Scotland vs Georgia
7:30pm Friday 6th September
BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Gregor Townsend was abandoned sweating on Ben Toolis’ fitness after a head knock that was stressing was suffered by the lock close to the end of Scotland’s 36-9 win over Georgia.
The Dark Blues coach was hoping to see his team run throughout their World Cup unscathed.
But Toolis’ state will require checking after referee Romain Poite has been made to halt play 15 minutes out of time with all the Edinburgh out on the ground.
The 27-year-old was taken for concussion tests but didn’t return and faces an anxious wait to find out if he will be available for duty after the Scots kick-off their championship on September 22 from Ireland.
Tries in Ali Price, Blair Kinghorn, Sam Johnson, Darcy Graham, George Horne along with his brother Peter watched Scotland round with a third straight victory off their warm-up schedule.
However, Townsend will know if they are to topple Joe Schmidt’s group in a fortnight, his staff might need to sharpen up on their stuttering first-half screen.
The Scotland coach left a number of the key men , deciding their health was very important to gamble with.
Skipper Stuart McInally, Fraser Brown, John Barclay, Greig Laidlaw, Finn Russell and Stuart Hogg were wrapped in cotton wool as they rushed out prior to departing for Japan on Monday for the Last time.
Jonny Gray started his clash since he returned from a hamstring strain.
But he didn’t reappear after the break and the expectation for the anxious Scotland loyal will be that the giant lock has been just ever scheduled to play with 40 minutes.
Townsend Sam Johnson and paired Duncan Taylor for the very first time in midfield and the centers showed glimpses they can form a productive mix, there was concern across the set-piece as the bunch toiled against the powerhouse visitors.
Since they let the ball slide in sight of their 16, both teams wasted openings.
But it was Lasha Malaghuradze who fell the Georgians after 17 minutes when he fired a long kick straight to the arms of Kinghorn in it.
As he drove in contact the Edinburgh full-back was immediately on the purchase, off-loading to Graham.
At this point there was no quitting the Scots since then, Johnson Cost, timed their support runs together with all the.
Tedo Abzhandadze trimmed the lead back with a penalty but Scotland had their tails up and broke after 26 minutes.
As they stormed into Georgian territory, Scott Cummings and adam Hastings led the way. Hastings went for broke as he cracked the ball out wide.
The winger did to stay in bounds since Soso Matiashvili flew in, attempting to push him outside, before lobbing a return into Kinghorn for an easy finish.
But Hastings’ failure meant another couple of Abzhandadze penalties saw it trimmed back to one the lead of Scotland was not as big as it could have been.
Both sides ended the half a person mild as Poite grew fed up with the inability of both packs to hold up the scrum.
In a fit of pique, he sin-binned equally Scotland tighthead his opposite number Mikheil Nariashvili along with Zander Fagerson.
Toolis took more than Gray while Magnus Bradbury was also given out a run off the seat as consolation for missing out on Townsend’s squad.
Scotland reapplied the strain and struck again after 50 minutes. The forward did the spade work before Johnson timed his run to perfection off Hastings’ shoulder as he gasped to the touchdown.
Toolis was assisted from the field after a collision with three Georgian forwards however, the Scotland players that were rest refused to relent. Graham made an expert finish farther down the lineup while the Horne brothers finished on with some of opportunistic scores after Taylor recovered some pace to the attack using a pass.