Scotland boss Townsend insists he is to blame for defeat by Ireland

11 Février, 2019, 12:25 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Scotland's Megan Kennedy tackles Nicole Fowley during Ireland's win on Friday

Laidlaw hit back by converting a penalty kick a few minutes later for Scotland, but it wasn't enough to prevent Ireland claiming their first Six Nations victory of the year.

"We're disappointed. Handling errors cost us, but the referee doesn't seem to like us".

"We got a lot of our attacking game into play as well as really good decisions, really good work-rate off the ball, which meant we were finding space and the first half. If we're going to progress as a country we're going to have to start winning these games". "Ireland took their opportunities", he said.

"These are the situations you love to be in when you're on the back foot a little bit and have to come out fighting".

With Scotland back in the game at 10-12, the second half was delicately poised and both teams went into the dressing room still on optimistic of a win. We asked for a reaction and by and large we got that.

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In Italy, Wales - who beat France in their opening match - dominated possession but scored only two tries in a performance that is unlikely to have caused too many concerns for their next opponents England.

But Scotland, who have been revitalized nearly beyond recognition in recent years, had the world No. 2 side on the back foot for much of the first half, especially when their exciting backs got on the ball and unleashed their renowned passing game. 'I just felt that Romain was right there (looking at it), but he gave a knock-on against us when it clearly wasn't a knock-on. I threw a forward pass. "We'll need to be at our best if we are to win over there".

While most of his team-mates will remain in the capital to prepare to face Jacques Brunel's side and have next weekend off to recharge their batteries, Russell is heading back across the Channel to his club, with the possibility of being involved for Racing 92 against Toulouse next weekend.

Townsend was, however, impressed with the pressure his players applied on Six Nations champions Ireland, restricting the visitors' influence with the boot, usually such an important part of their play. In the couple of minutes leading up to the break, there was a period of play that saw Scotland go through 25 phases deep inside Irish territory without scoring a single point.

"We are relying on others, but when it comes to next week [in Italy a week on Sunday] and the final two rounds we don't have to rely on them for how we approach things and how we perform", Schmidt said. "I think my body will hold up alright".

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