The Celtic Cup game was won by the visitors, who triumphed 52 points to 28, giving them a lead in the two-game series.
Scotland coach Jamie Seery was pleased not just with his team, but with the way everyone who had contributed to the event performed.
“We are delighted with the overall event it was better than we could have ever hoped,” he said.
“During the game we had a patchy performance, however we played some of the best rugby we ever have, which is mainly down to the coaching going on at clubs, which means when the players come to the national squad it makes our job a lot easier.
“We had a poor start to the game which we think is down to us using the wrong tactics and we held off too long before changing this.
“However when we did it was a different game. We will now focus on preparing for the second leg in Blackpool next month.”