It was the kind of game that most Scots will be happy to wipe from their memories, but that is not an option for Gregor Townsend. The former Lions fly-half, and now Scotland attack coach, has the unenviable task of trying to pick his players up off the floor, rebuild their confidence and convince them that they still have what it takes to beat South Africa at Murrayfield on Saturday. Townsend believes that it was the quick-fire nature of the All Blacks' opening assault that knocked the stuffing out of his side. Having conceded the first try to Hosea Gear in the ninth minute, they promptly coughed up possession and gifted the second to Dan Carter three minutes later. That double left them flailing on the ropes, their self-belief in ruins. "The attitude going into the game was great," said Townsend. "I don't think it was a lack of desire or attitude, but if you make mistakes against a team who play at such a pace, and who are so clinical, then they will punish you. "There was a feeling the heads went down after those two tries. Most of what we were talking about beforehand was starting well because if you don't start well against a team like the All Blacks then it is going to be very hard to bring that back. "After those two quick tries the heads went down but it was not like that at the beginning of the game. We took the game to them, the players were up for it, but two quick tries and the game was over." The Scots looked horribly rusty against the on-form New Zealanders, but Townsend pointed out that they had started their Six Nations campaign poorly against France last season but bounced back with an energised display – albeit one in which they snatched a gruesome defeat from the jaws of victory in the dying moments – against Wales the following weekend. Townsend said: "We believe we have a chance against any team with the players we have, and I know they will perform better at the weekend. But it is a very, very tough challenge that the South Africans will bring. They have brought back a traditional game, a power-based game, they have lots of pace and they are very fit. "They came back in the second half against Wales last weekend and we know it is going to be a huge challenge. But we also know we will get a reaction from our players. Last season we lost against France, played a bit of rugby but did not take our chances, but the following week we played really well in Wales. That is what we are looking for from our players this week." The Scotland team to play the Springboks will be named around lunchtime on Wednesday. Mike Blair, who took a head knock against the All Blacks, and Max Evans, who suffered a 'stinger' injury in the game's final moments, have not trained since last weekend, but all the other players who were involved against New Zealand are said to be fit and available for selection.