The Famous Grouse Nations Series

Scottish Gas Murrayfield

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5
Tries
0
van der Merwe46′
Darge51′
Dempsey58′
Steyn68′
van der Merwe77′
4
Conversions
0
Russell47′
Russell52′
Healy59′
Healy69′
0
Penalties
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12′Matkava
21′Matkava
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Drop Goals
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80'

Scotland sign off for Rugby World Cup 2023 with win

Full-time in Edinburgh and the headline is that Scotland win their third of four matches this summer, but if ever there was a game of two halves..

Georgia went into the break six points up through two Luka Matkava penalties, their desire to grab another Tier 1 scalp very clear.

Scotland needed something entirely different in the second half and they duly delivered, with tries from Duhan van der Merwe (2), Rory Darge, Jack Dempsey and Kyle Steyn.

Van der Merwe’s second, his 20th for Scotland, took him level with Tommy Seymour in fifth-place on the country’s all-time list – from a mere 31 caps.

60'

Final subs on for Scotland

Second row Scott Cummings is on for Sam Skinner and Chris Harris replaces Huw Jones at centre to complete the substitutions. 20 minutes left of Te Famous Grouse Nations Series and Scotland have looked really sharp since half-time.

77'

Duhan double delight!

Duhan van der Merwe now has 20 Scotland tries. He’s only played in 31 Tests.

It’s similar to his first this afternoon, gathering a looping ball – this time Ben Healy is on the money with this assist – and the prolific try machine does the rest from a metre or two out.

Van der Merwe draws level with the great Tommy Seymour on that terrific 20 tries, the pair now joint-fifth on Scotland’s all-time list.

Healy’s just missed the conversion, by the way. 33-6.

69'

Kyle careering towards ten tries

After a nasty moment when Jamie Ritchie was cynically taken out in the air by Akai Tabutsadze, Scotland are soon smiling again with a fourth try. It’s Kyle Steyn with a remarkable ninth try in only 13 caps, as the winger feeds off the scraps of Jack Dempsey coming up as short as you could. Ben Healy tallies up another conversion and the game is out of sight at 28-6.

 

75'

Five to go, another score in Scotland?

Mirian Modebadze, the Georgia winger, goes in a little high on Kyle Steyn and referee Raynal spots it. Scotland opt for a scrum and when Ben Healy launches a mammoth ball out towards the vicinity of Duhan van der Merwe, it looks like a score is imminent. The pass is marginally too heavy though and goes out for a Georgia line-out.

53'

Sextet of replacements for hosts

Scotland’s front row is freshened up with Rory Sutherland, Ewan Ashman and Javan Sebastian coming on for Jamie Bhatti, Dave Cherry and WP Nel. George Horne and Ben Healy replace Ben White and Finn Russell, and Matt Fagerson is on in try-scorer Rory Darge’s stead. Phew.

57'

Jack of all trades!

Scotland out of the woods now? A third try in fewer than ten minutes, and not dissimilar to the last. Jack Dempsey, the number 8 who has enjoyed a great summer of Test rugby, now has his first Scotland try and how he enjoys celebrating! Another series of telling pick-and-goes, and Dempsey is the one who crashes over. Ben Healy adds the two. 21-6.

45'

Scotland in territorial gains

Georgia collapse a scrum on their own 22, which is a relief because Akai Tabutsadze intercepted a Russell flat ball to Sione Tuipulotu that he wold have most certainly raced home for. Line-out from Russell’s dink . Scotland will try and  create something here..

46'

Duhan delight!

It’s the breakthrough we all needed! From that rumbling line-out maul, Scotland decide to utilise their backs and of course Finn Russell is involved. The stand-off caresses the ball with the outside of his right foot, and Duhan van der Merwe is on hand – after a hint of almost juggling – to score his 19th international try, and one of his easiest. Russell converts and Scotland now lead, 7-6.

41'

Can Scotland overturn half-time deficit?

It may not carry Rugby World Cup points or a trophy, but the importance of sending Scotland off to next month’s tournament in fine fettle isn’t lost on many. Georgia will go again so the onus is on the hosts to come up with a plan to counter their stubborn, and talented, opponents.

Remember, Georgia beat Wales last November in Cardiff, so they have previous..

42'

Sea change from Scotland already

It’s only taken a minute for Scotland to show improvement. It’s Huw Jones who bursts through the Georgian defence and although his attempted ball to Duhan van der Merwe is patted away by Akai Tabutsadze, they have found a groove. Van der Merwe then threatens to go it alone a la Twickenham earlier this year, but can’t quite repeat the finish.

51'

Darge dots down for delightful double

Scotland’s blushes are spared and then fully forgiven when Rory Darge crashes over for his third Scotland try, and second of The Famous Grouse Nations Series. It looks like Duhan van der Merwe is going to bulldoze his way over again, but he’s held up. Jamie Bhatti goes centimetres close, before Jamie Ritchie has an effort. Eventually it’s the open side Darge who eases through a Georgian gap. Russell adds the extras, and it’s 14-6 Scotland.

