Scotland vs Georgia
7:30pm Friday 6th September
Gregor Townsend was abandoned sweating on Ben Toolis’ fitness after a worrying head knock was endured by the lock over Georgia close to the conclusion of Scotland’s 36-9 win.
The Dark Blues trainer hoped to see that his group come at Murrayfield to their World Cup send-off unscathed.
However, Toolis’ condition will require after referee Romain Poite was made to stop play 15 minutes out of time with the Edinburgh from the ground assessing.
The 27-year-old was taken for concussion tests but did not return and currently faces an anxious wait to see whether he is going to be available for duty when the Scots kick-off their tournament on September 22 against Ireland.
Tries from his brother Peter, Blair Kinghorn, Sam Johnson, Darcy Graham, George Horne and Ali Price watched Scotland round using a third victory away their warm-up schedule.
However, Townsend will understand if they are to topple Joe Schmidt’s staff at a fortnight, his staff might have to collect on their display that is stuttering.
The Scotland coach left lots of the key men out, deciding their wellbeing was too important to bet with.
Skipper Stuart McInally, Fraser Brown, John Barclay, Greig Laidlaw, Finn Russell and Stuart Hogg were wrapped in cotton wool as they ran outside before leaving Japan on Monday to the Last time.
As he returned from a hamstring strain jonny Gray began his clash.
But he did not reappear after the rest and also the hope for the anxious Scotland loyal will be that the giant lock was only ever scheduled to play 40 minutes.
Townsend Sam Johnson and paired Duncan Taylor for the first time at midfield and also the centres showed glimpses that they can form an effective blend, there was once more concern round the visitors that are set-piece as the bunch.
Openings were wasted by both teams as they allow the ball slip in sight of their whitewash.
However, it had been Lasha Malaghuradze who dropped the Georgians inside after 17 minutes when he fired a long kick to Kinghorn’s arms.
The Edinburgh full-back was to club-mate Graham, off-loading on the charge as he drove into contact.
At this time there was no stopping the Scots since then, and Johnson Price, timed their support runs together with the scrum-half sprinting to the corner to the opening score, to perfection.
Tedo Abzhandadze trimmed the lead back but Scotland had their tails up and struck after 26 minutes.
Scott Cummings and adam Hastings led the way as they stormed into territory. With penalty advantage Hastings went as he chipped the ball out wide to Graham for broke.
The little winger did brilliantly to remain in boundaries since Soso Matiashvili flew , looking to push him outside, until lobbing a pass back to Kinghorn.
But Hastings’ failure to convert both of the attempts meant another few penalties that were Abzhandadze found it cut back to one and Scotland’s guide was not as large as it might have been.
Both sides finished the half of a man light as Poite grew fed up with both packs’ inability to hold the scrum up.
In a fit of pique, he sin-binned both Scotland tighthead Zander Fagerson and his number Mikheil Nariashvili.
Toolis took over from Gray while Magnus Bradbury was given out a run off the bench as consolation.
Scotland struck after 50 minutes and reapplied the pressure. The forwards did the use a set of drives until Johnson timed his run off Hastings’ shoulder as he gasped to the touchdown.
Toolis was assisted from the field after a collision using three forwards however, the Scotland players refused to relent. Graham made an expert finish farther down the line while the Horne brothers completed the rout late with a pair of opportunistic scores after Taylor injected some speed out wide into the attack using a pass.