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Scotland aim to build on good results for Six Nations

Scotland pair Dan Parks (left) and Rory Lamont
Dan Parks (left) and Rory Lamont will be big players for Scotland this year

Andy Robinson is demanding greater consistency from Scotland during the Six Nations.

"Last year, we felt we underperformed," said the head coach.

"Whilst we were pleased with how we played in patches in games, we didn't deliver results. We made mistakes and were punished.

"If you look through history, Scotland have always been able to produce one-off performances. What we want is to be able to do it week after week."

The Scots lost their first three games in the championship last season, Wales coming from 24-14 down five minutes from time to win, but avoided the wooden spoon by drawing with England and then beating Ireland in Dublin.

Since then, Robinson's side have won twice in Argentina and beaten South Africa and Samoa in the autumn internationals after a record defeat by to New Zealand.

Everybody's saying how unpredictable the French are, but we have huge respect for the way they play

Andy Robinson

"I think what the South Africa game showed for us is the level of performance we can get to," said Robinson.

"What we have been able to achieve since England is achieve performances plus results and that's what we are judged on.

"We have confidence and there's a very good team spirit. The guys are understanding their roles, but the New Zealand game was a good reminder for us of where we are."

Scotland open their campaign in Paris on 5 February and have not won in France since 1999.

"My challenge - and the rest of the management - is to make sure the way we set the team up is right and then that the players are at their best going into each game we play," Robinson continued.

"The France game is the perfect challenge for that. Everybody's saying how unpredictable the French are, but we have huge respect for the way they play the game and the threats that they have.

"It's important when you haven't played together for a while that you get your fundamentals right.

"That's something we are focusing on, making sure our set piece is very good and our defensive framework is set up.

"If we can do that, I am confident we can perform. But, if we're not at our best, we'll get beat.

"Stade de France is a great place to play and whoever you play in your first game of the championship is going to be tough."



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