The gloss may have been taken off Scotland’s victory over Argentina by the concession of late tries but the win was still manna from heaven for the men in dark blue.
Now all they have to do is to raise their game still further when they face the All Blacks at Murrayfield on Saturday evening. Certainly the chances gifted to Argentina simply cannot be allowed to happen against New Zealand, the world’s best side.
“On the whole it was a very good performance,” said try-scorer Tommy Seymour, “but the fact of the matter is that we allowed our opponents to get scores on the board late on and let them back in the game.
“We scored 40 points and showed real attacking intent, but the reality is that our opponents scored 30. If you look at it on the basis of that ten-point margin, it was still a very tight game and, if we had allowed those mistakes and little lapses of concentration early on in the game, that ten-point margin could have been reduced or even gone in the opposite direction.
“There are a couple of [scores] in there which we could chalk off as our own errors but, if we are consistent, and we are trying to be consistent in everything we do, consistent in our defence as much as we are in our attack, and don’t allow ourselves to make those mistakes, then we can move forward with a lot of positivity.
“But going against New Zealand we have to be a lot tighter.
“We have to go out on the park and be error-proof or as near to 100 per cent error-proof as we can get.
“If the All Blacks get a sniff they take it – they are so clinical. We can ill afford to give them opportunities to score tries and, if we do and we also make errors, then we’ll already be under pressure.
“We have got to be realistic about our opponents and go out with a concrete mindset to really compete and take it to them.
“They are on our home patch, they have come over here to play us, so we want to create chaos for them.
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“It’s not about trying to absorb their pressure, we want to create our own,” added Seymour.
“We want to play rugby and create a buzz against the best team in the world, really go toe-to-toe against the top nation.”
Seymour suggested that the concession of an Argentine try in the opening seconds might actually have done Scotland some good.
He said: “It was a funny one. It sounds odd to say it, but we almost had to take the positives out of their try, the fact that we had got on the front foot and put ourselves in a position to attack.
“We said: ‘Let’s rein it in a little bit, let’s just concentrate on what we’ve done and are still looking to do, there’s still plenty of time left, and we still have a gameplan that we want to execute.’
We managed to do that, to go out and eradicate that mistake, we just put it to the back of our minds and concentrated on playing rugby.”
The Gray brothers soon had the scoreboard ticking in Scotland’s favour.
“We had some great scores in the first half and I am absolutely delighted for Richie and Jonny,” Seymour added. “It’s incredibly special to play together as brothers and to get a try on the same day with pretty much carbon copies of each other’s score is fantastic.”
Seymour admitted his own interception try in the second half had been a bit of a gamble.
He said: “It’s one of those that you kind of risk it. They were chasing the game a little bit and were trying to play a lot more rugby, so I thought they would try to get us wide and try the missed pass, so I hedged my bets a little bit and went in looking for the ball.
“Luckily enough he [Juan Martin Hernandez] made the pass I thought he might make and I managed to stay on my feet and get over the line. I could have missed it and I would have got a serious chewing if they had gone in the other end.
“It worked but it’s not something I am going to risk all the time as it puts the team under pressure if you get it wrong.”
Seymour got it right yesterday. Now everyone in a Scotland jersey will need to get it correct all the time against New Zealand.
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