Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

Robinson: Room for improvement

Andy Robinson

Scotland head coach Andy Robinson has told his team they must improve on their historic series triumph in Argentina when they host New Zealand next month.

Scotland won twice against the Pumas in June to record their first series victory in the southern hemisphere but they face the toughest of tasks when the All Blacks visit Murrayfield on November 13.

"We've got to build on the performances that we had in Argentina," said Robinson. "We've got to show improvements from there, certainly in attack, we have got to hold on to the ball for quite a bit of time and challenge the opposition's defence."

He added: "We defended well in Argentina but we've got to defend three or four times better when we come to play New Zealand because of the questions they are going to ask us."

Robinson has been planning for the match for months and will run through his tactics with his 34-man squad after they first gather on November 1.

But he warned there would be no room for under-performing players.

"We haven't had the squad together so we'll start our plans when they come together in St Andrews," he said.

"But what's key for us is that we have got to produce our 'A game' when we play against New Zealand.

"We have to be at our very best and we're looking forward to taking on the best team in the world."

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