Tuesday 11 December 2018

Scots upbeat despite big loss

SCOTLAND skipper Chris Paterson insists the 44-15 defeat by Australia at Murrayfield should not derail their steady progress under Frank Hadden.

The full-back admitted Scotland's heaviest home loss to the Wallabies was "massively disappointing" - but he repeatedly stressed the Scots were aware of the improvement needed to compete on the world stage.

Frank Hadden's men got the perfect start when Simon Webster crossed for an early try and, with five points from Chris Paterson's boot, Scotland claimed a 10-0 lead. But a brace of tries for Mark Gerrard and one each for Stephen Larkham, Stephen Moore and Chris Latham saw the Wallabies extend their 24-year winning run over Scotland.

Sean Lamont added another try for the home side but it was not enough to preserve Scotland's unbeaten record at Edinburgh this year.

"We know how strong they were and we know how hard they were to play against," said Paterson.

"If people have lost respect, well I hope that's not the case, but we have got massive respect for Australia."It shows where we have got to go if we seriously want to compete at the World Cup. We know where we are. We know what we have to get right in order to get better."

SCOTLAND - C Paterson (capt); S Lamont, M Di Rollo (P Godman 47), A Henderson, S Webster (H Southwell 8); D Parks, M Blair (R Lawson 70); G Kerr (A Jacobsen 47), D Hall (R Ford 56), E Murray; N Hines, S Murray (J Hamilton 67); S Taylor, K Brown (A Strokosch 67), D Callam.

AUSTRALIA - C Latham; M Gerrard, S Mortlock (capt), S Staniforth (M Rogers 75), L Tuqiri; S Larkham (J Valentine 75), M Giteau; B Robinson (A Baxter 75), S Moore, G Shepherdson; N Sharpe, A Campbell; R Elsom (M Chisholm 57), G Smith (P Waugh 59), D Lyons (T Polota-Nau 59).

REFEREE - D Courtney (Ireland).

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