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Robinson takes aim at Hartley

Scotland head coach Andy Robinson has become the latest member of the opposition to attack England hooker Dylan Hartley in the build-up to a 2011 RBS 6 Nations clash.

After Warren Gatland took a verbal swipe at the Northampton hooker prior to England's opening Test with Wales, Robinson demanded referee Romain Poite carefully considers Hartley's actions in the scrum in this Sunday's Calcutta Cup contest at Twickenham.

Robinson said: "I think the England scrum is very good, but what's important for us is that the scrum doesn't stand up. What we don't want to happen is that these scrums get stood up and I believe there are times when Hartley does that, either to milk the penalty or to give the referee the impression that the defending side is going backwards."

He added: "I have no issue with our scrum. If we go backwards as we did against France I'm happy to deal with that."

Scotland's scrum crumbled in the loss to France in Paris and struggled again against Wales, while in the loss to Ireland last time out Allan Jacobsen was sin-binned for a perceived indiscretion at the set-piece, leaving Robinson seething.

The Scotland head coach added: "If England are stronger than us, collectively better than us when the scrum stays down, then we need to deal with that, but we've been working hard at staying square and taking the scrum to England."


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