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Defeat by USA gives Townsend and Scotland food for thought

United States 30 Scotland 29

By Alex Lowe

Gregor Townsend admits Scotland's surprise defeat to the USA has taught him more about his players and how they deal with adversity.

Scotland looked on course to make it two wins from two on their summer tour after building a 21-6 first-half lead in Houston.

However, the Eagles hit back superbly to down the Scots 30-29 and claim their first-ever victory over a tier one nation.

Townsend, who gave seven players their first Test starts as he made wholesale changes to the side that thrashed Canada 48-10, said the performance served as a lesson to him.

He also admitted they need to be "much better".

Townsend said: "We wanted to learn about players on this tour, we certainly wanted to give players opportunities to play.

"Maybe we could have had more off the bench and had more experienced players but sometimes you don't get the guys off the bench that early or get injuries elsewhere.

"We will know more about the players and how they handle adversity away from home against a team that were fired up.

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