Never mind he made 27 in a heroic rearguard that halted a rampant Irish fightback. Nor the fact he was the totem of Scotland’s first opening-day Six Nations win in more than a decade.
No. The giant lock, who did not miss one tackle in the autumn series and made 43, and missed only one of 143 in his previous two Six Nations campaigns, was only thinking of how he, and Scotland, can get better.
“The experiences we’ve had before, there’s been a lot of pain in the Scotland shirt. It’s how you learn from that. We’ve still got a lot to grow,” he said.
“We talk a lot about not making the same mistakes. In life and in rugby when you make mistakes it’s important to learn from them. Personally and as a team we’ve got a lot of improvements to make.
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Scotland won their first Six Nations opening game in more than a decade
“The belief is there. We want to do the jersey proud and you do that by making yourself better.
“That’s just the first game. We’ll enjoy this and have an extra day’s recovery and then back on it for France.”
Stuart Hogg’s brace and a third score from Alex Dunbar ensured the Scots prevailed, with Greig Laidlaw landing two decisive late penalties.
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt admitted an under-cooked first-half showing cost Ireland any chance of victory and flanker Sean O’Brien insists the squad are determined not to let their anger slip any time soon.
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“We have to make sure our frustration ensures we don’t repeat the slow start,” said O’Brien, predicting a fierce reaction in Saturday’s clash with Italy in Rome.
“I’m sure that will be the case because we’ll be well reminded of it on Monday when we review this game.
“The championship is still on for us, of course it is, and that’s the mindset and what we have to be going after.
“We need to be a little more urgent in attack. It was a little bit lethargic on both sides of the ball in that first 20 minutes. That’s what let us down.”