Belfast Telegraph

Friday 21 November 2014

Brown eyes Six Nations

Kelly Brown
Kelly Brown

Scotland are aiming to carry the momentum of five wins out of six Tests into next year's RBS 6 Nations, according to Kelly Brown.

Back row Brown made his 40th appearance for Scotland as Andy Robinson's side claimed a 19-16 win over Samoa in Saturday's third EMC Autumn Test at Pittodrie, with Ruaridh Jackson's last-gasp penalty the decisive moment.

With the February 5 Six Nations opener against France in Paris in his sights, the 28-year-old said: "We came into these autumn Tests high in confidence and to get two wins out of three is a fantastic achievement."

He added: "We've won five out of our last six games, so we have to take huge confidence from that, but saying that, we have to keep on working incredibly hard and hit the ground running in the Six Nations.

"There's a lot of hard work to be done between now and then but we go across there full of confidence and there's no reason why we can't put in a fantastic performance over there."

Scotland were tested to the full by Samoa and came from behind to take a half-time lead, with Aberdeen-born Ospreys wing Nikki Walker scoring the hosts' first try of the autumn internationals series. But Samoa stayed in touch and were heading for a deserved draw until Scotland were granted the opportunity to win after Iosefa Tekori was penalised at the breakdown.

Jackson stepped up and kicked his first points in international rugby in his second appearance off the replacements' bench to seal the win and Brown praised his former Glasgow Warriors team-mate.

The flanker said: "For a young guy to show that sort of guts in his home city, it was absolutely fantastic."

Winning at below their best is "a good sign" for Scotland, said Brown.

He added: "We can't take anything away from Samoa. They made it very, very tough for us on a tight pitch, but massive credit to the guys in grinding that win out. That just shows winning's a habit and it's a habit we've got ourselves into and we'll strive to keep that going."

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