Scotland 44 - 38 Samoa - How the Scotland players rated

How the Scotland players rated out of 10 in their narrow and nervy win over Samoa.

Scotland celebrate after Stuart McInally (centre) scored his try. Picture: SNS/Ross Parker
Scotland celebrate after Stuart McInally (centre) scored his try. Picture: SNS/Ross Parker

STUART HOGG - 7

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Right place at the right time for the opening try - his 17th for Scotland - and always seems to create something with ball in hand. Made a couple of trademark breaks as they game went on, but still short of full fitness.

TOMMY SEYMOUR - 6

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Big early boot down the line set up Hogg’s opening score, but struggled to get into the game and was starved of ball before he came off.

HUW JONES - 7

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Showed quick hands early on and a good finish for his fifth try in nine games, could be an exciting signing for Glasgow this season.

ALEX DUNBAR - 7

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Grew into the game in the second half and scored an important try for the hosts.

LEE JONES - 6

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Tried to involve himself in the game but often ran out of space. However, looked lively and made a key contribution to Dunbar’s late score.

FINN RUSSELL - 7

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A few errant kicks out of hand early on, but got better as the game went on and produced one dazzling break that made crucial ground. A decent afternoon with the boot, kicking 12 points.

ALI PRICE - 7

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A nuisance around the fringes and a handy replacement for Greg Laidlaw. Looked sharp before going off.

DARRYL MARFO - 7

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Took a couple of early hits, but secured a big turnover to make an instant impact on debut.

STUART MCINALLY - 9

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Impeccable with his throwing and a couple of trademark carries which led to two tries and a good run out.

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WP NEL - 5

Was penalised in the scrum early on and lacked discipline in the loose before he was forced off with an arm problem.

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BEN TOOLIS - 7

Showed good hands on more than one occasion and was a nuisance around the park. Reliable in the line-out.

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JONNY GRAY - 7

A couple of big carries as the strength of the Scottish pack showed in the second half.

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JOHN BARCLAY - 6

Suffered a blow to the shoulder and did not quite look at his best after a month out.

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HAMISH WATSON - 6

A couple of turnovers but unable to secure quick ball in a frustrating first half.

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RYAN WILSON - 6

A quiet afternoon for the vice-captain.

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REPLACEMENTS

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Fagerson made a good impact after coming on early for Nel, but, despite looking fitter than their Samoan counterparts, Scotland were guilty for letting the game slip out of their control late on. Horne made a lively contribution however.

GEORGE TURNER on for McInally, 59.

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JAMIE BHATTI on for Marfo, 59.

ZANDER FAGERSON on for Nel, 32

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TIM SWINSON on for Toolis, 72.

CORNELL DU PREEZ on for Barclay, 59.

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HENRY PYRGOS on for Price, 65.

PETE HORNE on for Russell, 65.

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CHRIS HARRIS on for Seymour 59.