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September 07, 2019

Scotland finish off RWC preparations with a win

Posted by Editor on September 7, 2019 10:47 AM | No comments | Print | E-mail author

Sam Johnson went over for a try
Scotland finished off preparations for the Rugby World Cup with a 36-9 win over Georgia at Murrayfield on Friday night.

It took time for the Scots to pull away from a stubborn Georgia side to earn their third win in four World Cup warm-up matches.

It was a one-point game at the break, with unconverted tries by Ali Price and Blair Kinghorn met by three Tedo Abzhandadze penalties.

But Sam Johnson darted over to edge the Scots clear, and tries by Darcy Graham, and the Horne brothers - George and Peter - sealed victory.

Head coach Gregor Townsend faces an anxious wait after five players were forced off in Scotland's final game before their opener in Japan against Ireland on 22 September.

Flanker Jamie Ritchie went to hospital with a facial injury, while back Blair Kinghorn and lock Ben Toolis suffered head knocks in the 36-9 win.

Forwards Jonny Gray and Blade Thomson suffered hamstring problems.

"We don't know yet," Townsend told BBC Scotland when asked about the extent of the injuries.

"We had two players with head injuries and they didn't come back on - they'll go through the normal concussion protocols.

"Jamie Ritchie's going for a scan. That's five players in a match so there will be quite a lot to look at over the next few days."