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Six Nations: Andy Robinson seeks more 'ruthless' Scots


Scotland lacked ruthlessness - Robinson

Scotland head coach Andy Robinson urged his side to be more ruthless following their opening 34-21 Six Nations defeat by France in Paris.

"I'm really pleased with the way the team went about trying to play but very frustrated as well," Robinson said.

"I've told them how disappointed I am that France have scored four tries when we had the ball. That's unacceptable.

"I'm delighted with the attitude but we have to be ruthless. It's key for us to improve that. We're here to win Tests."

An early score by Maxime Medard put the French ahead and a penalty try followed against the Scots before Imanol Harinordoquy and Damien Traille crossed the line for the hosts after the break.

"This is Test rugby and we've got to be a lot better with the ball in hand and not giving the turnovers away," Robinson told BBC Sport.

We've got to make sure we take big strides forward for next week

Scotland captain Alastair Kellock

"That was a very good French scrum. They got the benefit of the referee's decisions, they were beating us to the hit, so we've got to be better at the hit, but overall I'm pleased with the performance.

"The [penalty try was the] right decision, it had gone down a couple of times. That was a fair decision."

Scotland captain Alastair Kellock grabbed his first international try and Kelly Brown and Sean Lamont also registered for the visitors.

France display was outstanding - Kellock

Kellock praised the Scottish endeavour but echoed his coach's comments about retaining ball.

"[The try] was some consolation, but I'd rather score my first try when we win," said the Glasgow skipper.

"The effort was absolutely outstanding, but unfortunately you don't get any points for effort.

"They scored good tries, but you can't give the ball away, especially when France attack like that. They were extremely clinical.

"It's the first game of the championship. We've got to make sure we take big strides forward for next week."

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