Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 December 2014

Robinson finalises World Cup squad

Andy Robinson
Andy Robinson

Scotland head coach Andy Robinson was pleased with an improved display in the 23-12 win over Italy which confirmed the 30 men he plans to take to the Rugby World Cup.

The Scots followed up the 10-6 win over Ireland a fortnight ago to claim a 100% record from their two warm-up fixtures, with tries from Alasdair Dickinson and Mike Blair supported by 13 points from the boot of Dan Parks.

Asked whether he knows his final 30 for the tournament in New Zealand, to be named on Modnay, Robinson said: "Yes. I wanted to watch the game to confirm everything. I'm pleased with what I saw to confirm it. The final decision will be made in discussion with the coaches and based on the injury report from Nikki Walker."

Walker, who came on as a substitute after 54 minutes, was taken off on a stretcher three minutes from time.

Robinson added: "He's got damage to his knee and he's going for further scans. It's really disappointing for him that he's got the injury, but we are hopeful that it is not as bad as maybe first thought. Nikki's the only (injury) concern I have."

The win over Ireland was a ragged performance, with victory achieved through the one move of class as Joe Ansbro scored a late try. Saturday's display was marginally better, but still early-season fare, with two defensive lapses punished by Italy as Tommaso Benvenuti and Fabio Sementazo crossed for tries.

Robinson said: "The one thing I've been really pleased about is the way we've started games and the energy we've put into that first 20 minutes. We started very well. In some respects we're having too much possession.

"But the work we've been doing and the movement involving the whole XV I've been pleased with. It's important we're able to build on the starts we're getting. Credit to Italy, though. I thought they scored a very good try (through Benvenuti) from that scrum."

Robinson believes Scotland are improving and must learn to finish chances.

He added: "The team are frustrated that we weren't able to go on to win by 40 points with the opportunities we created. That's the mentality, the skill level, the decision-making we've got to be able to find. We are working hard to create opportunities - it's now about really nailing them."

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