things for Scotland’s future.

 9. Greig Laidlaw – 7
Kept Scotland on the scoreboard while yet again standing out amongst his compatriots. Attempted to kickstart a renaissance of sorts in the second-half but lacked the supporting cast to do so. Kicked faultlessly and has staked his claim for a Lions spot following some outstanding Six Nations performances.

1.Ryan Grant – 6
Consistent, strong and intimidating are what best describe the impressive Grant. He defended with power, scrummaged well and pushed France back at every turn. Another all-round impressive performance from one of Scotland’s rising stars.

 2. Ross Ford – 6
Another good performance from the hooker demonstrating his improved line-out throwing. Worked well with Grant and Murray to keep Scotland competitive in the scrums while trying his hardest to steal French ball. Following a sloppy start to this year’s Six Nations Ford has ended the championship well.

 3. Euan Murray – 6
Murray is a consistent player, although he is unfortunately sometimes found coasting through games when Scotland need him to be at his best. There are plenty of potential replacements for Murray all lining-up which could spell the end of an impressive international career for the Worcester Warrior.

 4. Grant Gilchrist – 6
Making his first Scotland start and did not look out of place. A viable option if Scotland find themselves without Gray or Hamilton for long periods. The young Edinburgh man was not intimidated by the Parisian crowd nor the intimating French team.

5. Jim Hamilton – 6
Put in a big shift picking-up the slack left by Gray. Worked tirelessly in the line-outs, causing the French pack problems throughout the game. Great tackling and positional awareness to maintain a solid defensive platform for the rest of the team to build from.

6. Alasdair Strokosch – 6
Solid game from the Perpignan man which was needed following some poor recent performances. Covered the pitch well, making a fairly titanic 18 tackles. Needs to improve if he is to lay claim to a regular starting spot but overall a good performance.

7. Kelly Brown – 7
Much like his back-row counterparts Brown defended brilliantly, making tackle after tackle to hold back the French. Ran the ball with courage, gaining hard yards to wear down the French defence. Showed his class and outstanding work ethic.

8. Johnnie Beattie – 6
Worked well to slow the superior French pack down but was unable to make any sort of mark on the contest. Defended valiantly but was overwhelmed at times with the volume and frequency of the French attack. Overall a solid game but unfortunately nothing really to write home about.

By Alexander McLeman
@TodaysPlay

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