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Last Updated: Saturday, 8 November, 2003, 18:25 GMT
Bulloch: We restored pride

By Gordon Bulloch
Scotland international

We are disappointed to be going home and we are not pleased with our showing in the tournament as a whole, but we put in a performance against the Australians that proves there is still life in Scottish rugby.

We played at a much higher level against Australia than we have previously in the tournament and certainly brought our best to the match in Brisbane.

But I don't think we got the rub of the green, or our fair share of refereeing decisions during the 33-16 defeat.

Kenny Logan could have had a try in the first half if the referee had played advantage and that would have been a big boost for us to have gone to the break ahead.

If we had got that try, it might have been a different story in the second half.

Kenny Logan is consoled by Nathan Hines
Kenny Logan (left) was in tears as his Scotland career ended
There was also a lot of crossing going on by the Australians and that rule has to be clarified.

They seem to get away with it in the Southern Hemisphere as referees down here just seem to let it go.

But, at this World Cup, it is becoming a bit of a problem.

Admittedly, it is hard for referees. Steve Walsh made a couple of dodgy decisions early on when we turned a couple of scrums, but he had 45,000 Australians on his back.

That doesn't alter the fact that we are going home and will be disappointed with what we have done overall.

We have taken a lot of criticism here, but we rose to the occasion of a World Cup quarter-final to show that we can live with the best on our day.

We have to show greater consistency and more belief
Scotland hooker Gordon Bulloch
Scotland can now look forward to an exciting time.

There is a new coach coming in and there will be a number of new faces.

Some have suggested that we will find it difficult to replace the likes of Kenny and Bryan Redpath, great players who intend retiring from the international scene.

People might not think that there is quality waiting in the wings, but there are always players coming through.

Chris Paterson has shown he is class fly half, while we have the likes of Mike Blair and Simon Danielli who have already shown their worth.

Personally, I am only 28 and I think I have a long way to go in my career and want to be part of the new regime.

The next World Cup is a long time away, but my body has held up relatively well so far.

Gordon Bulloch ponders defeat to Australia
Gordon Bulloch is determined to be part of the new regime
If I am still around playing rugby, I would certainly like to be involved in the next one as it has been a great experience.

We head home from this World Cup having restored our pride.

Now we have to take that improvement into the forthcoming Six Nations competition.

We have to show greater consistency and more belief in our own abilities.

I think we have shown that, if we can get that consistency and belief, we can put a good side on the park that can live at the top level.





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