Thursday 21 September 2017

Townsend left disappointed after Scotland lose to Fiji to round off tour

Townsend: “We did not play as well as we have done on tour but credit to Fiji, they played some outstanding rugby.
Townsend: “We did not play as well as we have done on tour but credit to Fiji, they played some outstanding rugby." Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Nigel Whittaker

Scotland's mission to finish their summer tour unbeaten failed as they lost 27-22 to Fiji in Suva.

The Scots won the try count by three to two but their discipline was poor and they were ripped apart by the brilliant handling of Leone Nakarawa and five penalties from Ben Volavola.

Scotland applied more of the early pressure but their handling in the steady drizzle let them down until home lock Tevita Cavubati was sent to the sin bin for pulling his counterpart Jonny Gray down in the lineout.

A catalogue of errors from the Scots as they tried to run clear gave Fiji an attacking platform.

"We did not play as well as we have done on tour but credit to Fiji, they played some outstanding rugby, particularly in the second half and were tough to handle," Scotland coach Gregor Townsend said.

"We have to look after the ball in our attack; too many balls were lost in contact with the wet ball. I'm really disappointed."

Positives

Captain John Barclay argued the positives had outweighed the negatives.

"When we play well, we can beat some of the best teams in the world," he said.

"Last week we played one of the best teams in the world and came away with a win. The flipside is if we don't play well we make life very hard.

"We have to be at our best to win games and we have known that for a long time now."

Elsewhere, South Africa coasted to a comfortable 35-12 victory over France in Johannesburg to claim a 3-0 series success.

Jesse Kriel, Eben Etzebeth, Malcolm Marx and Rudy Paige scored tries for the Boks while Elton Jantjies kicked three conversions and three penalties.

Meanwhile, the Ireland women's Sevens team finished eighth at the Clermont 7s after losing 19-15 to Russia yesterday.

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