Robinson confident of Ireland success
Head coach Andy Robinson maintains a fierce belief his Scotland side can realise their potential and claim victory over Ireland in Dublin on Saturday.
Scotland have received numerous plaudits for their performances thus far in the RBS 6 Nations but are without a win after narrow defeats to England, Wales and France. Despite a run of five straight Test losses for the first time since 2004 and a record of two wins from 13 Six Nations matches in charge, Robinson's confidence remains.
"I focus on the next game and that's all you can do," said Robinson, whose side won 23-20 at Croke Park two years ago after four prior losses in the 2010 tournament.
He added: "I know that every single player has given 100% in the way they've performed and this week has been exactly the same. There's a great attitude, a great focus coming into the game and I have firm belief that if the team go out and play to their very best then we'll be in a position to win the game."
Prior to the tournament Robinson called for Scotland to shed their unlucky losers tag and deliver. He believes Scotland are on the verge of justifying his faith and called for his players to keep the tempo high throughout Saturday's match against an Ireland side which drew with France last Sunday and are set to play in a third Test in as many weeks.
"The errors that we've made have been individual errors," he said. "We've been punished for our lapses in concentration. The drop off in intensity in those moments. We've got to be able to keep our intensity levels up in attack and defence for the whole 80 minutes, understanding every play is an opportunity for both sides to score."
Robinson made one enforced change to his starting XV, Nick De Luca coming in at centre in place of Rory Lamont, who suffered a broken leg against France. Ireland made three enforced changes, talismanic captain Paul O'Connell, flanker Sean O'Brien and scrum-half Conor Murray replaced by Donnacha Ryan, Peter O'Mahony and Eoin Reddan.
The Scotland head coach is also optimistic 20-year-old fly-half or centre Steven Shingler will be permitted to represent Scotland, despite the International Rugby Board announcing the Swansea-born back is tied to Wales on Thursday.
The Scottish Rugby Union believed the London Irish player qualified through his Dumfries-born mother, but the Welsh Rugby Union contended Shingler was tied to them having played for their Under-20s side against France in 2011, despite having not signed a declaration to that effect.
Robinson said: "The ruling has been made but it will now go to the council. What we are pleased about is that the Under-20s cannot capture players in the future. It looks like one game has captured one player. Obviously because of that we feel we can proceed further in support of the player."