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Scottish pack praised as Canada are crushed

 

By John McLeish

Captain Grant Gilchrist hailed the impact of Scotland's forwards that led them to a 48-10 win over Canada in Edmonton.

Six of the pack play together for Edinburgh and that cohesion was on display as the Scotland backline took time to settle but - despite the seven-try victory - there is still room for improvement for Gregor Townsend's troops.

"It helps with cohesion in that pack," Gilchrist said. "We mauled well from the get-go, we had them under pressure at scrum time, and that counts in these games, especially early on.

"It's a good way of getting into the game. As they tired, our maul grew. When we maybe weren't playing at our best, it was a way of scoring points and getting territory. It will be a weapon for us on this tour, but we'll be better across the board as well.

"We play what we see on the pitch. When the maul's going well we're not going to start throwing the ball around. We're going to go to what's working, what's getting us points.

"I thought the backs put some great plays together, especially late on, and they were getting us in good areas by forcing mistakes from Canada. Early in the second half the ball became greasy and that dictates the way you play."

Gilchrist was impressed with the four players who came off the bench, with second-rower Lewis Carmichael scoring on his debut and replacement hooker George Turner claiming a hat-trick of tries.

"I thought all the first caps did exceptionally well but it's a great feeling to score for Scotland and to play for Scotland, so I'm sure they'll cherish it," Gilchrist added.

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