39'

Scots not releasing

Referee Raynal decides that Rory Darge isn’t releasing and Geogia will eat up the seconds needed to get to half-time here. They’re going to lead at the break and keep Scotland scoreless – would anyone have predicted that double set of circumstances? It’s been fully merited, too.

30'

Steyn alive

Kyle Steyn, who came into the team on account of Darcy Graham’s late niggle, makes the most telling inroads yet, slaloming through numerous Georgian defenders, before Scotland are stopped in their tracks with a Ben White knock-on. A monstrous clearance by Matkava goes out on the full, so Scotland have the throw again on the away 22.

35'

Scotland to deliver here?

Finn Russell nudges one into touch for a home line-out after Georgia are adjudged to have brought a scrum down. The hosts trying to rumble their way over but quickly the ball is going out to the backs..

40'

Solid Georgia lead Scotland at half-time

And they do just that, kicking to touch, collecting the line-out and booting the ball out. Scottish Gas Murrayfield is somewhat stunned.

Two Luka Matkava penalties represent the scoreboard difference, but Georgia have been mightily impressive throughout. This won’t be an easy fix for a Scotland side who have a few cylinders to find from which to fire.

36'

Try Scotland – overturned

Kyle Steyn reckons he’s wriggled over in the corner after Russell fires one of his looping heat-seekers towards the winger, but Raynal’s officiating support want to have a look. They eventually decided that Steyn has lost control of the ball when attempting to score, and they’re probably spot on. Luka Matkava will lead the escape with a goal-line drop-out.

21'

Forward pass interrupts another Georgia attack

It’s all Georgia. Matkava and Niniashvili, the stand-off and full-back, are dovetailing superbly at first and second receiver. Eventually Scotland are spared when inside centre Merab Sharikadze loops a huge miss pass towards the left touchline, but it’s a good mile forward. Scrum reset Scotland on halfway.

28'

Better from Scotland

Side entry from Georgia and Scotland opt to tap and go inside the opposition 22. Scottish Gas Murrayfield has found its voice as well, which the team are trying to feed off. Georgia have put so much into this opening half hour, you’d have to think they might tire before half-time.

16'

First sign of Finn magic

Again a bit lateral, but Finn Russell tests the Georgian defence by pinpointing a no-look double miss pass out to Kyle Steyn. It amounted to nothing as Duhan van der Merwe gets bundled into touch in the next phase.

18'

Georgia so close to opening try; lead extended though

Los Lelos are flying and full of confidence. A sumptuous cross-grubber from Damuri Tapladze looks set to put scrum-half Vasil Lobzhanidze over but Ollie Smith sweeps well and wins the race to dot the ball down. Another penalty coming though, which young Luka Matkava slots with the ease of a seasoned international. 6-0 to Georgia, a quarter of the game gone.

25'

Nel feeling the force

There won’t have been many times in WP Nel’s 57-cap career when he’s taken a hit bigger than or better-timed than Matkava’s just now. The crowd collectively ‘ooooft’ as the ball spills forward, and Georgia have the scrum.

9'

Scotland attack but penalised for holding on

Scotland have been very lateral in their possession thus far, going for the diskless rather than the outrageous. Jack Dempsey pierces through but Georgia force the holding on error and clear to touch from the resulting penalty.

13'

Brute strength from Georgia

The visitors are renowned for their physical presence, and show just why they’re so feared. They gobble up Huw Jones in contact and effortlessly win a scrum for holding up the maul. Scotland haven’t fired a shot yet, but they haven’t been allowed to.

5'

On the back foot, Scotland gain scrum relief

As Georgian muscle slowly towards the Scottish line, the ball is held up and the hosts get awarded a scrum by today’s referee, Mathieu Raynal. Scotland clear but the visitors win the high ball contest and their attack only comes unstuck when full back Davit Niniashvili knocks on. Good start by the team in white and, possibly, crimson. Definitely a red of some sort.

1'

Kick-off at Scottish Gas Murrayfield

Scotland and Georgia get their final Rugby World Cup 2023 game up and running, Luka Matkava hoisting the ball into the blue (yes blue) Edinburgh sky. Grant Gilchrist catches and Scotland clear safely. Here we go.

11'

First points to Georgia

Luka Matkava, the very talented 21-year-old Black Lion stand-off, gets his eye in from 40m after Grant Gilchrist is penalised for not rolling away. Georgia lead 3-0 at Scottish Gs Murrayfield.

17:15

Final prep

The players are coming to the end of their warm-ups at Scottish Gas Murrayfield. Kick-off is now just 15 mins away!

