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Robinson focusing on basics

Scotland coach Andy Robinson hopes an emphasis on getting the basics right will launch his side's RBS 6 Nations in triumphant fashion.

The Scots face France in Paris a week on Sunday knowing there is little margin for error against the Grand Slam champions.

"My challenge is to make sure the way we set the team up is right and then that the players are at their best going into each game we play," said Robinson.

"The France game is the perfect challenge for that. Everybody's saying how unpredictable the French are, but we have huge respect for the way they play the game and the threats that they have.

"It's important when you haven't played together for a while that you get your fundamentals right. That's something we are focusing on, making sure our set-piece is very good and our defensive framework is set up.

"If we can do that I am confident we can perform. But if we're not at our best we'll get beat.

"Stade de France is a great place to play and whoever you play in your first game of the championship is going to be tough."

Robinson wants his team to prove that they are no longer the big under-achievers. The Scots have finished bottom or next-to-bottom in the last four campaigns and 1999 was their last title success - back in the days when it was still the Five Nations.

But they head to the French capital with wins in five of their last six internationals and now Robinson is seeking consistency.

"What our win against South Africa showed us is the level of performance we can get to," he said. "If you look through history Scotland have always been able to produce one-off performances. What we want is to be able to do it week after week."

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