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Ireland 17-13 Scotland: Gregor Townsend ‘really proud’ despite ‘frustrating’ Six Nations campaign



Gregor Townsend insists he is “really proud” of his players, despite Scotland’s Six Nations campaign ending in a third defeat, as Ireland were crowned champions in Dublin.

Scotland trailed by just one point at half-time and defended bravely in the face of relentless Irish attack, particularly in the second half.

However, they were ultimately worn down, and lacked the necessary composure in attack to stage a comeback against an Irish side not at their clinical best.

It ends a championship of ‘what ifs’ for Townsend’s side, after a controversial defeat by France and a shock loss away to Italy in Rome, but Scotland’s head coach chose to see the positives.

“I feel really proud of the players,” he said. “All 23 – the effort they put in today in one of the toughest environments to play in.

“They fronted up in the first half, very physical, and at times created opportunities to pressure Ireland. We know we could have done better in the third quarter, but I’m so proud of the effort at the end.

“To score that try and then look like we might score another try, that’s all you can ask from your team. You could see the fitness of our players and the impact of our bench.”

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