Thursday 30 March 2017

Threat of wooden spoon stoking Robinson's fire

Ben Rumsby and  Melanie Watson

Andy Robinson insists fighting fire with fire is Scotland's best chance of avoiding the wooden spoon in Saturday's final Six Nations match in Ireland. Robinson's side cannot afford to lose at Croke Park this weekend if they are to stand any chance of escaping the ignominy of landing Test rugby's most infamous booby prize.

"The way to win away from home is to go out and take the opposition on," the former England and Edinburgh head coach said. "If we sit back and watch Ireland play, they'll be pretty devastating. We've got to take the game to Ireland, as we did against Wales.

"We did very well against Wales in our approach to the game. We've got to take the game to Ireland and challenge them to defend -- more than the Irish are defending -- on the back foot."

He added: "If we weren't creating chances then we'd have major problems and we'd have to look at the way we're trying to play. We've got lots of improvements to be made but we're on the right journey."

Saturday's Calcutta Cup draw with England was the third successive match Scotland have dominated but failed to win since the Six Nations began. It was also the fifth time in seven games under Robinson that they have failed to score a try.

"For me, issues can be solved in a week," Robinson said.

"We need a little bit more patience, we need to be able to keep the shape and have players really working hard to run hard onto the ball."

Looking back at the England match, he added: "When we got close to the line, we got very narrow in the way that we played.

"Probably, our work rate wasn't as good as it could've been and our accuracy wasn't good, which is thinking clearly with the key decisions to make."

Irish Independent

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