Scotland down plucky Georgia

Date published: November 26 2016

Scotland pulled off a spectacular first half display to beat Georgian 43-16 in Kilmarnock on Saturday.

It is great result for Scotland who finish off their November Series with two wins from three games, and their only loss came at the hands of Australia who could only beat Scotland by one point.

Georgia will be disappointed with the loss after scoring the first try and looking very competitive at the start of the game. They finish their November series with two losses and a win against Samoa.

Scotland played some great running rugby after grabbing four tries in just the first thirty minutes including a penalty try.

Georgia scored the first try of the game through scrum-half Vasil Lobzhanidze. The nippy scrum-half took the ball from the back of the maul and flew down the wing to score. The try was reviewed by the TMO after Mamuka Gorgodze might have been crossing but the score was cleared.

Scotland replied immediately after as they played the ball wide and attacked up the midfield before full-back Stuart Hogg chipped the ball forward for Tommy Seymour to touch down on.

Scotland then received a penalty try after they started a driving maul and rumbled towards the opposition line. The Georgians couldn't quite hold them back and after too many infringements, Scotland was given the try.

The home side then got their third try of the match after spreading the ball wide but the Georgian defence held strong. Scotland then sent their big forwards into crash and sucked in the Georgian defence before spreading the ball wide again for Maitland to go over.

Hogg then picked up his first try after intercepting a wayward Georgian pass and had a clear run to the line to score the five-pointer.

Hamish Watson then scored a fantastic try when the home side set up a maul on the on the five metre and moved steadily forward after a line out. Watson then ran a perfectly timed rapid banana run around the maul, the ball was popped to him before he broke the defensive line and scored.

Georgia weren't done yet though as they used a scrum well on the Scottish five metre line to push the home side right over. Georgian number eight Beka Bitsadze tried to pick the ball up under pressure but knocked the ball back but Lobzhanidze was quick enough to dive on the ball and score.
Hogg had the final say when the full-back finshed a fantastic team try. Scotland played it down field through some silky passing skills that ended with Hogg scoring.

The scorers:

Hogg 2, Maitland, Seymour, Penalty Try, Watson
Cons: Laidlaw 5
Pens: Laidlaw

Lobzhanidze 2
Pens: Kvirikashvili 2

Scotland: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Sean Maitland, 13 Mark Bennett, 12 Alex Dunbar, 11 Tommy Seymour, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Greig Laidlaw(c), 8 Ryan Wilson, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 Rob Harley, 5 Jonny Gray, 4 Richie Gray, 3 Zander Fagerson, 2 Ross Ford, 1 Allan Del
Replacements: 16 Fraser Brown, 17 Alex Allan, 18 Moray Low, 19 Grant Gilchrist, 20 John Barclay, 21 Ali Price, 22 Pete Horne, 23 Rory Hughes

Georgia: 15 Merab Kvirikashvili, 14 Giorgi Aptsiauri, 13 Merab Sharikadze, 12 Tamaz Mtchedlidze, 11 Sandro Todua, 10 Lasha Malaghuradze, 9 Vasil Lobzhanidze, 8 Beka Bitsadze, 7 Mamuka Gorgodze(c), 6 Vito Kolelishvili, 5 Giorgi Nemsadze, 4 Kote Mikautadze, 3 Levan Chilachava, 2 Jaba Bregvadze, 1 Mikheil Nariashvili
Replacements: 16 Badri Alkhazashvili, 17 Kakha Asieshvili, 18 Dudu Kubriashvili, 19 Lasha Lomidze, 20 Giorgi Tkhilaishvili, 21 Giorgi Begadze, 22 Beka Tsiklauri, 23 Shalva Sutiashvili

Referee: Matthew Carley (England)