Scotland Rugby received a major blow after their crushing defeat to South Africa. It was a learning experience for the players who are trying to find their strong hold in the international arena. Scotland lost the game 55-6 to the South Africans even though a number of their stars were missing from the squad. They concede a number of tries and more importantly it was the way they went down in such situations which is to be scrutinized. Vern Cotter and his team had several reasons like jet lag, injuries and tough conditions to show as the cover up for the poor performance but they surely could have done better. The first try was some terrific power packed play by the unstoppable South Africans but the second try was fitting to infuriate the Scotland Rugby defense coach Matt Taylor. The positioning of Stuart Hogg and the role played by Henry Pyrgos as a sweeper seemed inappropriate to former Scotland scrum half, Mike Blair. Scotland’s attack lacked penetration and it almost seemed easy for the South Africans to snub their opponents. Rob Harley was easily the best player for the Scottish team.
Scotland Rugby players have been prone to numerous injuries over the past few years which clearly show a definite problem underlying the system. The back rower David Denton who has represented both Edinburgh and Scotland suffered an injury to his hamstring in the training camp. His omission has left the team dilapidated before the next season which will hopefully be better for the Scottish internationals. The fans are expecting some fireworks from the players in the next season. Ayshire shall be the new destination for the team where they will be facing up against Tonga. Mark Dodson, the chief executive of Scottish Rugby Union seemed very happy to introduce the new artificial ground with world class facilities.