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February 02, 2020

Scotland pay the penalty in Dublin

Posted by Editor on February 2, 2020 05:06 PM | No comments | Print | E-mail author

Adam Hastings kicked four penalties
Mistakes and ill-discipline cost Scotland dear as they went down to a 19-12 loss to Ireland in the Six Nations opener in Dublin.

Adam Hastings kicked all of the visitor's points but Johnny Sexton added four penalties to his own try and conversion to ensure a win for Andy Farrell is his first match as Ireland Head Coach, but Scotland enjoyed enough possession and territory to believe they could and should have taken the victory.

Discipline will be a big concern for Gregor Townsend with his side conceding 15 penalties, and the Scotland head coach admitted post-match that they must improve on that aspect of their game going forward.

He said: "We can't afford to give away soft penalties like we did because you're going to get punished at this level."

And despite another defeat on the road, the Scotland Head Coach was keen to take the positives from the performance.

"We were unlucky at points in the game," he continued post-match. "We have to be better and take our opportunities when we get them, but we put ourselves in several positions to win the match which is really encouraging going forward.

"I think we looked very dangerous when we had possession. We knew were in the game throughout and we stayed in the fight for the full 80 minutes even when things weren't going our way."

Townsend has vowed that his side will "come back stronger" next weekend as they return to Murrayfield for the first time since August and aim to defend the Calcutta Cup against England.