Juan Martín Hernández: We took a step back against Scotland

Argentine centre left "angry and sad" as his 50th cap for los Pumas ended with a disappointing defeat in Edinburgh

Juan Martín Hernández admits that Argentina’s 41-31 defeat to Scotland was a backwards step after their maiden Rugby Championship win last month.

Any joy at leading out the two teams at BT Murrayfield as he earned his 50th cap was muted after a largely disappointing performance at BT Murrayfield.

“At first we played bad, there were many inaccuracies, and the first time we had control of the ball we kick it away with no chance of keeping it,” Hernández said.

“We rebounded and started to attack, not a flashy game, but an attitude to recover the situation.

“In this game we took a step back, but the attitude to come back lifts us a little.”

The Pumas went into the clash full of confidence after they defeated Australia in their last outing, but their European tour got off to the worst possible start despite their winning record in the Scottish capital.

“Scotland countered well,” he added. “They were at home, prepared well, and we got a lesson in that.

“We had a lot of handling errors and kicked away when we wanted to control possession. These mistakes didn’t let us have the control we wanted to impose our style of play.

Daniel Hourcade’s squad now head to Genoa to face Italy before an even tougher prospect in their final match against France in Paris, and Toulon centre Hernández feels that there is plenty of work to do.

“It was important that the team plays well and get wins, and we did not,” he said.

“I am angry and sad about what happened, but now we have to put that behind us and focus on what’s ahead.

“We have to fix these issues and prepare better for Italy.”

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