How the Scotland players rated in 27-3 loss to Ireland in Rugby World Cup opener

Marks out of ten for Scotland following the Rugby World Cup Pool A clash in Yokohama

Sunday, 22nd September 2019, 11:56 am
Scotland rugby team player ratings

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Chased everything, came into the line well and can be pleased with his efforts, but can't do it all himself. Caught out as Ireland scored second try.
Had his moments but was kept quiet by a well-organised Ireland defence. Jittery moment when he dropped Russell pass but Hogg spared his blushes
Played like someone who has spent a long time out injured, unsurprisingly. Can't fault his work ethic but will need to limit the errors going forward.

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Defended well enough, including potential try-saving tackle on Jacob Stockdale but didn't show enough in attack
Conway had him on toast for the bulk of the match and as a result he had little impact on the game
Unplayable on his day, but this certainly wasn't his day. Ireland did well to keep him quiet and he was largely ineffective as a result.
Seasoned performer but game seemed to pass him by as opposite number Murray ran the show.
Carried with intent on a couple of occasions, missed a tackle but fought well in the front-row.
Captain lost Henderson in the lead up to opening try but worked hard defensively and threw well enough
Ireland had identified him as a key man, and he showed why. Strong in the tackle and put in a power of work in the breakdown.
Needs to be more effective in the tackle and breakdown. Forward pass to Johnson ended promising attack late in first half
A typical performance from the Glasgow Warriors man. Strong in the carry and got around the pitch well.
Seemed to lose focus as he allowed Stander to burst forward after a ruck and was guilty of coughing up as Scotland looked to mount a fightback early in the second half. 5
A big loss for Scotland when he went off, as the Edinburgh man had been a strong performer in the first half. Strong in the tackle and the breakdown.
Lost the ball frequently in the carry and fluffed catch led to Conway's try
Ali Price was the pick of the bunch, performing well at scrum-half, while Darcy Graham put in a shift. Blade Thomson can be happy with his contribution as well