Thursday 22 June 2017

Cruise control for slick Scots

Scotland 43 Georgia 16

Scotland's Sean Maitland scores a try. Photo: Getty
Scotland's Sean Maitland scores a try. Photo: Getty

Andy Newport

Scotland ran in six tries as they rounded off their autumn series with a crushing win over Georgia.

And there was more than a hit of swagger to their stride as Stuart Hogg helped himself to a brace on top of a penalty try and additional scores from Tommy Seymour, Sean Maitland and Hamish Watson, leaving Georgia scrum-half Vasil Lobzhanidze's double to count for nothing.

Scotland's Stuart Hogg celebrates after the Autumn International match at Rugby Park, Kilmarnock. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday November 26, 2016. See PA story RUGBYU Scotland. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission
Scotland's Stuart Hogg celebrates after the Autumn International match at Rugby Park, Kilmarnock. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday November 26, 2016. See PA story RUGBYU Scotland. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission

The Georgians' pack have built up a formidable reputation. And another display of their forwards gave them a flying start as they visitors claimed a surprise lead after five minutes.

But the Dark Blues refused to panic and hit back within three minutes. With quarter of an hour gone, Scotland's pack decided to test themselves up against their heavyweight opponents and found they were more than a match.

Hogg produced a moment of magic to grab the fourth try after 34 minutes. Collecting a Russell pass on half-way, he spotted an opening and clipped a ball over the top and there was no catching him, leaving Laidlaw to add the conversion which sent the Scots in with a 20-point interval lead.

Glasgow scrum-half Ali Price came on with seven minutes remaining. And he set up the move which provided one last moment of joy with three minutes left. Rory Hughes was released down the left, with the Glasgow wing playing in Hogg to touch down the final try.

KILMARNOCK, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 26: John Barclay of Scotland is tackled by Mamuka Gorgodze of Georgia during the Autumn Test Match between Scotland and Georgia at Rugby Park on November 26, 2016 in Kilmarnock, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
KILMARNOCK, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 26: John Barclay of Scotland is tackled by Mamuka Gorgodze of Georgia during the Autumn Test Match between Scotland and Georgia at Rugby Park on November 26, 2016 in Kilmarnock, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Sunday Indo Sport

Promoted articles

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport