Argentina is the game Scots will rue losing most
Do we, as Scots, have a national failing?
As I write this, Scotland can still qualify depending on the result on Sunday. Argentina play Georgia and Argentina need to win that or lose with a bonus point to qualify. Georgia can throw Scotland a lifeline.
The trouble is that Scotland played really well in the 16-12 defeat by England. I liked the way Dan Parks came on, ran straight, attracted defenders and caused England problems. England, for their sake, abandoned their previous game plan, panicked for the first half, and played a game so foreign they looked as though they would imitate France in the process.
I didn't understand the way England played.
Whatever, Scotland could be on the plane home and England are through as group winners.
I feel sick writing this as the game ends, such a sad, sad day for Scotland if this is our last performance in this tournament.
The scrum, though, did not hold up and England had the ascendancy.
The big problems for Scotland came before and during the game against Argentina. Mistakes were made in selection, with the dropping of the captain and a rash substitutions plan. Scotland should never have been in this position today.
The cold analysis will show that Scotland lost a game they were in a position to win - Argentina. And that's what will be the legacy.
This is also devastating in terms of losing tries late in the game. Scotland and the fitness men prided themselves on getting the players fit, but both Argentina and England scored tries late in the game.
In the end, it was glorious failure. England were the better team, especially in the second half, after losing their way. Scotland's try-scoring woes continue, managing to get out wide without making huge ground.
I'll write again tomorrow once I know the final analysis.
Great game, feel sick, blew it against Argentina, how do you feel?