Scotland skipper Chris Cusiter admits his side have learnt some painful lessons from their decision to keep the ball alive in the final play of their RBS 6 Nations match against Wales - a choice that saw them lose 31-24.
A kick to touch would have ended the game at 24-24 but by keeping the ball in play Wales were able to snatch a try in the most dramatic of circumstances through winger Shane Williams.
The Scots had two men in the sin bin at the time while their backline had been devastated by injuries to Thom Evans and Chris Paterson and scrum-half Cusiter conceded his side had been naive in trying to go for the win.
He said: “If we had that time again we'd put the ball dead or put it short and finish the game off.
“We were down to 13 men. Everyone was out on their feet. If we had that time again we'd put the ball dead or put it short and finish the game off.
“In the debrief we looked at the decisions that were made. We have to learn from that, and become better players and better leaders because of that.
“So we can certainly learn lessons from that. We plan to. We have to – if we're going to improve then we have to learn those lessons.
“But what really put the result into perspective was seeing Thom. There are things that are more important than a rugby game, important as it is to us.
“That was a really tough thing to see, and all of our thoughts immediately went to Thom and Chris for their recoveries.”
Cusiter and co now have to get their focus ready for their trip to Rome to face Italy in what could be a wooden spoon decider.
Both teams have lost their opening two games and Cuister is expecting Italy to come out all guns blazing.
“Nobody goes over to Rome and smashes Italy,” he said. “The All Blacks played against them in November in front of 80,000 – and although they won, and got themselves slightly away, they never smashed them as you might expect.
"They'll be massively fired up for it as they always are playing against Scotland. They target this game as a game they think they can win.
"Playing at home they're hugely proud. They have that Latin temperament and will be so determined to defend their home ground.”