The Scots talked themselves up. How they could overcome anything coming their way in a green jersey.
Ireland entered the tournament as the world's top-ranked team for the first time in history, but were also dogged by the spectre of their record 57-15 defeat by England at Twickenham just last month. But it didn't matter.
He said: "I've not been involved in a Scotland camp that's had this good a preparation".
"That's what we're asking each other".
"It would be bad luck for any player if he misses the World Cup".
Eddie Jones' side were left to rue a series of handling errors under the roof at the Sapporo Stadium and they only secured the vital bonus point for four tries with three minutes left on the clock, running out 35-3 winners.
On this performance, Ireland should win Pool A. The Irish have games to go against host Japan, Russia, and Samoa. "If you give them a 15 to 20 point start it's going to be very hard to come back".
"Obviously with the conditions in the second half it became a bit more of an arm-wrestle but we know how good a team they are and we're delighted with that win". Ireland was ready to counter.
Ireland overpower Scotland in emphatic Rugby World Cup win
Ireland led 19-3 at half-time.
Townsend was left sweating on the availability of flanker Hamish Watson, who was stretchered from the field with a knee injury. Ireland withdrew their premier playmaker right after the fourth try, clearly protecting the British and Irish Lions star for later in the tournament. That was after 13 minutes.
Ireland's second was a simpler forwards' effort with hooker Best following up another accurate throw near the Scottish line to mark his 121st test with a try.
Scotland's only points came from a rare attack it didn't mess up. Tighthead prop Tadhg Furlong muscled over, before Grieg Laidlaw nailed a penalty for Scotland's only points of the half.
"We feel the game we play can pressure the opposition when accurate".
And Hogg says Scotland must respond to the set-back.
Conway, playing for the injured Keith Earls, outjumped Scotland No. 8 Ryan Wilson for an up and under, and it was snagged by fullback Jordan Larmour, playing for the injured Rob Kearney.
Instead, Conway challenged for a high kick from the excellent Conor Murray and ultimately profited, with the wing found free on the right to dance inside one challenge and score.
Laidlaw kicked a penalty to put Scotland on the scoreboard, but Tadhg Furlong rumbled over minutes later to notch Ireland's third try and this time Sexton made his kick. The Irish were dominating nearly every category, missing only two tackles at the break. He was carried off and taken away for scans. "I felt we were far enough in front and close enough to that last quarter that we could get them off and get ready for a six-day turnaround".