15. Stuart Hogg – 6
A quieter weekend for Hogg, who did little more than defend well. Positionally was always in the right place at the right time but was unable to mount any real sort of attack. Short of the high standards he has set thus far in the championship.
14. Sean Maitland – 5.5
Looked dangerous when the ball came to him but, like the rest of the back three, was barely used. Lots of up-and-unders meant that the wingers and fullbacks were under high ball pressure more often that not. Maitland is a positive runner but Scotland needed to find him more.
13. Sean Lamont – 5
The big man was silent throughout. He did little of any merit in attack, but at least his defense was solid. He kept Wales pinned back but his usually strong running was lacking.
12. Matt Scott – 5
Like the rest of the backs his defense was strong, always working hard to slow the Welsh attack. He was, however, found isolated on a number of occasions in attack, lacking support and getting turned over.
11. Tim Visser – 5
Dangerous at times but Wales kept his movements restricted for the most part. He is a real threat but Scotland need to incorporate him more into their plans otherwise his is just left wanting.
10. Duncan Weir – 5.5
Fairly positive first start for Scotland. Managed to do the basics well and while Wales put the young stand-off under huge pressure, Weir kept his composure.
9. Greig Laidlaw – 6
Precision goal kicking once again, but not much else. Kept to obvious territorial game plan with plenty of box kicks but could have tried to get his backs going a bit more.
1. Ryan Grant – 6
Front row was one of the most-penalised parts of the game with early engagements in the scrum costing Scotland dear. Aside from the scrum, Grant worked hard to complete nine carries.
2. Ross Ford – 5
Line-out was solid with six from six, but he was unable to exert any authority in general play – an area he needs to work on if he is to confirm himself as out-and-out number one in this position.
3. Euan Murray – 5
Came into the side at the expense of Geoff Cross who was Scotland’s most impressive player last weekend. Made nine tackles, a solid effort for a prop, but was at fault for allowing Hibbard to crash over for the only try of the game.
4. Richie Gray – 5
A solid outing until his injury forced him off. He was strong in the line-outs and worked well in defence.
5. Jim Hamilton – 5
Hamilton worked hard to pick-up the slack left by Gray’s departure but was not as effective as against Ireland. Managed to steal some Welsh ball at the line-out.
6. Rob Harley – 6
Twelve tackles is a solid effort but similar to many others he was fairly anonymous in other areas of the game. Like the rest of the team he defended well but managed little else of value.
7. Kelly Brown – 5
Defended well once again and can always be relied upon to give everything for his country, but was unable to galvanise Scotland to another unlikely win.
8. Johnnie Beattie – 5
Druspted play well but was no where effective enough with ball in hand. Gave away some silly penalties and was unable to turnover much for the Scots.