Scotland head coach Bryan Easson was left to rue missed opportunities as his side were knocked out of the Women’s Rugby World Cup following a 57-0 thrashing at the hands of hosts New Zealand.
New Zealand stormed to a dominant victory in front of their home crowd, with Scotland unable to get on the scoresheet, and they exit the tournament after defeats by Wales and Australia.
Despite an improved second half performance, it was a disappointing defeat for Scotland and Easson.
“We got caught cold a little bit, but second half we kept the ball so much better. It shows what they’re all about,” he told BBC Sport.
“We’re ready to kick on again and we want to be back on this stage. The two losing bonus points could have been two wins – that’s how close we are.”
It was a New Zealand side showing a number of changes as they prepare for the knockout stages, but seven tries were scored before the half-time break, with another two added in the second half. Renee Holmes and Renee Wickliffe both recorded braces for the Black Ferns.