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Poor start upsets Gilchrist

29th June 2014 10:24

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Well beaten: Scotland

Scotland second-row Grant Gilchrist admitted his side were blown away by a superior force in the defeat to South Africa in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

Although going down 55-6, Gilchrist maintained that the experience would pay dividends for a Scottish side packed with youngsters in the future.

The tourists went into the game seeking to extend their run of victories in America, Canada and Argentina, but they were no match for the hosts, who ran in eight tries in a dominant display.

"It was a tough game. We had a poor start and that is not what we wanted against South Africa," said Gilchrist, who lamented his side's start.

"We knew it would be tough but we started slowly and that did not help our cause. As the half went on we got better but it is disappointing.

"We prepared all week to go flying into them and did not go out there fearing anyone, we came out as a young squad aiming to prove ourselves.

"There were a lot of guys given an opportunity to do out best. Every time we pull on the jersey we aim to do it proud. We are bitterly disappointed with the result but there were aspects out there with the young squad that we can be proud of."

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