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From Andy Burke
BBC Scotland at Japan
Scotland were”battered” by Ireland in their Rugby World Cup opener regardless of”spot-on” trainings, states full-back Stuart Hogg.
Gregor Townsend’s group delivered a display in Sunday’s 27-3 Pool A hammering in Yokohama.
An Ireland side that scored four tries and pounced on their errors overpowered the Scots.
“I have never been involved in some Scotland camp the groundwork has been spot-on,” Hogg, 27, told BBC Scotland.
“Unfortunately we have just not stood up and we’ve been battered.”
Scotland found themselves three tries along with 16 points down after just 25 minutes Rory Tadhg Furlong and Best constantly crossing over, the penalty their only riposte of Greig Laidlaw. Much of Ireland’s attacking success stemmed from Scottish mistakes.
Andrew Conway murdered the contest early in the second half after Ryan Wilson struck Jack Carty and a high ball clipped above a late penalty to complete a miserable afternoon for his men and Townsend.
The conquer consigns Scotland to bottom place in Pool A. They handle Samoa following Monday, before facing the Russians and concluding the team phase with a crucial showdown with host nation Japan.
“We spoke a lot throughout the week about not beating and we coughed up the ball several times and gave away silly penalties,” added Hogg, who won his first 70th cap on Sunday.
“We’re on the receiving end of five-metre maul line-outs and when Ireland get rumbling, they’re very, very tough to stop.
“We’ll find out and be better because of this particular experience but at Test-match rugby you can not manage to let chances slip and unfortunately that one’s just slipped past us.
“We’ve got the quality within the group to bounce back today. It is about reviewing this in a positive light and ensuring we know from our errors.”
At the first of four World Cup warm-up suits, France dealt Scotland with a beating at Nice, providing a desperate performance.
Lock Grant Gilchrist confessed Sunday’s showing bore hallmarks of that awful display.
“We proceeded on from dull and had three considerably superior performances and thought we had been in a much better place,” he said.
“To get specific aspects of our sport which were comparable was bitterly disappointing but we could also look at the way we reacted. France is beaten by us later and then had two consequences [wins over Georgia].
“We must do exactly the same as we did then. We take our medication we look at the way we can get better and we all have to be for another 3 games.”
Former Scotland prop Peter Wright on BBC Radio Scotland
I’d be embarrassed by that performance, When I was a Scotland player. And I would stay away from social websites because there are on there that give it laldy together with all the criticism of the 24, internationals.
What matters today is how many players react in the game against Samoa.
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