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Gregor Townsend on Scotland efficiency and ‘irritating’ TMO name


Gregor Townsend lamented Scotland’s incapability to put a glove on South Africa after a deflating 18-3 defeat of their World Cup opener in Marseille.

The Scots went into the match with real perception that they might get the higher of the world champions, however they struggled to get their much-vaunted assault going.

The Springboks led 6-3 on the break after which pulled away with tries from Pieter-Steph du Toit and Kurt-Lee Arendse within the the third quarter, and Townsend’s group had been unable to summon a response.

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It was the primary time since shedding to Eire on the 2019 World Cup that the Scots – famend for his or her efficiency – had scored as few as three factors.

“I’m actually disenchanted,” mentioned Townsend. “We had been sluggish to get going within the first half. There was a little bit of inaccuracy in our play, however then we constructed into the sport and I felt bodily we had been greater than up for the problem that South Africa deliver.

“We began to win penalties at scrum-time, which was an actual bonus. There have been alternatives however not many in our attacking recreation, however there have been a pair within the first half. We spoke at half-time about the necessity to construct on the best way we completed that second quarter.

“However we began with a little bit of inaccuracy after which South Africa dominated possession for a interval and placed on factors, and it then grew to become troublesome in these circumstances. The defence needed to play from deep and it grew to become dangerous, and we by no means had the accuracy to bother them on the scoreboard.”

Townsend was pissed off that the TMO didn’t intervene after Boks centre Jesse Kriel appeared to conflict head-on-head with Scotland back-rower Jack Dempsey within the first minute. Replays indicated it might have been a pink card.

“I noticed it from two screens away and it did appear like it was a head-on-head collision and I used to be anticipating the TMO to come back in to make the referee conscious of that,” mentioned Townsend.

“Who is aware of (if it might have been a game-changer)? There was a pink card (for England towards Argentina) on Saturday and it didn’t assist or change the sport a lot by way of Argentina’s favour so who is aware of?

“There are nonetheless inconsistencies in seeing this stuff so we’re clearly pissed off by that, however we’re extra pissed off by our personal efficiency.”

Scotland should now win all three of their remaining matches towards Tonga, Romania and Eire to have an opportunity of getting by way of to the knock-out part and Townsend admits they need to tighten up their recreation if they’re to do this.

“Accuracy in assault (wants to enhance) and in defence we’d be comparatively glad with the trouble which went in however I nonetheless assume there may be extra in us with that,” he mentioned.

“Our assault generally begins from our set-piece, profitable possession and what we did once we had that possession has obtained to enhance. We solely scored three factors and that’s uncommon for us.”

Stand-off Finn Russell acquired therapy after taking a bang to his midriff late within the first half, however he soldiered on for the rest of the match.

“It seemed like he was coming off initially,” mentioned Townsend. “He had a rib harm which appeared prefer it was going to cease him from persevering with, however he dug deep and fought actually onerous.

“I believed a few of his defensive work within the second half was excellent and it reveals how a lot he cares for his team-mates and enjoying for Scotland.”



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