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Robinson praises courageous Scots

Andy Robinson and Chris Paterson
Robinson has won his first two matches in charge of Scotland

Thrilled Scotland coach Andy Robinson praised the bravery of his players after their dramatic 9-8 victory over Australia at jubilant Murrayfield.

Scotland defended doggedly and were handed victory when the Wallabies' Matt Giteau missed a last-minute conversion.

"I thought it was a tremendous performance, the most courageous from a team I have ever been involved in," said Robinson after the autumn Test.

"The guys knew what this was about. What an effort. Credit to all of them."

Having started his career in charge of the Scotland team with a win last Saturday match against Fiji, Robinson had called for greater effort from his players against the powerful Australian visitors.

And, after enthusing about the team spirit and work ethic shown by captain Chris Cusiter and his fellow Scots, Robinson said he felt something special could occur in the second period.

We've got a lot of work to do but credit to the guys, they really stuck in there

Scotland coach Andy Robinson

"At half-time I was very confident," said the coach. "At 6-3 I thought that this was going to be our day.

"We had a great drive and a drop goal from Mossy (Chris Paterson) and we started to get a bit of control, the effort levels were up.

"But you never kill off an Australian team and they came back at us. They deserved to score a try for the way that they played today, but luckily for us the kick didn't go through."

The thrilling win was Scotland's first over the Wallabies since 1982, but the former Bath and Edinburgh coach urged caution ahead of the next match, against Argentina on 28 November.

"We gave too many errors away and on another day we would have been really punished. We've got to be realistic about where we are," warned Robinson.

"We've got a lot of work to do but credit to the guys, they really stuck in there. It's vital that we do step up again (against Argentina)."

Australia captain Rocky Elsom paid tribute to Scotland and tried to lift the spirits of Giteau following his missed kick.

"The Scottish defense was very good," said Elsom. "It was probably the key to them getting on top in the match and the error rate was something that really hurt us.

"But if I was going to give a crucial kick to anyone, it would be Matt. He's our kicker and he's the best we've got."

Johnnie Beattie, the Glasgow Warriors number eight, summed up the feeling among the Scotland team.

"I'm just over the moon to get that victory, to be part of a group of players that comes through and gets that kind of win," he said.

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"There was so much heart shown, so much determination that goes into a defensive performance like that. It's a fantastic feeling."

Beattie said he was "devastated" when Australia scored their last-minute try, to move within a point of the Scots with the conversion to follow.

"But there was so much determination from the boys to charge him down and the crowd to put him off," he added.

"Defensively, it's a great feeling in the camp when you know you can nullify a team like Australia and hold them out. We kept them out of our defensive zone for so much of the game.

"In terms of attack, we really need to look at keeping hold of the ball longer and work on getting down the pitch.

"It's great to win but we still have heaps to work on and we need to take that through to Argentina."

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