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Lamont laments Scotland defending

Wing Sean Lamont admits Scotland need to be more physical when they take on Tonga in their final EMC Test after defeats by New Zealand and South Africa.

Scotland followed their 51-22 defeat by the All Blacks with a 21-10 loss at Murrayfield, where they failed to get going as an attacking force until Henry Pyrgos crossed for their only try in the 51st minute.

Lamont felt their tackling was too high and not strong enough as South Africa dominated territory in the first 50 minutes, and he said: "Frustration is the main thing. We are doing well in certain areas but we are just not getting the balance in defence."

He went on: "We are getting people in the right place to make the tackles but we are just not hitting them hard, dropping them down and knocking them over.

"South Africa got the momentum going forward and they are very good at that and are going to punish you for that.

"The physical side of things is something that should never have let us down, but unfortunately it has been the same the last two weeks.

"We should have been confident because the summer tour went so well.

"They are number one and two in the world for a reason but the scorelines should not have been quite so big. We should have been pushing them closer and working them harder."


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