Daniel Hourcade: Argentina offer no excuses for Scotland defeat

Argentina head coach admits his side were 'very bad' in their 41-31 loss to Scotland at BT Murrayfield and need to improve mentality

Daniel Hourcade offered no excuses after watching his Argentina side concede five tries at BT Murrayfield as Scotland won 41-31.

Despite scoring the opening try in the second minute, the Los Pumas head coach questioned his players’ mentality in the first half.

They allowed the Scots back into the game five minuets later and shipped 14 points with winger Juan Imhoff in the sin bin for a shoulder block which halted a Scotland burst down the left by Tommy Seymour.

“We have no excuses,” Hourcade said. “We played very bad in attack and defence, especially in the first half.

“We were looking to bring an intensity to the game, but lacked patience and the right attitude.”

Before the match, Hourcade had warned that the side that imposed their style on the game would win, and he was right, but it was the hosts who imposed a forceful running game straight off the Glasgow Warriors training pitch as the backs enjoyed their first outing on the new £1.25 million Desso pitch, which is a fast-paced carpet compared to the worm-infested surface which cut up badly last season.

On the day that brothers Richie and Jonny Gray took to the field for the first time, it was fitting that both locks found their way over the tryline in the first half, while Warriors winger Sean Maitland was afforded too much space on the right wing to bag Scotland’s third try as they stormed into a 24-10 half-time lead.

The second half was a scrappy affair that saw Scotland forwards Rob Harley and Jim Hamilton sin-binned, while they also conceded a penalty try as Argentina continued to fight, and Hourcade was pleased with the improvement from the Pumas.

“In the second half we were inaccurate, but at least there was a different attitude and that’s what was missing in the first half,” he added.

“We have to improve the mentality. We need to overcome the fear we showed today, We only reacted once there was a significant difference [in the scoreline].

“Scotland had a simple but confident game, so the defeat was more a mental than technical issue.

“We have two very important and difficult games ahead [against Italy and France], and we need to improve to finish the tour well.”

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