YOKOHAMA – Scotland boss Gregor Townsend was left scratching his head over his side's lack of energy and aggression during their 27-3 loss to Ireland in their World Cup opener in Yokohama on Sunday.
Scotland were poor throughout but particularly in the early stages, conceding three tries in the first 25 minutes as they failed to impose their gameplan on the world’s top-ranked side.
“There is disappointment obviously when you are part of a squad that is building up for the first game and you don’t play your best,” said Townsend, who won 82 caps for Scotland as a player.
“The players are very disappointed and we didn’t play as the best version of ourselves tonight.
“I have seen it in training and in games, but if you don’t do that against the best teams they will punish you.