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Parks risked wrath of Robinson

Scotland's match-winner Dan Parks felt the full wrath of head coach Andy Robinson in the middle of kicking all the points in the 15-6 World Cup Pool B win over Georgia in Invercargill.

Scotland followed up the 34-24 bonus-point victory over Romania by winning an attritional battle against Georgia at Rugby Park Stadium, with Parks kicking four penalties from seven attempts and a drop goal and Merab Kvirikashvili replying with two penalties.

With Scotland leading 9-3 as time expired at the end of the first half, Cardiff Blues fly-half Parks nearly undid all his good work. His poor attempted clearance to touch was blocked and Georgia forged forward, but Scotland stopped them and Parks was reprieved, saying afterwards: "It's one of those things that hasn't cost us, but it could've cost us."

He added: "Andy certainly wasn't happy, but he's all right now, because we won. I thought Georgia had done a knock-on, because the ball did go forward.

"I was just going to kick the ball out. I was a bit casual, the ball came off the side of my foot, hit Nathan (Hines) and panic set in. But as it turned out I got onto the ball and held it up, Sean (Lamont) helped me out. It was hairy, but it was all good at the end."

It certainly was as Scotland extended their winning run to five ahead of the September 25 clash with Argentina in Wellington before the October 1 bout with England in Auckland. Scotland travel to New Zealand's capital on Thursday where they will seek to maintain their record of progressing from the pool stage at every World Cup tournament.

Parks added: "We still have more to offer and we're looking forward to the big games coming up. We've done well in these two games, but we move forward and we're full of confidence."

The victory saw Rory Lawson extend his 100% record as captain and all but secured at least third place in the pool and qualification for the 2015 World Cup in England. The Gloucester scrum-half paid tribute to the forwards.

Lawson said: "They were outstanding. The front five and the pack in general were immense. It was great to see that. There's been a lot said in the last few days.

"After the Romania game, talking about the Georgians, a lot was made of their strengths. But we went out and our front five and pack put in an outstanding performance. They can really hold their heads high after that."


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