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Robinson eyes double over Pumas

Scotland joint-captain Chris Cusiter
Cusiter is expected to overcome injury to play in Argentina

Head coach Andy Robinson wants to see his Scotland side improve their consistency and claim two wins from their summer tour of Argentina.

The Scots left for Buenos Aires on Friday for two Tests against the Pumas on 12 and 19 June.

"The aim is simply to win two games," Robinson told BBC Scotland.

"We played pretty well during the Six Nations and it's just about getting that consistency of performance over the two Tests in Argentina."

Scotland will also come up against Argentina again at next year's World Cup in New Zealand.

But the Scotland head coach says that will not come into his thoughts when the teams face off in Tucuman and then in Mar Del Plata over the next fortnight.

The World Cup will take care of itself. This is about Scotland performing well, and performing well in a really tough country

Andy Robinson

"I'm not concerned about the World Cup just yet," said Robinson, whose side will also meet England, Georgia and a play-off winner in their New Zealand pool games.

"I'm just concerned about us maintaining momentum from the Ireland match, when we won at Croke Park in our final Six Nations fixture in March.

"The match against Argentina in Tucuman is our next step, and it's about delivering a performance of the same quality that we showed in Dublin.

"The World Cup will take care of itself. This is about Scotland performing well, and performing well in a really tough country."

While this tour will have little bearing on Robinson's future plans, he feels the same cannot be said for the Pumas.

"Argentina have brought a full squad of players back for these Tests," he said.

"They're using this very much for their preparation for the World Cup.

"So it's going to be two great Test matches and they're going to be really tough.

"We've only won two matches from the last nine visits to Argentina."

Joint-captain Chris Cusiter travelled despite a persistent knee injury preventing him from playing in the 24-5 win over a Japan Select on Tuesday.

Likewise, flanker Alan McDonald, who missed the Murrayfield match with an abdominal problem, was also on the flight from Edinburgh Airport.

And Robinson was positive on both players' chances of proving their fitness.

"We have a number of injuries and players have had to pull out," said Robinson.

"Chris and Alan have not trained yet but we expect them to be fit to compete in the matches."


BBC Scotland will broadcast live coverage on TV, radio and online of Scotland's matches against the Pumas on 12 and 19 June.



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