Relief for Robinson and Scotland
November 27, 2010
Ruaridh Jackson's late penalty saw Scotland claim a dramatic win over Samoa on Saturday © Getty Images
Scotland head coach Andy Robinson was quick to express his relief after his side's last-gasp 19-16 victory over Samoa at Pittodrie on Saturday but felt that his side had deserved to win the game.
The visitors looked poised to claim a famous draw against the Scots, who went into the game on the back of a stirring victory over South Africa. However, Ruaridh Jackson landed a penalty in the dying seconds to nick it for the hosts.
"It was a tight match but I'm delighted we understood how to win the game," he said. "I thought the defence in the last 10 minutes was exemplary. Today highlighted that we've got to be at our very best and we probably weren't at our very best as a collective.
"A lot of people will be frustrated with this, but it was a hard Test match, a physical Test match against a good side."
The Scots will now go into their Six Nations campaign with real momentum on the back of their summer series success in Argentina and their autumnal wins over the Springboks and the Samoans.
"As we saw after Ireland, winning the last game of a series is great," Robinson said. "We won that and winning in Argentina, the back-to-back matches, it gives you a good feel and a good lift.
"Coming away having drawn or lost the game, you'd be pretty down as a group because you want the next week to put it right. The great thing for us is we won the game and now we can go away with real confidence, understanding that we have to improve and there's a lot for us to improve.
"What I'm delighted about is we're all on the same message, we all want to get better and guys are going away thinking we can achieve that."
Meanwhile, captain Rory Lawson was full of praise for Glasgow Warriors' 22-year-old fly-half Jackson for his game-winning heroics.
"He's the king of Aberdeen tonight," the Scotland No.9 said. "That's the sort of thing dreams are made of. I take my hat off to Jacko having the composure to knock it through."
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