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Townsend critical of Scotland

22nd September 2019, 17:27 by Dan McCarthy

Scotland coach Gregor Townsend has urged his side to get "much better" following their 27-3 loss to Ireland.

In their opening World Cup match in Pool A, Scotland were outfought by Joe Schmidt's men, who grabbed a bonus-point win.

Tries from Rory Best and James Ryan saw Ireland race into the lead, while Tadgh Furlong's grounding just before the break ended the game as a contest.

Andrew Conway secured the bonus point in the second half with Scotland's only points coming from Greig Laidlaw's boot.

Ahead of their next game against Samoa a week on Monday, Townsend says his players have to get better if they are to avoid exiting at the pool stage.

"That's what we're asking each other. The energy wasn't as high as it has to be to beat a team like Ireland. We just missed the start of that game which was very disappointing," he said.

"We need to win our next three games. We have to bounce back and be a lot better against Samoa and carry that on to Russia and especially Japan who started the tournament well.

"We have to play much, much better in our next three games if we are going to make it out of our pool."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Dan McCarthy is a reporter who is very knowledgeable about football at all levels, and a keen Leeds United fan. He also follows darts, snooker, motorsport, and rugby league.

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