This week Cammy, Rory and Sandy look back at Scotland’s win against Samoa and rate each players performance live!
We hear from the Offside Line’s David Barnes in Japan about the mood in the Scotland camp and conditions in Kobe. We also take a deep dive into one of our best ever “Crap Call Offs”, get our Hands In The Ruck over Japan’s underdog status and Jim Hamilton’s phallic obsessions.
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Rated on Attack, Defence, Breakdown and Set Piece
1. Allan Dell: Went off early on after a hard run and a good turnover. The HIA is a worry as there isn't much cover at Loosehead. - (A7/D6/B7/S6) Overall: 6.5/10
2. Stuart McInally: Solid effort from the captain but we need a little more from him. If he's going to be quiet, needs to lead by example. Lineout went very well throughout. - (A8/D6/B6/S8) Overall: 7/10
3. WP Nel: Didn't get it all his own way in the scrum and had a few short carries. With the Japanese scrum going well against Ireland he's going to need to step up. - (A7/D6/B6/S7) Overall: 6.5/10
4. Grant Gilchrist: Lineout was excellent but struggled to punch holes ball in hand. Key part of a much improved defensive effort. - (A6/D8/B6/S8) Overall: 7/10
5. Jonny Gray: Usual high workrate and lots of tackles. Despite the good work by the back row we still need the ball-carrying angry Jonny back in time for Japan. - (A6/D8/B7/S8) Overall: 7.5/10
6. Magnus Bradbury: Dynamic and destructive carrying. His quiet spell coincided with Scotland going slightly adrift early in the second half. - (A8/D7/B6/S7) Overall: 7/10
7. Jamie Ritchie: Almost good enough that we weren't worrying where the Mish was. Attacked the breakdown and even tried some pinball spins at one point. - (A7/D8/B7/S7) Overall: 7.5/10
8. Blade Thomson: The final part of a back row that should start again in the final pool match. Strong defensive, and gained more ground as the game went on. Useful in the wider channels as games open up and snaffled the final turnover to keep Samoa to nil. - (A8/D7/B8/S7) Overall: 7.5/10
Rated on Attack, Defence, Breakdown and Influence
9. Greig Laidlaw: Looked surprised to find himself through on the try line with open grass in front of him and should have backed his pace more. Topped off a good effort by cult hero Mr Greig. Kicked the goals to keep the scoreline inching away from Samoa. - (A7/D7/B7/I9) Overall: 7.5/10
10. Finn Russell: Booted a superb kick pass for Maitland's try but slippery conditions tended to compound the smaller errors which is why the score ended up much where it started. You get the sense had it been dry underfoot and on the ball he was in the mood for a good game but part of a decent tactical kicking effort that played the territory well. - (A6/D7/B6/I8) Overall: 7/10
11. Sean Maitland: Probably the standout back. Almost done out of the bonus point try by villain of the piece Fidow but probably dived at the perfect tie under normal circumstance. Threw himself everywhere and called for the kick pass when he saw it was on. - (A7/D8/B6/I8) Overall: 7.5/10
12. Sam Johnson: Not his best game in a Scotland shirt. Had more time on the ball but couldn't bend it to his will. Replaced by Taylor later in the game. - (A6/D6/B6/I6) Overall: 6/10
13. Chris Harris: Had a pretty effective game. A lot of his carries were in heavy traffic so didn't find much space to show what he is about, but he made ground and the ball was quick back for the next phase. Sound in defence. - (A8/D8/B7/I7) Overall: 7.5/10
14. Darcy Graham: Showed plenty of spark and maybe let down a few times not getting the right pass from the man inside (or one way over his head). Defensively punching well above his weight and didn't do anything wrong enough to lose his place. - (A6/D8/B6/I6) Overall: 6.5/10
15. Stuart Hogg: A little bit of the "tries too hard" but not as noticeable as last week when the rest of the team step up. Took an excellent drop goal to compound Scottish momentum going into half time. Some great tactical kicking. - (A6/D6/B6/I8) Overall: 6.5/10
Rated on Attack, Defence, Breakdown and Impact
16. Fraser Brown: Carried on the excellent work at the lineout and carried hard. Worth a start vs Russia or a half at least. - (A7/D6/B6/I8) Overall: 7/10
17. Gordon Reid: Called on earlier than he might have hoped given the humidity but battled manfully. Denied a try by a Samoan boot but perhaps should have let the ball go wider. Mercurial. - (A6/D7/B6/I6) Overall: 6.5/10
18. Zander Fagerson: Early wobble at the scrum but got back in the game pretty quickly. - (A6/D6/B6/I6) Overall: 6/10
19. Scott Cummings: Some good mischief at the maul but may not be enough to steal a starting spot. - (A6/D6/B6/I7) Overall: 6.5/10
20. Ryan Wilson: On very late with little impact. - (A6/D6/B6/I6) Overall: 6/10
21. George Horne: Looked controlled and put in a lovely looking clearance kick. - (A6/D6/B6/I7) Overall: 6.5/10
22. Adam Hastings: On very late with little impact - (A6/D6/B6/I6) Overall: 6/10
23. Duncan Taylor: On very late with little impact. Looked fired up. - (A6/D6/B5/I6) Overall: 6/10