17:20

Four years on from Scotland’s last Georgia encounter

Scotland and Georgia have met five times since a first encounter during the 2011 Rugby World Cup in Invercargill, New Zealand, when four penalties and a drop goal from Dan Parks helped contribute to a 15-6 success.

The last time these countries faced one another was in 2020, when Duhan van Der Merwe scored a try on debut in a 48-7 victory at Murrayfield. He’s added 17 more in the time since. Some finisher.

2'

Early Duhan foray

It didn’t take long for Duhan van der Merwe to get himself in on the act. The hulking wing breaks a few tackles with the first notable intent of the afternoon, but the ball eventually goes dead for a Georgia line-out.

16:42

Scotland Macron kit available

Thinking about buying the new 2023/24 season kit? Now is your chance! The Scottish Rugby Marcon store is open today so grab your very own home, alternate or training kit and support the team!

16:00

Inside the Scotland changing room

 

16:30

60 minutes to go!

One hour to go until kick-off at Scottish Gas Murrayfield.

17:00

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15:15

The stage is set

 

16:15

Your Scotland team have arrived

 

15:30

The Stats

  • Scotland have won each of their previous five Test matches against Georgia, including their most recent by a margin of 41 points (48-7 in October 2020), which was their heaviest-ever win against the Lelos.
  • Scotland have won three of their last four Test matches and have scored 3+ tries in eight of their last nine outings.
  • Scotland have won five of their last six Test matches on home soil, including each of their last three – each of Scotland’s last two home wins have come despite trailing their opponents at half-time, including a comeback from 18 points down in their most recent home game (25-21 v France).

 

13:45

Last chance to send the team off in style

If you’re coming to this evening’s game make sure you stay in your seat at the full-time whistle to give the squad a big send-off to the Rugby World Cup!

Purchase HERE and tickets will appear in the Scottish Rugby Ticketing App.

14:00

RWC Podcast Special

This week we bring you a very special episode of the Official Scottish Rugby Podcast… We are delighted to be joined by a host of players selected to represent Scotland in the upcoming Rugby World Cup in France – including Matt Fagerson, Zander Fagerson, Jamie Ritchie, Rory Darge, Scott Cummings, Ewan Ashman and Ben White. Chris and Caroline get a real insight to how players are feeling, the pride and family elation, the preparation that it takes to get to this stage and the big highlight, the buffet at Scott’s in South Queensferry – where the squad announcement press launch took place.

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12:00

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12:30

Tickets are still available!

Don’t miss this evening’s match – tickets will be available right up until kick-off at 5.30pm if you can get along to Scottish Gas Murrayfield in Edinburgh.

Buy online in advance and your tickets will appear in your Scottish Rugby Ticketing App.

Adult tickets start from £26.25 and under 18s from £13.13 (inc booking fees).

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11:05

Our Opposition

15:00

Send-off the team in style!

A reminder to all fans coming to the game today to stay in their seats at full time as the team will take a lap of the field to show their appreciation for all your support during The Famous Grouse Nations Series!

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13:00

Ticket holder information

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11:00

Your Scotland Team

10:00

It’s Game Day!

Scotland take on Georgia at Scottish Gas Murrayfield today at 5.30pm in the final game of The Famous Grouse Nations Series.

Tickets are still available HERE

If you can’t make it along, watch live on Amazon Prime Video.

11:15

Gregor Townsend on Team Selection

10:15

Match Preview

All you need to know ahead of the game.

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10:45

Jack Dempsey at Team Run

80:00 Second Half End

76:50

van der Merwe

74:07

Mamamtavrishvili
Ivanishvili

68:42

Healy

67:44

Steyn

66:50

Abzhandadze
Matkava

59:19

Cummings
Skinner

59:17

Aprasidze
Lobzhanidze

59:12

Harris
Jones

58:54

Healy

57:57

Dempsey

56:21

Papidze
Gigashvili

51:50

Horne
White

51:45

Sebastian
Nel

51:44

Kveseladze
Tapladze

51:43

Ashman
Cherry

51:42

Jaiani
Mikautadze

51:41

Sutherland
Bhatti

51:40

Healy
Russell

51:35

Fagerson
Darge

51:30

Gogichashvili
Nariashvili

51:11

Russell

50:08

Darge

46:50

Russell

45:40

van der Merwe

39:51

Chachanidze
Jaiani

40:00 First Half End

39:19

Jaiani
Chachanidze

37:33

Zamtaradze
Mamukashvili

20:31

Matkava

11:34

Matkava

Kick-off 5:30 pm

tries

5

conversion goals

4

penalty goals

0

kick success

20

possession

69

tackles

96

scrums won

8

lineouts won

16

clean breaks

8

turnovers conceded

13

yellow cards

0

red cards

0

tries

0

conversion goals

0

penalty goals

2

kick success

25

possession

31

tackles

194

scrums won

3

lineouts won

8

clean breaks

3

turnovers conceded

15

yellow cards

0

red cards

0

Scotland Men

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