Scotland picked up their second win from two matches after out-kicking a resilient Georgia side at Invercargill to collect a 15-6 victory.
The result, which places Scotland, at least provisionally, on top of Pool B – which also includes arch-rivals England and a strong Argentina outfit.
In a match which indicated well just where Scotland’s strengths and weaknesses remain, every one of 21 points was scored from the boot.
Scotland led at half time, despite having trailed to an early Merab Kvirikashvili penalty, when Dan Parks found his range to knock over two penalties, before following with a well struck drop goal, taking the score to a slightly flattering 9-3.
Scotland’s pack, though, were producing some great rugby against a heavy and well organised Georgian front five, and it was their performance which provided the great base from which Scotland, in heavy rain, were unable to build many attacking moves of note.
In the second period, a couple of breaks came to nothing, as Scotland added a further two penalties to Georgia’s one en route to collecting a workmanlike 15-6 victory.
Scotland, as they have for the past 2-3 seasons, were yet again organised defensively, while failing to impress with the ball in hand. Georgia looked very much like an emerging nation who is styled on the Scottish approach: a strong forward pack, with little in terms of flair behind it.
It remains to be seen just how resilient the Scots’ defence really is – when it comes under the sort of test that Argentina and England are likely to provide, the question is whether or not the boot of Parks and Paterson will be enough to see them into the top two places of this pool of teams.
Georgia 6-15 Scotland – Points Breakdown
|Kvirikashvili 2||Penalties||Parks 4|
Georgia 6-15 Scotland – Match Statistics
|0 (0)||Conversions (Missed)||0 (0)|
|4 (3)||Penalties (Missed)||2 (0)|
|1 (0)||Drop Goals (Missed)||0 (2)|
|4 / 0||Scrums (won/lost)||7 / 0|
|15 / 2||Line-outs (won/lost)||12 / 2|
|2||Turnovers won (at ruck and maul)||1|
|74 (6)||Tackles (Missed)||109 (16)|
|1||Clean line break||0|
|8’38”||Actual time in opponents 22||5’44”|
|13 (11/2/0)||Errors (handling/kicking/restart)||7 (5/2/0)|
|4||Possession kicked in play||1|