Gregor Townsend pleased with Scotland's win over Georgia

Gregor Townsend hailed positive impact from Finn Russell
Gregor Townsend hailed positive impact from Finn Russell

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend lavished praise on his side following their 48-7 win over Georgia at Murrayfield Stadium on Saturday.

Darcy Graham and Fraser Brown scored double while Hamish Watson, Stuart McInally, Duhan van der Merwe and Blair Kinghorn scored a try apiece as Scotland posted 48 points. Akaki Tabutsadze was the lone try-scorer for Georgia as they struggled to make an impact on the warm-up game leading to the Autumn Nations Cup.

“It was certainly a strong hit-out for our forwards. The ball was slippy and there were errors from both teams and we didn’t get a lot of fluency in our attack but the forward performance was excellent," he said.

“I was really pleased with the scrum and maul – maul attack and maul defence.”

The game also marked the return of Finn Russell following his exclusion in the first part of the tournament earlier this year due to an alleged late-night drinking session. Playing his 50th Test on Saturday, Russell looked impressive since coming off the bench in the 55th minute and Townsend believes he had a 'positive impact' on the game.

“He had a really positive impact on the game, as he has in training this week," added Townsend.

“He played well. I thought his passing was outstanding. He had two or three really quick passes and we were unlucky with one as we got held up over the line, but he opened up space in the defence and had a couple of good kicks too.”

Scotland are at fourth place in the Six Nations tournament and will face Wales in the final round of the tournament on 31st October at Parc y Scarlets Stadium.

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