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Last Updated: Monday, 13 October, 2003, 18:53 GMT 19:53 UK
McGeechan demands better
Ian McGeechan in Australia
Ian McGeechan is looking for a better shape from his team
Scotland coach Ian McGeechan believes his side must improve "a couple of levels" if they are to avoid an embarrassing defeat by the USA in their next World Cup game.

His side struggled to overcome a lively Japan 32-11 on Sunday and McGeechan hopes the eight-day gap between matches can be used to good effect.

"It's the quality of ball that counts and that's where we were a bit weak," he said.

"We've obviously got things to work on and that's what we'll do."

The United States are the next opponents at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium on 18 October.

But the key for McGeechan and his charges now is to prove they have the game to succeed, not against the Eagles but against the impressive French and potent Fijians.

"We now have to go up a couple of levels," he said.

"We know the shape of the game that we want to produce, but we must get into shape to do it."

The bright spots for McGeechan's side was that they returned to their Sunshine Coast training ground with five points and no injuries.

The fact they were returning from their foray into the tropics with five points and no injuries to players did not disguise the need for some serious work on their Sunshine Coast training ground.

New Zealand, Australia and England have pressing, even debilitating, injury concerns, while France trained four players short on Monday evening.

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