Robinson clear on World Cup squad
August 20, 2011
Scotland winger Nikki Walker left the field with a knee injury © Getty Images
Scotland head coach Andy Robinson was pleased with an improved display in the 23-12 win over Italy which confirmed the 30 men he plans to take to the Rugby World Cup.
The Scots followed up the 10-6 win over Ireland a fortnight ago to claim a 100% record from their two warm-up fixtures, with tries from Alasdair Dickinson and Mike Blair supported by 13 points from the boot of Dan Parks.
Robinson will reveal his squad on Monday, with eight players set to miss the cut and Scotland wing Nikki Walker a doubt after picking up a knee injury today. Asked whether he knows his final 30, Robinson said: "Yes.
"I wanted to watch today's game to confirm everything. I'm pleased with what I saw today to confirm it. The final decision will be made in discussion with the coaches tonight and based on the injury report from Nikki Walker."
Walker, who came on as a substitute after 54 minutes, was taken off on a stretcher three minutes from time. Robinson added: "He's got damage to his knee and he's going for further scans. It's really disappointing for him that he's got the injury, but we are hopeful that it is not as bad as maybe first thought. Nikki's the only (injury) concern I have."
"The one thing I've been really pleased about is the way we've started games and the energy we've put into that first 20 minute," Robinson continued. "Today we started very well. In some respects we're having too much possession.
"But the work we've been doing and the movement involving the whole XV I've been pleased with. It's important we're able to build on the starts we're getting. Credit to Italy, though. I thought they scored a very good try (through Benvenuti) from that scrum."
Robinson believes Scotland are improving and must learn to finish chances.
"The team are frustrated that we weren't able to go on to win by 40 points with the opportunities we created," he said. "That's the mentality, the skill level, the decision-making we've got to be able to find.
"It's about how we are able to achieve that - let's not stop creating opportunities. We are working hard to create opportunities - it's now about really nailing them."
"We were able to find out something about ourselves and I thought we did better in the second half and certainly on our ball we kept our composure. We were able to win every single ball (on our put-in), so that in itself was pleasing."
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