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Warm-up suits Robinson

Scotland coach Andy Robinson is satisfied enough warm-up games have been arranged before the World Cup despite watching his side labour to a 10-6 victory over Ireland.

Centre Joe Ansbro rescued the afternoon after displaying his finishing skills to run in his debut Test try four minutes from time but otherwise Scotland, who fielded a strong team, struggled to despatch an experimental Ireland side after creating several opportunities.

Italy in a fortnight is the only other match preparation they have for the World Cup and Robinson said: "I still consider two games to be enough. Everyone will do their preparation differently."

He added: "For me it's about who you pick for these games that's important.

"What's key for us is that we are able to peak when we play Romania and Georgia in our pool and that's what our focus is.

"We want to have a starting XV ready to deliver in those games.

"I've taken the decision to play just two games. It means our training sessions in the lead-up to the second game will be a lot more full-on and livelier for a bit longer, but we're in control of that.

"I find when you're playing Tests that you're out of control with some of the hits that are going on, so I'm very happy with just having the two games."


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