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Robinson lauds Scotland win

Head coach Andy Robinson praised the determination of his side as Scotland finished the RBS 6 Nations with a flourish and avoided the wooden spoon with a 21-8 victory over Italy at Murrayfield.

Nick De Luca scored Scotland's first try at Murrayfield since November 2009 and Nikki Walker added another in the same corner as the hosts crossed for two touchdowns in quick succession early in the second half, turning the game in their favour after Mirco Bergamasco's try left them trailing 8-6 at the interval.

"That's what we're here for, to win games of rugby - I thought we got our just rewards from our endeavour to move our game forward," said Robinson.

"I'm not going to hide away from the fact we were disappointed coming to the end of the championship not having won a game, as we did last year. It's something we've got to look at for the start of the next championship. I believe the players have given everything and it's about the small margins.

"We can't allow ourselves to come into the last game and get a win. We need to win earlier in the championship."

Scotland entered the tournament having won five out of six Tests but required victory to avoid a first wooden spoon since 2007, but Robinson denied they struggled with expectation.

"We haven't been good enough to win the games," he added.

Robinson's near two-year reign as head coach has featured wins over Australia and world champions South Africa in Edinburgh and away victories over Ireland and Argentina (twice).

But the narrow style which earned those triumphs has been abandoned and Scotland played with width and the ball through the hands in a deserved victory after previous unconvincing displays at home to Wales and Ireland.

He added: "I thought we started well again and you look at that first 20 minutes, we had two clear-cut opportunities to score tries. In that second half those opportunities we created resulted in scoring tries. I'm delighted with that and I'm delighted with the composure that's been shown by the squad and the attitude that's been there in every training session."

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