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Andy Robinson demands greater Scotland consistency

Highlights - Scotland 19-16 Samoa

Scotland must become more consistent before they enter the Six Nations, according to head coach Andy Robinson.

A last-minute penalty kick against Samoa by Ruaridh Jackson clinched a win in Scotland's final autumn Test.

While Robinson was relieved at the 19-16 victory, he told BBC Scotland that improvements must be made.

He said: "We are up and down with the inconsistency of our play. When we play France we'll need to step up what we do individually and collectively."

Scotland have now won five out of their last six Tests, suggesting they have discovered the art of winning international rugby matches.

Nikki Walker's try at Pittodrie against the Samoans was the Scots' only one of the autumn Tests, which pitted the team against New Zealand and South Africa in earlier Murrayfield encounters.

Those games typify what concerns Robinson. The match against the All Blacks resulted in a record 49-3 defeat, yet the following week Scotland deservedly beat the world champion Springboks 21-17.

Robinson searches for Scotland consistency

The Scotland coach reflected on the exciting match against the South Sea Islanders, describing it as "a tough game".

He said: "We had to work hard throughout and the Samoans played really well. I've gone to every Samoan and said how unlucky they are to lose the game.

"But I am delighted that we were able to work out how to win. That's what we're here for, to win.

"I am happy but there is a lot of hard work that we have to do - it shows where we are as a team.

"There is a bit of inconsistency in our performance at the moment. We've got to get it right every time."

Robinson used all seven replacements in a tense encounter against the physical Samoans, and was pleased at the effect they had as the game reached its conclusion, especially Glasgow Warriors stand-off Jackson.

The coach said: "He came on and played really well. The impact of the replacements was top drawer.

Nikki Walker congratulates match-winner Ruaridh Jackson
Try-scorer Nikki Walker congratulates match-winner Ruaridh Jackson

"We needed some momentum. We did a lot of good work when the bench were on and Ruaridh was behind a lot of it.

"We weren't at the top of our game today and we were lucky in the end to get away with it."

Man-of-the-match Walker praised 22-year-old Aberdonian Jackson for having the nerve to convert the last-minute chance.

He told the BBC: "For a young lad it was pretty awesome for him to knock it over in his home town.

"He'll have a good night tonight."

He added: "We expected Samoa to come out all guns blazing and they did.

"To match Samoa in the physical aspect of the game was pretty pleasing.

"Hopefully we can carry on playing the way we are. To have two good wins, we'll take a lot of confidence into the Six Nations."

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see also
Scotland 19-16 Samoa
27 Nov 10 |  Scottish
Vernon named in Scotland line-up
24 Nov 10 |  Scottish
Samoa look to match Scots' fight
23 Nov 10 |  Scottish
Scotland aim to build on Boks win
21 Nov 10 |  Scottish
Scotland lose MacLeod to injury
21 Nov 10 |  Scottish
Robinson hails Scotland recovery
20 Nov 10 |  Scottish
Scotland 21-17 South Africa
20 Nov 10 |  Scottish
England 26-13 Samoa
20 Nov 10 |  Rugby Union
Scotland 3-49 New Zealand
13 Nov 10 |  Rugby Union

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