Gregor Townsend considers Scotland can recover in their Rugby World Cup heartache but says they need to learn from the errors that cost them from Japan.
Scotland crashed out at the pool point for just the second time in World Cup background after having a 28-21 loss to the hosts from Yokohama.
It was another painful conclusion into a campaign that got off to a dismal start with all the 27-3 thrashing from Ireland.
The Scots recovered from this massive dent to their confidence to nil both Samoa and Russia but their defence struggled to contain a rampant Brave Blossoms attack that for 45 minutes refused to relent with their perpetual strikes.
The hosts scored four tries in that period to kill off Scotlands hopes of reaching the quarter-finals since they alternatively set up their own knockout conflict with South Africa at Tokyo on October 20.
It is back to the drawing board for Townsend along with his side after a gloomy 2019.
However, the head coach – whose side finished fifth in this seasons Six Nations – stated:There is much more in this group.
Experiences are what cause you like a team and the way you react to those encounters.
It was a special situation we had been in tonight. We always knew it was going to be a struggle playing against Japan granted our brief turnaround from the Russia game.
We had the group and we had the ability at the start of this game to go on and win it from the essential amount of points.
We did not is hugely disappointing. We have to learn from that. We do not get another turn at the World Cup for 3 decades but we have got to improve as we get to next tournament thats the Six Nations in three months time
The build-up into the match was overshadowed by the danger of Typhoon Hagibis, together with the clash at Yokohamas International Stadium just getting the green light eight hours before kick-off.
But Townsend refused to work with that as an excuse for his sides defeat.
It looked promising for Scotland if Finn Russell place them ahead early but Japan hit with Kenki Fukuokas double, and scores from Kotaro Matsushima and Keita Inagaki.
Scotland refused to return without a fight but second-half scores from forward WP Nel and Zander Fagerson were not enough.
The players acted very professionally, said Townsend. We always believed the game was about to proceed. Yesterdays training was compromised. We knew this week was going to be a challenge.
We are frustrated. We look at the match from our viewpoint, were disappointed we did not win.
We started well and then we didnt see the ball for the rest of the first half.
We conceded two soft tries and we made a lot of mistakes. It made it challenging to get the end result we were searching for.
The boys put in a tremendous shift from the second half, but we didnt do enough at that 20 minutes to get the win.
it is a massive blow to not get to the knockout stages, we arrived here with high aspirations.
Getting out of the pool stages was the first portion of the. Weve worked incredibly hard over the last few months so we are all hugely disappointed.
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