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Head coach Andy Robinson positive on Scotland draw

Scotland captain Chris Cusiter in action against England
Scotland once again failed to convert pressure into tries at Murrayfield

Andy Robinson hailed Scotland's draw with England as progress but was frustrated to see his side waste good opportunities to win at Murrayfield.

England retained the Calcutta Cup after a tense war of attrition ended all square at 15-15.

"We're learning and what you saw was an improvement from Italy," said head coach Robinson. "It will come.

"When we put England under pressure there were a couple of occasions when we chose the wrong options."

Scotland, who are without a victory going into their final match of the Six Nations in Ireland, were seeking a hat-trick of home wins against England.

Instead, they fought out a third successive game on home soil against the English without a try and the first draw in the fixture since 1989, when Robinson made his only appearance as an England player.

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Scotland dominated possession and territory, especially in the first half, but were let down again by their inability to turn pressure into touchdowns.

"You've got to work hard for your tries," added Robinson.

The result leaves Scotland facing the prospect of finishing with the wooden spoon, with a tough fixture to come in Dublin next Saturday.

However, Robinson was upbeat and said: "I'm really looking forward to Ireland. The players took another step forward this week.

"I thought we played positive rugby, I thought we moved England around and, credit to their defence, they held up well.

"I thought we created opportunities and I thought the way we tried to play with the counter-attack and some of the attacking plays we put on was very good.

"Unfortunately, again, we couldn't get over the line. But I'm really, really pleased with the way the team tried to play and played."

Referee Marius Jonker was extremely strict at the breakdown but failed to show one yellow card, much to Robinson's annoyance.

"At one stage we thought it was in his pocket and coming out but he put it back in again," he explained.

Scotland should have won - Robinson

There was also a succession of reset scrums, which added to the scrappy nature of the game.

"It would be nice for the scrums to be kept up from both sides," Robinson added. "It was pretty frustrating the amount of times we had to reset scrums.

"I guess the International Rugby Board will need to look at that again."

However, Robinson refuted suggestions the try-less game had been boring.

"I don't know about you but I was very entertained," he said. "If you'd have gone out there and played in that game, you'd have realised how physical that game was."

Robinson singled out his back row for special praise, adding: "I thought they had an immense game and Johnnie Beattie, Johnny Barclay and Kelly Brown were - as discussed on Friday - pretty up for this game."

Brown was forced from the field after a sickening clash of heads with Ugo Monye but Robinson played down the Glasgow flanker's injury as a "head knock".



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