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USA falls to Scotland, 24-6 in international rugby friendly

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To the 20,001 fans at Houston’s BBVA Compass Stadium, they considered themselves at the center of the rugby universe as they were witness to Scotland downing the United States by the score of 24-6 on a humid Saturday, June 6, 2014 evening.

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Billed as an international friendly match, both teams took to the pitch and gave those fans in the stands a competitive and entertaining match.

The Scots has a hard time adjusting to the heat in Houston and that fact was discussed by team captain Greig Laidlaw in the post-game press conference

“That was tough, we’re not used to playing in heat like this. It was a dry night but the ball was slippy.”

Nonetheless, Scotland came to Houston to win and newly assigned head coach Vern Cotter also expressed his thoughts to the press after the match.

“I thought we showed good structure in the first part of the first half and gave ourselves the opportunity to score a couple of tries. Our scrum got the better of their scrum which enabled us to get a grip of the game and also gave us points as well, so that was pleasing. Very pleased to see the opportunities created. There’s a good basis to work from.”

The match was a tune-up for both teams, in preparation for next year’s Rugby World Cup to be held in England from September 18 to October 31, 2015.

Both Scotland and the United States are in Pool B, along with Japan, Samoa and South Africa, and will play on September 27, 2015 at Elland Road Stadium in Leeds.

USA head coach Mike Tolkin, commented in the post-game press conference about the game and the Americans’ play.

“I think the game tonight never really picked up any momentum, certainly not from our side but I think in general it was a very stop-start affair. First half of the game we were too aggressive where we shouldn’t have been and got stupid penalties early on. We weren’t aggressive where we needed to be, and that was around the fringes of the ruck and off the defensive line, and overall we didn’t do a good enough job holding on to the ball.”

The No. 18 ranked United States will next face No. 12 Japan in another international friendly on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at the StubHub Center in Carson California.

Scotland, which is ranked number 10 in the world, will travel to Toronto to take on No. 15 Canada on the same day.