Since then he has racked up 18 caps and toured with the Lions and ahead of Scotland welcoming France to Murrayfield on Saturday, Hogg believes he has become a far better player.
He said: "It's hard to believe that was two years ago already. My first start, scoring after eight minutes. It was amazing.
"As a kid you dream of playing for Scotland and to make that debut was pretty amazing. It was a good day in terms of scoring a try, but ultimately we didn't get the result we wanted - so hopefully we'll put that right.
"Maturing as a player is all about taking the chances when they're on offer. If you look at the next passage of play after my try two years ago, I think the next time I had the ball I ran into touch. I was going for another try there.
"It's all about being mature in the situation - not about scoring every time you get the ball. Your break might lead to somebody else scoring. My try was just a run in at the end of the day."