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Last Updated: Saturday, 19 March, 2005, 20:36 GMT
Final flourish pleases Robinson
England captain Martin Corry celebrates with the Calcutta Cup
England captain Martin Corry celebrates with the Calcutta Cup
England coach Andy Robinson said he was delighted his side had ended a difficult Six Nations on a high by beating Scotland 43-22.

"As I've said all along there's been a tremendous team spirit and everyone's stuck together in the camp," he said.

"That was very important and the performance today showed that.

"We'll always be frustrated when we look back at the tournament. It may be a season of 'if onlys' but that is what sport is about."

England lost their first three games in the championship, which was won by Wales, and finally finished fourth.

The struggling world champions were heavily criticised for their stuttering early displays, but Robinson felt his team had shown real character.

"We've come through very strongly, we've learnt a lot of lessons and we've moved forward," he told BBC Sport.

We were a bit sloppy in areas but we are happy with the win
Hat-trick hero Jamie Noon

"I thought we played some very good rugby in patches in the early games and we've capped it off today."

England leaked three tries to the Scots, as many as they had conceded in the rest of the tournament, but Robinson was not overly concerned.

"It became a very fast game and we lost a couple of players very early on which put the forwards under a lot of pressure, and just with the speed of the game there were going to be holes if you turned the ball over," said Robinson.

"Fair play to Scotland, I thought they played some outstanding rugby."

England's star performer was Newcastle centre Jamie Noon, who scored a hat-trick.

"I knew we would get there eventually," said Noon.

"It has taken us a few games to get where we want to be. Now we've got to take it to the next level.

"We knew we would have to work hard and Scotland showed they are a good outfit.

"We were a bit sloppy in areas but we are happy with the win."

And the Newcastle centre admitted he was delighted with his treble, saying: "I never dreamed of it but it's the perfect end to a great day."

Interview: England coach Andy Robinson

Highlights: England 43-22 Scotland

Interview: England centre Jamie Noon

Interview: Scotland coach Matt Williams

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