Player Ratings: History makers

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 21:45
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OPINION: Huw Jones scored two tries to help Scotlan produced an historic win over England at the Murrayfield.

It was Scotland's first victory over their oldest rivals in a decade and just England's second defeat in 26 Tests under Australian coach Eddie Jones, with Ireland now the only side left in this season's Six Nations who can complete a Grand Slam.

Scotland had not scored a try against England at Murrayfield in 14 years before Saturday's match but, with fly-half Finn Russell pulling the strings, they ran in three in the first half of a remarkable Calcutta Cup clash.

Iain Mundy rates the Scotland players!

15 Stuart Hogg
A couple of cracking trademark spiral kicks, no clean breaks but was very sold and looked dangerous as ever on the ball. Nearly put Maitland down the line for another try and his missed penalty didn’t matter in the end.

14 Tommy Seymour
Looks like he’s coming back into form, but no standout line breaks. Safe hands, a few strong carries and made some important tackles on his wing.

13 Huw Jones
Ran riot in the first half. Right place right time for his first try, his kick down the line instigated Scotland’s second, backed himself brilliantly to skin Brown and Watson for his second and Scotland’s third. My Man of the Match every day of the week.

12 Pete Horne
Midfield defence stood up well against Farrell and Joseph. Butchered an offload and probable try at the start of the second half, but very worthy of his selection.


11. Sean Maitland

Finished Scotland’s second try well after Russell’s floated pass, chased every Scotland restart hard, strong and direct in contact and really seemed to have the bit between his teeth today.

10 Finn Russell
Silenced his critics – outstanding performance. Cheeky grubber to set up Scotland’s first try, put Huw Jones through and lovely pop pass over the top for Scotland’s second. Much improved kicking from hand and attacked well from deep, pulled a blinder.

9 Greig Laidlaw
A controlled performance with good quick and slow ball combinations. Excellent vision and pinpoint pass picking out Jones for his second try, generally dealt well with bigger men defensively.

1. Gordon Reid
Held his own in the scrum and had a couple of good moments in the loose. When all the looseheads are fit he’s definitely staked a claim to keep his place on the team sheet.

2. Stuart McInally
Had a couple of wayward throws, but turned the ball over late on to put the match beyond England. A few huge carries and a big future in blue if he carries on this run of form.

3 Simon Berghan
Continued his run of good form in a Scotland jersey. Very strong in the loose and key in Scotland’s scrum success this afternoon.

4 Grant Gilchrist
Quiet game carrying by his standards, decent performance but was caught out defensively for England’s only try of the match.

5. Jonny Gray
Huge carries from the start, ridiculous work rate and put his body on the line till the final whistle. Outplayed Lawes, Itoje and is still somehow only 23 years of age.

6. John Barclay (Captain)
Led by example throughout. Prevented England from quick ball and secured at least three turnovers. Only the fourth Scot to lift the Culcutta Cup this millennium and it will last long in the memory.

7 Hamish Watson
Like Barclay was all over England in the rucks nicking the ball on a couple of occasions. Wriggly as ever in the loose and put pressure on Ford and Farrell.

8. Ryan Wilson
Safe hands under England’s restarts. Made a nuisance of himself at ruck time and helped prevent a certain England try early in the second half.


16 Scott Lawson  

17. Jamie Bhatti
Played his part in Scotland’s ever strong scrum after he came on, took one for the team resulting in a late England yellow card.

18 Willem Nel
WP’s back, and won a vital scrum penalty in the dying minutes.

19 Tim Swinson
Carried well and defended valiantly after his introduction midway through the second half.

20 David Denton
Not enough time to make an impact, but defended well and an extremely powerful player to bring on in big games like these.

21 Ali Price
A mature performance off the bench. Knew what was needed and managed the game well to see out a famous Scotland victory.

22 Nick Grigg
Such a strong leg drive on the ball, one excellent burst off the bench and made a couple of big hits. Loves a tackle.

23 Blair Kinghorn
Came onto the wing to replace Seymour, huge pressure environment to win his first cap with Scotland defending a narrow lead, but positioned himself well and didn’t miss any of his tackles.

By Iain Mundy, Rugbypass