Expectation to underachievement – How Scotland came up short in France

Scotland suffered a demoralising pool-stage exit from the World Cup after being unable to get the big win they needed against Ireland.

Here, the PA news agency looks back at how the tournament unfolded for Gregor Townsend’s side.

Hype and expectation

Scotland arrived at the tournament with high hopes (Adam Davy/PA)

False start against the Springboks

Scotland were shut out by South Africa (Mike Egerton/PA)

The long, idle fortnight

Ireland’s win over South Africa was damaging for Scotland (Bradley Collyer/PA)

Cherry bows out

Dave Cherry
Dave Cherry’s World Cup ended prematurely (Jane Barlow/PA)

McInally’s emotional roller-coaster

Stuart McInally
Stuart McInally was unable to get his 50th cap (Ian Rutherford/PA)

Back on track

Darcy Graham
Darcy Graham scored five World Cup tries (Adam Davy/PA)

Matthews’ big moment

Johnny Matthews
Johnny Matthews scored a debut try against Romania (Adam Davy/PA)

Outclassed by Ireland

Ireland proved too strong for Scotland on Saturday (Andrew Matthews/PA)

Killed in the group of death

Scotland left the tournament with their tails between their legs (Adam Davy/PA)

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