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Georgia's number 8 player Beka Gorgadze (4th R) vies for a ball with Scotland's number 8 Josh Strauss (3rd L) during the international rugby union Test match between Georgia and Scotland at The Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena in Tbilisi Image Credit: AFP

Tblisi, Georgia: Georgia’s first home match against a top-tier rugby team ended in a 44-10 loss to Scotland in a World Cup warm-up on Saturday.

Flyhalf Finn Russell played a starring role for the Scots in having a hand in all four of their tries in Tbilisi, scored by Ben Toolis, Rory Hutchinson, Darcy Graham and Scott Cummings.

It gave Scotland coach Gregor Townsend food for thought as he prepares to announce his 31-man World Cup squad on Tuesday. The Georgians are famed for the size of their pack but Scotland’s brains overcame Milton Haig’s side in front of nearly 53,000 spectators at the Dinamo Arena.