Scotland 36-9 Georgia: Gregor Townsend’s side win final World Cup warm-up

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By Andy Burke
BBC Scotland in Murrayfield
Scotland pulled in Murrayfield away from a Georgia in the second half to earn their third win matches.
It was a game at the break, with Blair Kinghorn and tries by Ali Price.
However, Sam Johnston tries by Darcy Graham, also darted over to border the Scots clear, along with the Horne brothers – Pete and George – sealed victory in the final match of Scotland against Ireland on 22 September.
It was a demanding performance in area from the side of Gregor Townsend, with the Georgians demonstrating more belligerent than in last weekend osmosis in Tbilisi.
The story of the summer series of Scotland had been one of improvement. A disheartening hammering in Nice at the hands of France followed over Les Bleus at Murrayfield, after which a dismantling of Georgia.
Having named his closing 31-man squad for the World Cup on Tuesday,” Townsend elected to take a lot of his big guns – the likes of Stuart Hogg, Finn Russell, Greig Laidlaw, Hamish Watson, John Barclay and Stuart McInally – out of the line of fire.
With so many alterations, the Scots took some time but after a opening 15 seconds that they began to cut. Kinghorn established the counter-attack and, following incursions from Graham and Johnson, Price dived over for a try that was brilliant.
Adam Hastings’ crossfield-kick that was nail found Graham, who did to offload.
Three penalties against Abzhandadze supposed, despite those two Scotland attempts, we had a sport along with the buoyancy turned to stress from the crowd as the visitors ended the half stronger. Fly-half Abzhandadze has been growing in influence and his eye for a difference was giving Scotland issues.
A try to shoot some wind in the Georgia sails was had by the hosts, and they got 10 minutes to it following the rest. Blade Thomson and ryan Wilson punctured the defence and Scotland showed patience to continue prodding and probing until Hastings was able to ship Johnson through untouched under the sticks.
The try did little to raise the atmosphere of frustration within Murrayfield through the roof because the home side struggled to stitch five phases of play.
This wasn’t the try-laden display the supporters came to watch to Japan for the big send-off, and in that the first priority only secured the triumph.
The game was secure once Duncan Taylor whipped out a long pass to Chris Harris, who brought two defenders and slid in Graham the touchline for his fifth attempt in eight Tests.
The people’ opposition was disintegrating and substitute George Horne darted through some ropey fringe defence to get down to try number five, prior to brother Peter came off the bench to get in to the action, capitalising on some crazy Georgian play deep in their own land.
Finally a thorough victory for the Scots before the serious stuff starts in Japan. They’ll be better when their key men reunite, and when they take on the Irish first up they will need to be.
Scotland: B Kinghorn; T Seymour; D Taylor, S Johnson; D Graham; A Hastings, A Price; G Reid, G Turner, Z Fagerson; S Cummings, J Gray; R Wilson (capt), J Ritchie, B Thomson.
Replacements: G Stewart, A Dell, S Berghan, B Toolis G Horne C Harris.
Georgia: S Matiashvili; Z Dzneladze; D Katcharava, L Malaghuradze; M Modebadze; T Abzhandadze, V Lobzhanidze; M Nariashvili (capt), S Mamukashvili, B Gigashvili; K Mikautadze, G Nemsadze; S Sutiashvili, G Tkhilaishvili, B Gorgadze.
Replacements: G Kveseladze, T Mtchhedlidze V Karkadze, G Gogichashvili, G Melkidze, L Lomidze, B Saghinadze.
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