Scotland fire then fade

Scotland scored six tries in their 43-16 win over Georgia in Kilmarnock on Saturday.

Georgia dominated the early exchanges at the gainline, and scored a try through Vasil Lobzhanidze in the fourth minute to earn a 5-0 lead. The hosts hit back strongly, however, scoring four tries in the lead-up to half-time.

Scotland went to the break with a commanding 31-11 lead. They added seven more points to their tally immediately after half-time to all but secure the result.

Thereafter, the hosts battled to keep the scoreboard ticking over. Stuart Hogg claimed his second try of the match in the 76th minute to ensure that Scotland finish on a high note. 

Scotland – Tries: Tommy Seymour, Penalty try, Sean Maitland, Stuart Hogg (2), Hamish Watson. Conversions: Greig Laidlaw (5). Penalty: Laidlaw.
Georgia – Tries: Vasil Lobzhanidze (2). Penalties: Merab Sharikadze (2).

Scotland – 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Sean Maitland, 13 Mark Bennett, 12 Aex Dunbar, 11 Tommy Seymour, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Greig Laidlaw, 8 Ryan Wilson, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 Rob Harley, 5 Jonny Gray, 4 Richie Gray, 3 Zander Fagerson, 2 Ross Ford, 1 Allan Dell.
Subs: 16 Fraser Brown, 17 Alex Allan, 18 Moray Low, 19 Grant Gilchrist, 20 John Barclay, 21 Ali Price, 22 Peter 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.
Subs: 16 Badri Alkhazashvili, 17 Kakha Asieshvili, 18 Dudu Kubriashvili, 19 Lasha Lomidze, 20 Giorgi Tkhilaishvili, 21 Giorgi Begadze, 22 Beka Tsiklauri, 23 Shalva Sutiashvili.

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