Peter Wright was able to take some positives from Scotland's summer tour, despite the 55-6 hammering by South Africa at the weekend.
The former Scotland and Lions prop reiterated his opinion that taking on the Springboks with a shadow side was a "ridiculous" decision by the SRU.
"Even though we didn't play particularly well, we started to learn to win playing badly," said Wright.
"That is something we have criticised Scotland for when they couldn't buy a win at some stages. From somewhere they managed to find victories, which is good.
"Some of the young players did well, Grant Gilchrist came through well and giving him the captaincy was good.
"It gives you another leader but I don't know if he'll be captain, or even in the side come the autumn, because the one place we do have strength and depth is the second row.
"[Tommy] Seymour and Nick de Luca did pretty well against South Africa. The forwards as a whole, we probably showed we can compete, but if we don't pick the right combinations we will potentially struggle against the very physical teams.
"And that's where Scotland struggle, against the really physical sides, your South Africas, Englands - we find it hard to break these teams down and create try-scoring opportunities."
Vern Cotter's side took on the Springboks minus a number of regular starters due to the fixture being out-with the IRB window, meaning the team was made up of Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh players.
And Wright added: "It was undoubtedly a second, and some times third string set of Scottish players but it was still a bad defeat at the end of a very long, hard season.
"It just seemed it was a ridiculous fixture to take. The first three you're sort of tied in with the IRB, they put the schedule together for them, but this fourth match of the tour was very much organised by the SRU.
"To play it knowing they were not going to have eight, nine, 10 of their best players available because they're playing club rugby in France or England, it just seemed a really strange fixture to take on."