Ireland fell to a last gasp Scottish try in their first World Cup warm-up match in Edinburgh but manager Declan Kidney refused to read too much into the defeat.
Joe Ansbro’s late try sealed a shock comeback for the Scots who triumphed 10-6 in what was an intense but low scoring game.
The Irish, who led 3-0 at the break, returned just two penalties from the boot of Jonathon Sexton in a game more noteworthy for the return after injury of Rob Kearney, Tomas O’Leary and Jerry Flannery.
Ulster back Andrew Trimble also impressed as he strengthened his case for inclusion in coach Kidney’s World Cup squad for next month.
“We’re very disappointed to concede the late score that cost us the result. When you pull on a Test jersey the final score is what you looking for,” said Kidney.
“We play to win and we came off second best. We got things out of the game like match time for some players, but we lost the match. We’ll get better as these warm-up games go on. We’ve been here before.”
Kidney was particularly pleased to see Kearney come through his comeback match with no ill effects from the knee injury that had ruled him out since last November.
“Completing 80 minutes will have done his confidence a lot of good. He’s been motoring in training,” added Kidney.