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Ford calls for better set pieces

Ross Ford knows Scotland's set-piece play must improve dramatically if they are to avoid the RBS 6 Nations wooden spoon - but he may not get the chance to help them remedy it.

Ford's place in the side appeared under serious pressure after the opening three games of the championship, but Andy Robinson kept faith with the Edinburgh hooker for defeat to England. But with the set piece going awry too often at Twickenham, head coach Robinson may now decide to replace Ford with Scott Lawson for Saturday's clash against Italy.

Insisting captain and lock Alastair Kellock made all the right calls at lineout time on Sunday, Ford said: "The drill really let us down."

The scrum was also a major problem and Ford added: "Winning ball at set pieces was difficult for us and it led to us defending for large periods of the game.

"It's just one of those things we've got to keep working at."

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