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We didn't help ourselves - Robinson

Scotland coach Andy Robinson felt his side proved their own worst enemy as they placed themselves under undue pressure in the 13-6 defeat to Italy in Rome.

Scotland's lack of discipline cost them as Nick De Luca and Jim Hamilton both spent time in the sin-bin and it was during De Luca's absense that Giovanbattista Venditti scored the only try of the game.

"We've put ourselves under pressure. There's enough pressure coming from the opposition," Robinson said. "For example, the line-out today put pressure on ourselves."

He added: "With the amount of pressure that they had in that first half, for us to turn in a three-all - whilst we weren't happy with the way we were trying to play - was a massive statement in terms of the courage the players had shown on the pitch.

"But our break down of the line-out didn't allow us to put any pressure on them at all.

"If you don't apply the pressure on the opposition inside their third, then against a side like Italy you're going to come under immense pressure.

"Our inaccuracies enabled them to get field position and apply pressure. I still felt we were in the game at 10-6 and had opportunities.

"Unfortunately again when we got the territory the line-out broke down."

Captain Ross Ford summed up the mood in the team following losses to England, Wales, France, Ireland and now the Azzurri in a first whitewash in eight years.

The Edinburgh hooker said: "This is the worst feeling I've had in my Scotland career. It's not a good place to be in at the moment."


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