Player ratings: Greig Laidlaw shines for Scotland

Date published: March 17 2018

Here's our Scotland player ratings following their 29-27 win over Italy at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.

15 Stuart Hogg – Beat five defenders for his 111 metres. Took the game-clinching try brilliantly. Sometimes guilty of trying to do too much. 7/10

14 Tommy Seymour – Made the break down the left that led to Scotland's first try. Dealt well with the aerial bombardment. 6/10

13 Huw Jones – A rare off-day. Replaced with a quarter to go after two successive knock-ons. Did score a try, however. 6/10

12 Nick Grigg – Straightened well. More direct and what Scotland needed. Made the half-break that led to the first try. Beat three defenders from 12 carries. Also put in 10 hits. 8/10

11 Sean Maitland – Quiet, although he was starved of possession. When his chance came, he took it and took it well. Clinical display from the Saracens man. 7/10

10 Finn Russell – Really is the definition of mercurial, brilliant at times, far too often ordinary. Needs to find some consistency in his game. 5/10

9 Greig Laidlaw – Composure personified. The game changed when he moved to fly-half. Assisted two tries and landed the all-decisive pressure penalty. 9/10

8 Ryan Wilson – Missed the tackle on Polledri in the build-up to Tommaso Allan's second try. 5/10

7 Hamish Watson – 18 tackles, 12 carries. Showed good vision at stand-in scrum-half to set up Fraser Brown's try. 7/10

6 John Barclay (c) – Scored a try and made himself a nuisance to the Azzurri scrum-half. 6/10

5 Jonny Gray – Brave performance after a long season. Put in 18 hits. 6/10

4 Tim Swinson – Did a lot of the donkey work. Was a busy, industrious performance. 6/10

3 WP Nel – At fault for Allan's first try as the fly-half darted around him. Still appears rusty as he makes his way back to full match fitness. 5/10

2 Fraser Brown – Showed composure with the finish for his try. Went off at the interval with an ankle knock. 6/10

1 Gordon Reid – Replaced at the break after an underwhelming display. 4/10

Replacements: 

16 Stuart McInally – Made a big impact and showed why he is first-choice. Lineout throwing was accurate. Carried strongly. 7/10

17 Jamie Bhatti – Scrummaged solidly. 6/10

18 Zander Fagerson – Decent performance, replacing Nel at the interval. 6/10

19 Richie Gray – Not on long enough.

20 David Denton – Not on long enough.

21 Ali Price – Worked excellently in tandem with Laidlaw. Beat two defenders. 7/10

22 Pete Horne – Not on long enough.

23 Blair Kinghorn – Did not feature.


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