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Danielli looks at the positives

Two-try hero Simon Danielli has called for Scotland to start where they left off in their next World Cup Pool B clash after escaping from a scare against Romania with a 34-24 bonus-point victory in Invercargill.

Danielli touched down after 75 and 78 minutes as Andy Robinson's side responded from falling 24-21 down with 12 minutes remaining in their opening game of the tournament, and Scotland have the opportunity to get the unconvincing performance out of their system quickly when they meet Georgia on Wednesday.

"As a team we're obviously not delighted with our performance, but in the last 10 minutes we were brilliant under the most pressure we could have been under, staring a potentially shock defeat in the face," he said. "There's lessons to be learned, but we got the bonus point and got the win and know we've got a tough task ahead of us in this next game."

He added: "Right now I think everyone wants to get back out again.

"We're under no illusions. Georgia will be licking their chops and will be dying to get into us.

"We're going to have to come back out and kick off where we left off in the last 10 minutes.

"We'll look at all the negatives, but I think we have to look at it positively as well."

Danielli, whose place in the 30-man squad was secured when Nikki Walker was ruled out injured, hopes to have done enough to retain his place in the team for the Georgia game.

He added: "The games being so close together, I'm sure Andy will change a few combinations.

"If I get an opportunity I'll try my best. But the whole World Cup's going to be a squad effort."


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