Six Nations 2013 Scotland vs Ireland: Scotland Player Ratings


15. Stuart Hogg – 7
An excellent defensive display from a player who is increasingly looking like an elite full-back. Stopped anything that came near him with strong tackling while also trying his hardest to get Scotland counter attacking.

14. Sean Maitland – 7
Not able to show much of his attacking threat over the course of the match but did well to stop Ireland from making any major gains. Did excellently to to prevent O’Driscoll cutting through Scotland’s defense.

13. Sean Lamont – 6
Another player who poses a real threat going forward but was mainly used as a defensive blocker, stopping O’Driscoll et al before they could get motoring. Scotland need him to find more gaps and utilise his size and power.

12. Matt Scott – 7
Defended brilliantly, slowing Ireland down and preventing any sort of Irish momentum to gain any speed. Withstood early pressure to hold firm and stop any Irish threats. Scott looked poised, assured and well beyond his 22 years at the centre of Scotland’s resistance.

11. Tim Visser – 6
One of Scotland’s main attacking weapons but another who barely found himself with the ball or the space to run in. Visser had to settle for defensive work and proved that he can get his hands dirty in withstanding wave after wave of attacks.

10. Ruaridh Jackson – 7
It wasn’t the most composed performance we have seen but Jackson still managed to keep Ireland at arm’s length. He again worked well with Laidlaw, which is an encouragement. The jury is still out on Jackson as a long-term ten but based on his last two performances there is no doubting he should be given the chance to take Scotland further.

9. Greig Laidlaw – 8
Laidlaw slotted four penalties to help secure Scotland’s first back-to-back Six Nations win in a decade. He kept Scotland within touching distance of Ireland despite the visitors having over 70% possession and playing about 75% of the match in Scotland’s own half.

1. Ryan Grant – 7
Sent to the sin-bin early for a silly mistake but brought power and strength to the Scottish scrum. He fronted-up well in the face of a strong Irish front three. Also made 12 tackles, an impressive number for a front row forward.

2. Ross Ford – 6
Ford scrummaged well to help lay on a platform for Laidlaw and Jackson to build from. Overall was consistent in defense and offered himself as a viable attacking option whenever he could.

3. Geoff Cross – 7
Overall performed well to keep Ireland’s big forward pack at bay. Brought in as Murray’s replacement and didn’t put a foot wrong in an impressive front-row performance.

4. Richie Gray – 7
He and Hamilton did the dirty work, soaking up the Irish power runners with ease. Impressed with his tireless work ethic, never relenting to allow Ireland an opportunity to break free.

5. Jim Hamilton – 8
Like Gray, Hamilton defended without error putting in a hard shift which earned him a well deserved man of the match award. Set-pieces were good, pilfering several Irish line-outs.

6. Rob Harley – 7
Went off early to get treated for a cut but came back and demonstrated why he is one of Scotland’s most impressive back-row players. Ran hard, worked the channels well and defended like his life depended on it.

7. Kelly Brown – 8
Lead by example, tackling anything and everything that came his way and making 15 in total. He personified Scotland’s resilient defense. An excellent captain’s performance which won’t have escaped the eye of Gatland and the rest of the Lions selectors.

8. Johnnie Beattie – 7
Wasn’t his usual busy self but still offered a powerful running option while disrupting Ireland’s play as often as he could. Another consistent game from a markedly improved player.

Duncan Weir showed glimpses of his potential with a couple of half-breaks and intelligent kicks, and also managed to make more metres in 20 minutes than anyone did in 80. Other than that, no-one really made a difference but instead just added themselves to the heroic defensive effort.

By Alexander McLeman

8 thoughts on “Six Nations 2013 Scotland vs Ireland: Scotland Player Ratings

  1. Geoff Cross was immense. Earned a crucial penalty at scrum time for 3 of Scotland’s points.

    He’ll be unfortunate to lose his place to Murray when they’re back playing on Sat.

  2. Considering Scotland were second best for most of the game, and well second, I can’t quite see why these scores are so high. Yes, they defended very well but offered virtually nothing in attack, and couldn’t get hold of or keep hold of the ball. Who is to blame for that? The half backs should have made better use of the ball and the pack should have secured more – they were second best at breakdown. I can’t see these scores being given if Ireland had scored a try in the last seconds to win it, which surely has to be the acid test when you come to awarding marks.

    1. I think Harley and Brown were very lucky not to get carded in the game. As an Irish fan, I realise that Ireland have been guilty of professionally slowing play in matches but I do feel, Harley was guilty of lying on the ball as was Brown, especially in the Scottish 22, the “red zone”. Both were talked to by the referee and feel that the referee maybe felt he couldn’t send them off after Grants unfair dismissal early on.

      Harleys tackle in the air was so obvious, I haven’t mentioned it, as it was a textbook straight yellow.

      But well done Scotland, stuck in there and got the win.

    2. Agree on the half babcks comment, they kicked too much ball away. Teams are becoming obssessed with field position, which is not a bad thing but when you have so little ball it is sometimes nice to go through 3-4 phases to give your defenders a break, as scotlands backline was in disorder everytime jackson go the ball then he had little choice but to ount, but Laidlaw could have gone for a couple of shirt pops around the fringes to allow some organsiation in the backs, there seems to be a defintire lack of belief in their ability to retain the ball in contact, which is strnage as that is all they did under Robinson.

      Brown looks the part for the lions, he oozes class, the lions backrow is looking interesting.

      Impressed with Hoggs defense, to add to his obvious attacking skills. Interesting to see the head to head with Halfpenny next time around. So far I would say Hp offers an excellent kicking game, better under the high ball, whole SH has that pace which on the hard grounds of Aus could be deadly.

      Maitland is also looking the part, his defense was awesome and he chaced kicks well, winning back a couple, it would be nice to see scotland attack more so he could show what he has.

      Wales and Scotland have most of the interesting players in the back three.

  3. Have to agree with Staggy. I’m delighted that we got the win and points certainly earned for defence, but that’s far from the whole story. Ireland were better in all other aspects, apart from goal kicking, and I would expect that to be reflected in the ratings between the two teams. On a side note – I know Jackson has done little wrong,is good with ball and hand and in defence, but I thought Weir was better when he was subbed in. Should this not earn him a start? His kicking game is streaks ahead.

  4. Agree with Saggy on points and Matt on Weir. Even Scott Johnson agreed Scotland were lucky to win. But as a Scotland fan i’m definitely happy! You said it yourself though, Weir made more metres in his 20mins than the rest in 80. As far as I see it he’s much more dangerous in attack (currently it’s easy to defend as Jackson stands deep and passes to Scott pretty much every time) and has a much better kicking game than Jackson. For me Jackson is the one really weak spot in the backs so worth giving Weir a go.

  5. I agree if they’d lost most of the team would have been getting 4’s or 5’s for performance Jim Hamilton and Kelly Brown excepted play that game 10 times over and on the stats Scotland would have won once maybe just happened to be the once on Sunday .

    I don’t think Scott Johnson will be handing out those kind of marks in performance review but a wins a win and winning “ugly ” being the curent fashion should build some confidence for the Welsh game .

  6. If the scoreline wan’t taken into account I think most of the forwards would have been scored a point or two lower. In one sense they defended really well but 25% possession or whatever the number was really shows we weren’t doing enough turnover work in the tackle. That said the defense looked a lot better than in the first two games where at times we looked really porous.

    I agree Weir should get the nod over Jackson. While Jackson didn’t do too much wrong apart from a couple of missed tackles he didn’t do much to trouble the defense either when he did have the ball. Weir looks like a much more dangerous runner with ball in hand and a better kicker as well.

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