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Ford looks for win in Ireland

Captain Ross Ford believes a Scotland win in Saturday's RBS 6 Nations clash with Ireland in Dublin is necessary for the squad to retain belief that they are moving in the right direction.

Despite valiant performances against England, Wales and France and praise from numerous quarters, Scotland are without a win in the championship and have suffered five straight Test defeats for the first time since 2004.

"It's very important for us as a squad to see that the way we're trying to play bears fruit," Ford said. "We believe that is the case, that we are playing in the right way to win games, it's just about sustaining it for 80 minutes."

He added: "There's a lot of frustration in the squad with the way that the results have gone.

"We could've been sitting here two from three if we had sustained our performances for a full 80 minutes."

Head coach Andy Robinson has a record of two wins from 13 Six Nations games in charge and has side-stepped direct questions over his future.

Ford is adamant the players are as disappointed by their results as their fiercest critics and hopes Robinson, who is contracted until after the 2015 World Cup, will remain with Scotland beyond the tournament.

The Edinburgh hooker added: "We're frustrated as a team. We're putting in all this effort and through lapses of concentration and slight errors it's costing us.

"It's frustrating. Nobody's getting down about it, there's no point.

"You have to make sure you're upbeat and focus on the next game and you go into every training session with enthusiasm and looking to improve. Me personally and as a squad we believe Andy's the right man to take us forward."

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