Scotland v Georgia: A Try Breakdown
In their last warm up game before flying to Japan to prepare for the upcoming Rugby World Cup, Gregor Townsend’s Scotland team treated their BT Murrayfield crowd to a six-try win against Georgia. The scores were produced by blistering pace, precise offloads and impressive player combinations, and here, Erin McRitchie breaks down all six scores.
There was six opportunities to celebrate tries for the Scotland boys last night against Georgia, with Darcy Graham and Blair Kinghorn featuring heavily. (Photo: Scottish Rugby twitter)
The first score of the game started in the safe hands of the ever impressive duo of Blair Kinghorn and Darcy Graham. Kinghorn took the high ball put up by the Georgian back, carrying it through the attempted tackles of two defenders before feeding Graham who blistered his way up the wing.
A flick pass to Sam Johnson as he was tackled saved the attacking play and it was Johnson who ultimately fed Ali Price for the score – his run in almost clear as his only worry was to evade the outstretched hands of Zurab Dzneladze as he sprinted across from midfield in a desperate attempt to reach the Scottish scrum half before the line.
Adam Hastings missed the conversion, but the Scots had secured themselves the early lead. Start as you mean to go on, after all.
The young trio involved in the first try struck again for the second. In good position close to the Georgian line, Hastings chipped a kick over the approaching defence to Graham on the wing.
The borderman, mid-tackle, managed to keep his tiptoes in play just long enough to one hand a offload to Kinghorn who crashed over the line for a score of his own. Once again however, it went unconverted by Hastings.
The combination of the two Edinburgh backs has certainly worked in Scotland’s favour on many occasions throughout this four game warm-up series.
It didn’t take long for Scotland to go back on the offensive in the second half as they confidently breached the Georgian 22. Following some good recycling of the ball, Ryan Wilson carried only to crash down inches from the line. There was a deafening cry of ‘Scotland’ in the stadium as the forwards prepared to do the grunt work at the line.
Price put in a slightly longer pass out to Hastings however, which allowed him to easily feed Johnson to go over just left of the sticks. With the angle proving to be much easier this time, Hastings was able to complete his first successful conversion kick of the evening.
Graham has quickly cemented himself as a fan-favourite within the Scotland set-up. (Photo: Scottish Rugby twitter)
Another young face who impressed with his game performance was lock Scott Cummings and it was his clean take at the lineout which ultimately started the momentum for the fourth Scottish try.
The Scots recycled ball well to ramp up the threat of their attack in the 22. The ball eventually found its way into the hands of Graham who powered through the remaining defensive line to splash over the white wash for a score of his own, however, Hastings conversion attempt was agonisingly short of the bar.
Graham, the Hawick winger certainly seems to have become somewhat of a nation’s sweetheart as the well-documented Murrayfield roar flared up every time the young prospect touched the ball.
Following Graham’s try, Scotland were instantly back on the attack, and taking possession of the ball into the Georgian 22, within seconds of the restart. This time it was the provider of the recycle ball, George Horne – who had received a large roar as he came on to the turf to replace Price – who took it upon himself to be the carrier.
The young and exciting scrum half spotted the smallest of gaps opening up in the Georgian line, sneakily darting through it to put himself over for the score and increase his side’s lead. His face as he went over the line was the epitome of a young 24 year old thriving upon the opportunities he has been given in return for some serious graft.
To top things off, Horne was able to convert his own score right in front of the posts, and in front of the BT Murrayfield crowd.
As with many sets of siblings, never to be out done, Pete Horne also crossed the whitewash for a score. The stadium couldn’t seem to believe the unfolding play as they once more witnessed a Horne scoring the five points for their nation.
The elder Horne collected a poorly calculated chip kick from the Georgian backs, quickly turned in position and ran in the couple metres which lay open, and allowed him to score, unchallenged. Hastings successful conversion concluded the nights scoring.
Scotland: B Kinghorn, T Seymour, D Taylor, S Johnson, D Graham; A Hastings, A Price; G Reid, G Turner, Z Fagerson, S Cummings, J Gray, R Wilson, J Ritchie, B Thomson. Subs: G Stewart, A Dell, S Berghan, B Toolis, M Bradbury, G Horne, P Horne, C Harris.
Georgia: S Matiashvili, Z Dzneladze; D Katcharava, L Malaghuradze, M Modebadze; T Abzhandadze, V Lobzhanidze; M Nariashvili, S Mamukashvili, B Gigashvili; K Mikautadze, G Nemsadze; S Sutiashvili, G Tkhilaishvili, B Gorgadze. Subs: G Kveseladze, T Mtchhedlidze, G Aprasidze, V Karkadze, G Gogichashvili, G Melkidze, L Lomidze, B Saghinadze.
Referee: Romain Poite (France).
Scotland: Tries: Price, Kinghorn, Johnson, Graham, G Horne, P Horne. Cons: Hastings 2, G Horne.
Georgia: Pens: Abzhandadze 3.
Scoring Sequence (Scotland first): (0-0), (5-0), (5-3), (10-3), (10-6), (10-9) HT (15-9), (17-9), (22-9), (27-9), (29-9), (34-9), (36-9) FT.