Scotland “shot ourselves within the foot” as they conceded 22 second-half factors of their defeat by South Africa at Murrayfield, says captain Stuart Hogg.
Regardless of main 10-8 on the break, Scotland have been overpowered and misplaced 30-15 to the world champions.
Handre Pollard and Frans Steyn got here off the bench to benefit from sick self-discipline and kick 9 factors to shut out the sport.
“Primary elements of our sport allow us to down and it is price us,” Hogg stated.
“It sounds unfavourable, however that is what we should be the very best.
“We challenged ourselves to return out within the second half and benefit from it,” the Scotland captain – whose two tries took him degree with Ian Smith and Tony Stanger because the nation’s report scorers – advised Amazon Prime.
“Sadly we have been second finest at instances. We have virtually shot ourselves within the foot there, and it hurts.”
South Africa’s relentless defence pressured Scotland into freely giving 15 penalties – 5 on the scrum – on the direct price of 18 factors from the boots of Elton Jantjies, Pollard and Steyn.
They extracted 9 turnovers, together with three stolen line-outs as their strain on the breakdown and set-piece advised, a lot to the frustration of Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend.
“The defeat will stick for some time as a result of we did not put our greatest efficiency on the market and we felt our greatest efficiency would give us a win,” he stated. “So it’s going to damage for just a few days.
“I used to be so pleased with the best way the staff did come again in and get right into a place to kick on. Sadly, it wasn’t us who kicked on within the final quarter-hour and it was disappointing. It wasn’t who we’re or the place we’re as a staff.
Scotland shut their autumn marketing campaign in opposition to Japan at Murrayfield subsequent week, with Townsend including his staff shall be “extremely motivated” to avenge their World Cup defeat in 2019.
He additionally paid tribute to Hogg’s record-setting afternoon on his 87th Scotland look.
“I believe the primary one – turning into essentially the most capped full-back in world rugby historical past – is the primary achievement and is excellent,” Townsend added. “It exhibits what an incredible participant Stuart has been persistently.
“And to equal the try-scoring report… we’re all fairly assured he’ll break the report within the subsequent few video games or few years as a result of he has plenty of years left in him.
“He is been an excellent captain for us within the final two seasons and he confirmed his high quality once more at the moment.”