Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Autumn Rugby Internationals -

SCOT­LAND sur­vived a sec­ond­half fight­back to kick off their in­ter­na­tional sea­son with a win at Mur­ray­field.

The hosts looked to be cruis­ing to a com­fort­able win when 32-10 up early in the sec­ond half, but the tourists fought back gamely in a match that saw 11 tries.

In the end, two from Stu­art McI­nally, and one each for Stu­art Hogg (left), Huw Jones, Alex Dun­bar and Peter Horne proved enough to se­cure a win in Gre­gor Townsend’s first home game in charge. But there was an air of frus­tra­tion about the stadium in what was an un­con­vinc­ing per­for­mance ahead of Scot­land’s meet­ing with New Zealand next week.

Townsend said: “It is the first time this team has played to­gether. The op­po­si­tion are go­ing to force you into er­rors be­cause they are ex­cel­lent play­ers.

“We know on all as­pects of the game we have to be bet­ter to take on the best team in the world.

“We’ve won the game... we’ll move on.”

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