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Scotland progressing well - Morrison

Glasgow centre Graeme Morrison believes Scotland must consider Saturday's loss to Ireland as "an anomaly" as Andy Robinson's side seek a victory in Italy to avoid the ignominy of the RBS 6 Nations wooden spoon.

Scotland began preparations for the Stadio Olimpico encounter eager to forget the 32-14 loss to Ireland at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin with a win in the final game of the tournament for the third successive year.

Morrison said: "We've just got to believe. We're not a bad team overnight. Okay, we've not won a game but things have been progressing really well. The performances up until now have been really good so I think we'll just look at this one as a bit of an anomaly."

He added: "Some of the rugby we've played this tournament has been some of the best I've been involved with in a Scotland shirt, so we can't really dwell on this performance too much.

"It's a hiccup on our road to something. We've just got to move on."

Scotland showed signs of promise against England, Wales and France - albeit in defeat - but failed to score in the second half in Dublin.

Scotland will travel to Rome seeking to arrest a six-match winless run and earn Robinson a third Six Nations win in 15 attempts.

They are likely to be without wing Lee Jones, who was knocked out in the second half and spent Saturday night in hospital and was set to return to Edinburgh on Monday.

The 23-year-old Edinburgh back, who was winning his fourth cap, was taken off on a stretcher following a sickening clash of heads with opposite number Andrew Trimble, which resulted in a "severe concussion", Scotland team doctor James Robson said.

Four other players were set to require further medical attention - scrum-half Mike Blair (shoulder), centre Max Evans (dead leg), flanker John Barclay (ribs) and number eight David Denton (shin bruising) - with Robinson scheduled to name his team for Rome on Wednesday.

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