Rugby Scotland ‘battered’ by Ireland despite ‘spot-on’ preparation – Stuart Hogg

Rugby Scotland ‘battered’ by Ireland despite ‘spot-on’ preparation – Stuart Hogg

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Stuart Hogg won his 70th Scotland cap in Yokohama but it was not a happy occasion for his Scotland side

Scotland were “battered” by Ireland in their Rugby World Cup opener despite “spot-on” preparations, says full-back Stuart Hogg.

Gregor Townsend’s team delivered a tame display in Sunday’s 27-3 Pool A hammering in Yokohama.

The inaccurate Scots were overpowered by an Ireland side that pounced on their errors and scored four tries.

“I’ve never been involved in a Scotland camp that the preparation has been as spot-on,” Hogg, 27, told BBC Scotland.

“Unfortunately we’ve just not stood up and we’ve been battered.”

Scotland found themselves three tries and 16 points down after just 25 minutes, with James Ryan, Rory Best and Tadhg Furlong all crossing, Greig Laidlaw’s penalty their only riposte. Much of Ireland’s attacking success stemmed from Scottish mistakes.

Andrew Conway killed the contest early in the second half after Ryan Wilson spilled a

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