Scotland Rugby: Johnson takes positives in defeat

Scotland boss Scott Johnson

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Scotland boss Scott Johnson has taken the positives despite his side losing 21-15 at the hands of Australia at Murrayfield on Saturday.

In recent months, Scotland have picked up the tag of ‘good losers’, something that Johnson admits he was growing tired of. Last weekend they were comfortably beaten at the hands of South Africa, but they showed their determination to bounce back against the Wallabies.

Two tries from Israel Folau and Chris Feauai-Sautia put Australia in charge, but Scotland could only produce five penalties in reply, with Greig Laidlaw converting them.

Despite the defeat, Johnson admitted he was keen to take the positives.

“I can’t quibble with the effort,” he said. “I thought the effort was first-class.

“We let ourselves down a little bit with our execution, but there’s much to like about what we did. There were a couple of young kids on there and they can only get better from here. We’re going to get the right people on the pitch, this side will get good character.

“Our kick chase was poor and they put us under pressure, quality opposition. But I’m really pleased with the effort. I’m sick of being good losers but there’s character in this team and I’m really impressed with what’s developing.

“What pleased me most is when they were under pressure they never succumbed. I’ve always said I want the right people in the room. They have to have the right character and make up and I saw that. But I have mixed emotions about today.”

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