Scotland: Gregor Townsend happy with ‘A’ team victory over Chile

Dylan Coetzee

Gregor Townsend was pleased with Scotland A’s dominant 45-5 victory over Chile in Santiago, claiming “a lot of positives” were taken from the game.

After a strong first half which saw Townsend’s men lead by 28-0, the Chileans showed more fight to score a try of their own.

“Positives”

Townsend commended Chile for their efforts whilst saying he was happy overall with what came of the fairly unique clash.

“We got a really tough workout,” said the head coach. “We had to fight in that second half to keep Chile out and they did eventually score a try.

“We’ve got some areas of our game we know we’ll have to work on more next week but there were a lot of positives. The way we played in the first half, the way some young players integrated into the team, and the way we took our opportunities was great to see. Our strong finish was also pleasing.

“Chile are a very good rugby team. They are physical and committed with some very good rugby players. They grew as the game went on so that’s a sign of a team that’s improving and learning what is working from them on the field.”

Wing Damien Hoyland, who returned to the squad for the first time in several years, showed his worth by scoring a hat-trick on the day.

“I thought he played really well,” Townsend said of the hat-trick hero. “He worked hard. He got on the ball a few times and he finished really well. It was a great finish to reach out and score his third try.”

Scotland turns their attention to their three-match Test Series against Argentina starting on July 2.

“It’s very important that we’ve had a game and a few training sessions since we arrived here and now we’ve got a week’s build-up to play our first Test against Argentina,” said Townsend.

“Not everyone who played today will play against Argentina but I’m so pleased for our young players to get that opportunity to come on a Scotland tour and train and play for their country and go back next season with their clubs with things they want to build on or improve on.”

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