Disappointing to lose by this scoreline to any team, ever, but people need to get some perspective. Realistically, this was always going to happen. Only about 5 or 6 of that 23 would have made the Scotland squad had all options been available. The biggest disgrace from this match was the suit that signed off the tour schedule. It was a silly match to play at the end of a logistically challenging tour. With the loss of our English and French based players, on top of injuries, we were literally running on empty. The farce of Ashe being given a first cap, and start, having only played half an hour of top level pro rugby with Glasgow really sums up the situation. I don't think anybody learnt much from that other than the fact that South Africa have much greater strength in depth than Scotland (as you would with their playing numbers and pro teams). »
Wonderful to see some good Scottish back play. With a heavily Glasgow-loaded Scotland squad with a lot of fresh faces, I have that tiny glint of optimism for Scotland this year - although I'm sure that will be quickly extinguished. Dare we hope for 1, 2 or maybe even 3 wins? To be honest, I'd settle for avoiding the spoon and not getting humped in any game.
It was like watching a drunk guy trying to get his key in the lock for 80 minutes. England offered nothing. They were there for the taking more than any other time I've ever seen. If Scotland had made any one of these final passes or cut out a few of the dozens of knock ons in the England 22, scotland would have put this game away without breaking a sweat... but they didn't. »