15. Stuart Hogg: 6.5
Not the best game that Hogg has ever had, but he scored a superb try after taking a difficult high ball and running the length of the field. Not as composed as he can be.
14. Sean Maitland: 6
Didn’t get a huge amount of ball in open space, and ran towards touch a couple of times when better options were on. Solid enough in defence.
13. Sean Lamont: 5
Fairly anonymous throughout most of the match but through no fault of his own. Made his tackles and I’m sure if he was on the wing, he’d have gone looking for the ball more.
12. Duncan Taylor: 5
Like Lamont, received next to no ball. Solid as per usual in defence but pulled up with a nasty looking leg injury during the second half.
11. Tim Visser: 6.5
Back in the international team and back among the tries, but should really have got another when he dropped the ball over the line. Was always there in support and his tackling looked assured.
10. Finn Russell: 6
The ball didn’t get to him as much as he would have liked, but he didn’t put a foot wrong on his debut. His kicks out of hand were fine and he did well with the limited service that he got.
9. Greig Laidlaw: 6.5
Best attacking game Laidlaw has had in a while. He uncharacteristically sniped a couple of times, once to set up Visser’s try. Box kicking was ok but his service to Russell was standardly slow.
1. Gordon Reid: 7
A solid debut for the Glasgow Warrior who has more than come into his own recently. Didn’t give an inch in the scrum and made a number of telling runs and tackles.
2. Scott Lawson: 8
Very good game by the hooker. Threw in well and, as usual, made an impressive amount of tackles and carries. Contributed to the impressive scrum and looks to have secured the number two shirt.
3. Geoff Cross: 7.5
All over Olive Kilifi in the scrum, so much so that the American was sent to the bin on 28 minutes. Tackled and carried well and you could tell when he went off by the negative impact it had on the scrum.
4. Richie Gray: 7
A typical Richie Gray performance but he didn’t impact the game as much as most expected. Was big in defence and taking the ball into contact. Did well to pressure the US lineout.
5. Jim Hamilton: 6.5
Played fairly well before sustaining what looked like a bad ankle injury just before halftime. Only gave away one penalty, which is good for Big Jim.
6. Alasdair Strokosch: 7
Made a huge amount of tackles and threw himself into every single one of them. Looked impressive despite a poor domestic season with Perpignan.
7. Blair Cowan: 4.5
Had a shocking start to his debut; missed an early tackle on Todd Clever, then threw a forward pass with an easy two-on-one screaming at him. Improved as the game went on but not by much.
8. Johnnie Beattie: 7
A solid but unspectacular game for Johnnie Beattie, but he doesn’t need to be spectacular. Carried hard into contact and should have scored when the scrum split in front of him, only to be held up.
Grant Gilchrist played for a good chunk of the game and impressed, as did MacArthur’s throwing in when he came on. The scrum became disjointed when Moray Low and Alex Allen arrived onto the scene and players like Ruaridh Jackson and Max Evans had no time to make an impact. A better impact bench is needed for tiring games like this.
By Calum Gillon (@C_Gillon)
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