Scotland player ratings: Darcy Graham and Duhan van der Merwe impress in loss to All Blacks

Scotland wing Darcy Graham Credit: Alamy
Scotland wing Darcy Graham Credit: Alamy

Following their 31-23 defeat to New Zealand in the Autumn Nations Series fixture at Murrayfield on Sunday, here’s the player ratings for Scotland.

15 Stuart Hogg: Recovered after an early missed tackle to put in a determined performance as he forced a penalty try and was a genuine threat with ball in hand all game, making 85 metres in total. 7

14 Darcy Graham: Took his try incredibly well in the first half, finishing it off by scorching Jordie Barrett which is no easy feat. Unlucky to miss out on a second crossing because of a foot in touch but his determination and joy for the game shone through again. 8

13 Chris Harris: Organised the defence superbly as always and had some moments with ball in hand too as he enjoyed the flatter game offered by Finn Russell. 7

12 Sione Tuipulotu: Struggled to make inroads over the advantage line but it wasn’t through a lack of trying as he put in a workmanlike shift in midfield. 6

11 Duhan van der Merwe: Looked for work all game and became more of a threat as the contest wore on. New Zealand will be pleased to see the back of him as he made 93 metres in all. 8

10 Finn Russell: A strong comeback performance from the Scotland maestro. His goal-kicking was excellent but it was his confidence and unique ability with ball in hand that once again came to the fore. 8

9 Ali Price: Tidy in his execution of the basics but was strangely anonymous with ball in hand and was replaced on 65 minutes by Ben White. 4

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8 Matt Fagerson: Seven carries for 48 metres as he did what was asked of him in difficult circumstances after other ball carriers were either injured or sin-binned. 6

7 Hamish Watson: Lasted just 18 minutes before the tyro was withdrawn from the action due to injury and ultimately failed his HIA. His presence on the field might have changed the eventual outcome at Murrayfield. N/A

6 Jamie Ritchie (c): Continues to impress in the early stages as captain while he got through his usual high quality work around the field and in the set-piece. Also spoke very well after the match and looks to be maturing into a promising leader. 7

5 Grant Gilchrist: Wearing the famous number five shirt donned by the watching Doddie Weir, Gilchrist was his usual industrious self with five carries and 13 tackles in the bank. Solid. 6

4 Richie Gray: An 80-minute shift from the 33-year-old as he returned to the side and put in a strong performance against the All Blacks. Was Scotland’s safe bet in the lineout with seven takes. 6

3 Zander Fagerson: Another solid hour from the tighthead as his stock continues to rise in the international game. Unfortunately he could only watch from the sidelines as New Zealand fought back late on. 6

2 Fraser Brown: A busy showing from the returning hooker as he took the fight to the All Blacks in a physical shift. The lineout also functioned well. 7

1 Pierre Schoeman: There’s few better carrying looseheads in the game right now and Schoeman racked up 41 metres from seven carries and backed that up with 10 tackles. His work at scrum time was also solid. 7

Replacements: Unlike the All Blacks, the Scottish bench fell well short in terms of impact. Jack Dempsey was yellow carded for a deliberate slap down while the remaining replacements struggled to have any say in the closing stages. 4

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