Gregor Townsend believes Scotland can recover in their Rugby World Cup heartache but says they have to learn from the errors that cost them from Japan.
Scotland crashed out in the pool stage for only the second time in World Cup background after having a 28-21 loss to the hosts in Yokohama.
It was a another painful conclusion into a campaign which got off to a dismal beginning with all the 27-3 thrashing from Ireland.
The Scots recovered from that huge dent to their assurance to nil both Samoa and Russia but their defence struggled to contain a rampant Brave Blossoms assault that for 45 minutes refused to relent with their ceaseless surges.
The hosts scored four attempts in that interval to kill Scotlands hopes of attaining the quarter-finals since they alternatively set up their own knockout conflict with South Africa at Tokyo on October 20.
Its back to the drawing board for Townsend along with his side following a miserable 2019.
However, the head trainer – whose side ended fifth in this seasons Six Nations – said:Theres a lot more within this group.
Experiences are what force you like a team and the way you respond to those experiences.
This was a unique situation we had been in tonight. We knew it was going to be a battle playing against Japan given our brief turnaround from the Russia game.
We had the team and we had the capacity at the start of that game to go on and win it from the necessary quantity of points.
That we did not is enormously disappointing. We need to learn from that. We dont get another turn in the World Cup for a few decades but weve got to improve because we get to next tournament which is the Six Nations in 3 months time
The build-up to the match was overshadowed by the danger of Typhoon Hagibis, with the battle at Yokohamas International Stadium only obtaining the green light eight hours before kick-off.
However, Townsend refused to work with that as an excuse for his sides defeat.
It seemed promising for Scotland if Finn Russell place them forward but Japan hit back with Kenki Fukuokas dual, plus scores from Kotaro Matsushima and Keita Inagaki.
Scotland refused to return without a struggle but second-half scores from forward WP Nel and Zander Fagerson werent enough.
The players acted very professionally, said Townsend. We always believed the game was going to proceed. Yesterdays instruction was endangered. We knew this week was going to be a challenge.
We are frustrated. We look at the sport from our viewpoint, were disappointed we did not win.
We started well and we didnt find the ball for the remaining first half.
We conceded two soft tries and we made too many errors. It made it tricky to get the result we were looking for.
The boys put in a tremendous change from the second half, but we didnt do enough in that 20 minutes to find the win.
Its a enormous blow not to get to the knockout stages, we arrived here with high aspirations.
Getting out of the pool stages was the first part of this. Weve worked incredibly hard during the past couple of months so we are all hugely disappointed
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