Scotland enjoy winning start to World Cup warm-up programme

Scotland enjoy winning start to World Cup warm-up programme

Scotland secured a win over Italy in their first World Cup warm-up test, although it was not a convincing victory. Despite this, coach Gregor Townsend was pleased to have a win under their belt ahead of the tournament in France. The 25-13 win at Murrayfield marked the first of four internationals for Scotland before the World Cup begins in September. Their next matches will be against France, both at home and away, as they finalize their 33-man squad for the tournament.

Townsend emphasized the importance of getting the team out to play these big games in order to build cohesion and experience in high-pressure situations. He acknowledged the confidence of the French team, who are hosting the World Cup, and expressed his intention to field a strong team in the upcoming matches against them. Scotland’s first game in Pool B at the World Cup will be against holders South Africa on September 10th in Marseille.

In the match against Italy, Townsend chose to experiment and left out many of his regular players to assess the potential of fringe candidates. He acknowledged that while a win is important, it is equally crucial to identify areas for improvement. Townsend highlighted concerns about handling errors, particularly in the first and second phases of play, and emphasized the need to address these issues in the coming weeks.

The return of winger Darcy Graham, who scored two of Scotland’s three tries in the match against Italy, was seen as a positive development. Graham had previously missed the Six Nations championship due to a serious knee injury. Townsend praised Graham’s performance and expressed the desire to involve him more in the game, as he tends to produce positive outcomes when given the opportunity.

Overall, Scotland’s win over Italy provided a valuable learning experience and highlighted areas that need improvement. The team will focus on addressing handling errors and building cohesion as they prepare for the upcoming matches against France and the World Cup in September.

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