EDINBURGH, Nov 10 (Reuters) – Coach Gregor Townsend was delighted with Scotland’s largest factors tally in 11 years as they crushed Fiji 54-17 at Murrayfield on Saturday however warned his aspect must step up their efficiency for subsequent weekend’s go to of South Africa.
Scotland scored eight tries within the romp as they tore into the Fijian defence after halftime, with wing Tommy Seymour grabbing his first worldwide hat-trick.
“Clearly delighted, Fiji have been all the time going to be a tricky opponent and we noticed they might rating from wherever. We caught to our activity and acquired a grip of the sport,” Townsend instructed BBC Scotland.
“To stay to what we felt was going to work was pleasing and the gamers constructed all through the sport, both via our defensive efficiency, the place we stored them to zero factors within the second half, or via our set-piece, the place we mauled and scrummaged rather well, and in addition via our part play.”
Scotland’s forwards laid the platform for his or her success, particularly within the first half once they have been nearly camped on the Fiji line and compelled repeated infringements from the islanders that noticed them decreased to 13 gamers.
“We performed plenty of rugby on their line and acquired two yellow playing cards (for Fiji) and a strive disallowed that I can’t imagine was disallowed.
“We stored on with that detailed strategy across the set-piece which narrowed up the Fiji defence within the second half and allowed guys like Tommy Seymour and others to attain tries.”
Townsend will hope the end result breeds confidence in his aspect earlier than the conflict with the Springboks.
“South Africa are a greater workforce than Fiji, they play Rugby Championship, are within the high five-six on this planet and got here near doing the double over New Zealand,” he stated.
“They convey totally different threats, they’re taking part in a standard South African sport which could be very robust ball-carriers, large set-piece, glorious defence, and so they have gamers dotted round their workforce who can rating tries out of nothing, like we noticed once they took on New Zealand.
“We’ve to rise to that problem of taking part in probably the greatest groups on this planet however I imagine this squad can try this.
“They’ve proven within the final couple of seasons that when the problem will get greater, we get higher.” (Reporting By Nick Stated; modifying by Tony Lawrence)