Townsend proud of players' effort against New Zealand

Scotland came close to a famous win at BT Murrayfield this evening, but in the end went down 22-17 to a strong New Zealand side.Gregor Townsend was proud of the effort the players put in

Tries from Jonny Gray and Huw Jones gave Scotland hope and in the final minute Stuart Hogg came close to creating a try which would have levelled the scores with the conversion to come.

In the end New Zealand saw out the win, but Head Coach Gregor Townsend was really proud of the effort his players put in.

He said: "It was a situation we've not been in many times against New Zealand.

"The effort the players put in against the number one side in the world and a fully loaded New Zealand was great to see.

"The way they weren't disheartened with the opportunities we maybe didn't take and tries scored against us.

"We kept coming back which shows the belief in each other, their ability, fitness and also their courage."

Despite the loss Townsend believes the players will learn from the experience and be able to take a lot of positives away from the end-to-end encounter against the number one team in the world.

He added: "It would have been the perfect day but credit to New Zealand they got back and stopped that offload (from Stuart Hogg) at the last second.

"It wasn't to be today. I felt we did really well defensively and in attack in the first-half. In the second-half our attack was outstanding. The Huw Jones try is a world class try, with brilliant work by Stuart (Hogg) and Tommy (Seymour).

"To come back into the game is encouraging for the future. It's tough to take now, but I know the players will reflect on a really good effort and the supporters will be proud of their efforts."