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By Andy Burke
BBC Scotland at Japan
Scotland were”battered” by Ireland in their Rugby World Cup opener despite”spot-on” preparations, says full-back Stuart Hogg.
Gregor Townsend’s team delivered a tame display in Sunday’s 27-3 Pool A hammering in Yokohama.
The incorrect Scots were overpowered with an Ireland side that pounced in their errors and scored four tries.
“I have never been involved in a Scotland camp the preparation was spot-on,” Hogg, 27, told BBC Scotland.
“Unfortunately we’ve only not stood up and we have been ”
Scotland found themselves three attempts and 16 points down after only 25 minutes, with James Ryan, Rory Best and Tadhg Furlong the punishment their sole riposte of Greig Laidlaw, all crossing. Much of the attacking success of Ireland stemmed from errors.
Andrew Conway murdered in the second half once Ryan Wilson spilled Jack Carty and a ball clipped within a late penalty to finish a miserable afternoon for his guys and Townsend.
The defeat consigns Scotland to place in Pool A. They tackle Samoa before finishing the group phase with a showdown with host country Japan and confronting the Russians.
“We spoke a lot during the week about not beating and we coughed the ball up a few times and gave away silly penalties,” additional Hogg, who won his first 70th cap on Sunday.
“We’re on the receiving end of five-metre maul line-outs and if Ireland get rumbling, they’re very, very difficult to stop.
“We will know and be better for this particular adventure but at Test-match rugby you can’t manage to let chances slip and sadly that one’s just slipped past us.
“We have got the quality within the group to bounce back now. It’s all about reviewing this in a positive light and ensuring we learn from our mistakes.”
In Nice, France dealt Scotland a comparable beating At the very first of four World Cup warm-up matches, delivering a desperate performance.
Lock Grant Gilchrist confessed Sunday’s revealing bore hallmarks of that screen.
“We moved on from Nice and had three considerably greater performances and thought we were in a far better location,” he explained.
“To get certain facets of our sport which were comparable was bitterly disappointing but we can also look at that and the way we responded. We beat against France the week after then had two more positive results [wins over Georgia].
“We must do exactly the same as we did then. We take our medication we look at the way we could get better and we all have to be for the next few games.”
Former Scotland prop Peter Wright on BBC Radio Scotland
I’d be ashamed by that performance, When I had been a Scotland player. And I would steer clear of social media since there are on there that give it together with the criticism of the 24, internationals.
What matters now is how the players respond in the game against Samoa.
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