Gregor Townsend urges Scotland to take positives from the South America tour

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend urged his players to hold on to the good feelings and progress made on their South American tour after it ended in one final disappointment.

Scotland were 15 points ahead with half an hour before the crucial test against Argentina and were still leading when the clock struck 80 minutes.

However, Edinburgh winger Emiliano Boffelli snatched victory from the loss for the Pumas as he crossed before stepping over the goal to seal a 34-31 home win.

While Test rugby was all about results, Townsend highlighted the positive results of their summer experience, with a number of younger players being given chances while Stuart Hogg, Finn Russell and Jamie Ritchie were absent.

“What we’ve created here, we have to make sure we store it in our minds,” Townsend said in a video on Scottish Rugby’s Twitter account.

“How we got to this stage as a group off the field, I’m so proud of them. They bonded, grew as a group and represented their country well off the pitch.

“And shown on the field that they really care about each other. The way they defended the try line in the second Test, the way they got their bodies on the line for 80 minutes (on Saturday). These are attributes that will lead to success in the future.

“We will have a different group in November, we will have injuries and other players who have not been on this tour will come back.

I think we will (better for the experience) and some of these players that have been on this tour have great futures ahead of them

Gregory Townsende

“We have to make sure we’re better for the experience.

“I think we will be and some of these players who have been on this tour have a great future ahead of them.”

Duhan van der Merwe and Ewan Ashman both scored try-doubles but Argentina fought back and received a lifeline when Scotland kicked a penalty towards the corner, with Jonny Gray being kept over the try-line with 10 minutes to go.

Townsend said: “If you look at the 75-minute performance, let’s call it being able to start well on defense, then build up some phases on offense, find our way to the try line, get four tries here with a new team , a young team, it was great to see how they pulled off this feat.

“We know Argentina are a great team and they play with a lot of physicality at home.

“But we want to win. Performances are what we will analyze and build on as coaches, but at the end of the day Test rugby is about winning and we didn’t find a way to win in the end when it was there for us.”

Townsend made his debuts for Glasgow full-back Ollie Smith and Edinburgh’s lock Glen Young.

“Ollie looked really comfortable as a full-back,” he said. “He was excellent on the tour and worked really hard in training. He’s got great attributes for his game, with his ability to hit players, a strong left foot and he’s shown that.

“Glen was very good when he came on – got the ball to the opponent, defended well.

“And a mention to Ewan Ashman too. A first start for his country and he hits the corner, what a try for us that gave us the lead and after that we kept playing until the last two or three minutes.” Gregor Townsend urges Scotland to take positives from the South America tour

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