World News – GB – Scots gear up for Wales with Georgia win


Scotland prepared for next Saturday’s Six Nations game against Wales with a comprehensive eight-try win over Georgia at Murrayfield

Darcy Graham, Fraser Brown and Hamish Watson tries had the hosts 17-0 at the break

Akaki Tabutsadze responded for Georgia, but scores from Brown, Stuart McInally, Duhan Van der Merwe, Graham and Blair Kinghorn sealed the victory

The half-ball arrived midway through the second half for his first appearance for a year after he played no part in the Six Nations for a violation of team protocol that led to a falling out with Head Coach Gregor Townsend

The next stop for Scotland is their last interrupted Six Nations game against Wales at Llanelli a week on Saturday, before starting their Fall Nations Cup campaign

Playing their first Test since beating France at Murrayfield seven months ago, it would have been fair to expect some rust from Scotland aside from Graham’s quick strike and clean finish after only two minutes, the opening quarter was tough, neither team handling smooth rugby

What was evident, however, was Scotland’s desire to build on their work in the Six Nations earlier this year, when they demonstrated a harder advantage up front and a newly stubborn defense.

The attackers were asked to do the heavy lifting, and with the payoff due to them Brown – captain of Scotland for the first time – was the beneficiary of a well-built maul after a roster as Townsend’s team faced Georgia in their own power play

Poor Georgian discipline was a theme, as they hit double the penalties awarded before the half-time whistle even sounded Scotland enjoyed one of the many advantages after going through stages close to the try line, as Scott Cummings nurtured impressive pillar Rory Sutherland, who put Watson to finish in the corner in the 32nd minute

But another opportunity was missed in first-half extra time, when Brown and Cornell Du Preez – who replaced injured Matt Fagerson – moved away, but a TMO review was unable to specify who succeeded in making the ball fail

The second half started out in the same rambling fashion, but came to life when winger Tabutsadze caught the lifted pass from scrum-half Vasil Lobzhanidze after four minutes to sprint for a score, which was confirmed when a TMO exam showed Cummings contact was being prevented the final pass to be judged forward

But any idea of ​​a spectacular comeback was quickly quashed when Brown fell to the back of a maul as Scotland reasserted their dominance in the roster

This reduced Scotland’s lead to 15 points, and then it was time for Russell to make his long-awaited return for the national team

The Racing fly-half trotted with a wide grin on his face for his 50th selection, but slipped into the inside center position released by James Lang, as Hastings remained at 10 He made an instant impact with two brilliant floating passes creating overlaps that Scotland failed to capitalize on

But it was once again the roster maul that got Scotland across the line McInally replaced Brown and took his place at the back of the disc to collapse, with Hastings finding the mark with his conversion after missing the previous three

Scotland’s back line was slackened against a tiring Georgia defense in the final quarter to claim an emphatic victory

First, Van der Merwe headed for Russell’s inside ball to charge under the posts for a first score, before Graham added his second of the night after the soft-handed scrum-half of replacement George Horne put him in the corner

Kinghorn’s try closed a powerful second half and was arguably the choice of eight tries.The full-back knocked down the Georgian defense – at this point at 14 men after a yellow card – from the depth, and managed to return the ball for himself to trot and touch the ground

Scotland team: Kinghorn; Graham; Harris, Lang; Van der Merwe; Hastings; Price; Sutherland, Brown (captain), Z Fagerson; Toolis, Cummings; Ritchie, Watson, M Fagerson

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