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Ansbro heartened by Scotland win

Joe Ansbro was encouraged after Scotland laboured to victory in their opening Rugby World Cup warm-up fixture, but acknowledged there was much work to be done prior to the tournament in New Zealand.

The London Irish centre was the match-winner on Saturday with a 76th-minute try - his first in seven internationals - as Scotland defeated Ireland 10-6 in the EMC Test at Murrayfield.

Ansbro said: "I was confident we'd score one at least. We're very optimistic and that shone through. Things didn't always go to plan, but we kept working hard."

He added: "It was the first game, so things weren't always going how we wanted, but I think we built enough momentum to score a try.

"They didn't look like scoring - that's a big positive - and we did.

"The tries are always there, it's always just one pass away and luckily the pass came my way.

"We've just got to make sure we take more chances.

"It is quite satisfying and it's encouraging more than anything.

"The win was paramount. I think we're all very pleased."


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