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Robinson calls for consistency
Scottish follow up South Africa success with another win
Posted Nov 29, 2010 by Jeff Dawson
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Scotland rounded off their Autumn Test fixtures with a last-gasp victory over Samoa at a freezing Pittodrie in Aberdeen on Saturday – thanks to local hero Ruaridh Jackson.
Jackson kicked a last-minute penalty to earn the Scottish a second win in four Tests and this hard-fought triumph builds on the fantastic victory over reigning world champions, South Africa, last weekend.
The Samoans, a physical outfit scored the first try through Kahn Fotualii after quick thinking by George Pisi but Andy Robinson’s men responded strongly.
Dan Parks kicked superbly to keep Scotland in the ascendency and Nikki Walker wan in a try before Jackson slotted over his late winning kick.
The emphasis in the build-up to this match was one of determination and caution with head coach Robinson constantly urging his players to forget last week’s win and focus on building consistency.
Robinson has got the Scotland team playing superbly and he will be delighted to come away with the win from this match. The rugby they are playing is fantastic and now they are adding consistency to their performances they could be a good outside bet for the coming Six Nations.
The Scottish players have responded well to Robinson and he has already enjoyed wins over Australia – in last year’s Autumn Tests down under – and now South Africa, two of the best sides in world rugby.
His methods seem to be getting the best from his players and they could well be on their way to something special.
Expect them to cause an upset or two in the Six Nations and the World Cup next year and write them off at your peril. Scotland’s rugby is getting back to the standards of yesteryear.