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By Andy Burke
BBC Scotland at Japan
Scotland were”battered” from Ireland in their Rugby World Cup opener despite”spot-on” preparations, says full-back Stuart Hogg.
Gregor Townsend’s group delivered a display in Sunday’s 27-3 Pool A beating in Yokohama.
An Ireland side that scored four tries and pounced on their errors overpowered the Scots that were incorrect.
“I have never been involved in some Scotland camp the preparation has been spot-on,” Hogg, 27, told BBC Scotland.
“Unfortunately we’ve only not stood up and we have been battered.”
Scotland found themselves three tries and 16 points after just 25 minutes Rory Best and Tadhg Furlong constantly crossing over, the penalty their riposte of Greig Laidlaw. Much of Ireland success stemmed from errors.
Andrew Conway murdered the competition early in the second half once Ryan Wilson struck Jack Carty and a high ball clipped to finish a miserable day for Townsend along with his men.
The beat consigns Scotland to spot in Pool A. Samoa is tackled by them before following the Russians and concluding the team phase using a potentially crucial showdown with host nation Japan.
“We spoke a lot during the week about beating ourselves and we coughed up the ball several times and gave away silly penalties,” added Hogg, who won his 70th cap on Sunday.
“We were on the receiving end of five-metre maul line-outs and when Ireland get rumbling, they are very, very hard to stop.
“We’ll learn and be better for this experience but in Test-match rugby you can not manage to let opportunities slip and sadly that one’s only slipped beyond us.
“We have got the quality inside the group to bounce back now. It is about reviewing this in a positive light and ensuring we hear from our mistakes.”
In Nice, France dealt Scotland with a comparable beating At the very first of four World Cup warm-up matches, delivering a dire performance.
Lock Grant Gilchrist confessed the revealing of Sunday bore hallmarks of the awful display.
“We proceeded on from dull and had three much better performances and thought we had been in a far better location,” he said.
“To possess 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 the week after and then had two consequences [wins over Georgia].
“We must do precisely the same as we did then. We now take our medication , we look at how we could get better and we have to be for another three games.”
Former Scotland prop Peter Wright on BBC Radio Scotland
I would be embarrassed by that performance When I was a Scotland player. And I’d stay away from social media since there are on there giving it with all the criticism of the group internationals.
What matters is how many players respond in the game against Samoa.
Former Scotland captain Rory Lawson
This is a two-out-of-10 performance at best from Scotland. Substantial questions will be asked of Gregor Townsend.
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