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() Georgia 10-44 Scotland: Finn Russell masterclass helps visitors secure win in final World Cup warm-up clash Scotland ended World Cup preparations with 44-10 win over Georgia in Tbilisi Ben Toolis, Rory Hutchinson brace, Darcy Graham and Scott Cummings crossed Greig Laidlaw kicked 15 points as Finn Russell and Adam Hastings penalty each  Fly-half Russell gave strong showing ahead of Gregor Townsend naming squad

By Andy Newport, Press Association Sport

Published: 23:57 BST, 31 August 2019 | Updated: 23:57 BST, 31 August 2019

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Finn Russell stole the limelight as Scotland put on a show in their final World Cup audition with a 44-10 thrashing of Georgia in Tbilisi.

The Racing 92 stand-off pulled the strings for Gregor Townsend's men as his control and decision-making saw him have a hand in all four of the Dark Blues' tries.

Ben Toolis crossed over first inside a quarter of an hour before Northampton centre Rory Hutchinson boosted his chances of snatching a seat on the plane to Japan as he marked his first start with an impressive double.

Fly-half Finn Russell delivered a commanding display to help Scotland thrash Georgia

Fly-half Finn Russell delivered a commanding display to help Scotland thrash Georgia

Centre Rory Hutchinson scored two tries in the final World Cup warm-up for Scotland

Centre Rory Hutchinson scored two tries in the final World Cup warm-up for Scotland

MATCH FACTS 

GEORGIA: Matiashvili; Modebadze, Dzneladze, Kacharava, Todua; Abzhandadze, Lobzhanidze; Nariashvili, Mamukashvili, Gigashvili; Sutiashvili, Mikautadze; Giorgadze, Saghinadze, Gorgadze. 

REPLACEMENTS: Chkoidze, Asieshvili, Chilachava, Nemsadze, Lomidze, Aprasidze, Khmaladze, Mchedlidze.

TRIES: Asieshvili 

CON: Abzhandadze

PEN: Matiashvili 

SCOTLAND: Kinghorn; Graham, Hutchinson, Johnson, Maitland; Russell, Laidlaw; Dell, McInally (capt), Nel; Toolis, Gilchrist; Barclay, Watson, M Fagerson.

REPLACEMENTS: Stewart, Bhatti, Z Fagerson, Cummings, Strauss, Price, Hastings, Jones.

TRIES: Toolis, Hutchinson (2), Graham, Cummings

CONS: Laidlaw 3, Russell, Hastings 

PENS: Laidlaw 3 

Forward Karlen Asieshvili pulled one back for the Lelos but Darcy Graham and Scott Cummings completed a comfortable win as Townsend prepares to unveil his 31-man World Cup squad at Linlithgow Palace on Tuesday.

The Georgians are famed for the hulking size of their pack but Scotland's brains overcame the one-dimensional brawn of Milton Haig's side.

Russell is responsible for much of that cerebral might. Townsend saw no reason to take any risks with his health as replaced his talisman midway through

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