Robinson vows to attack in New Zealand
March 19, 2011
Nikki Walker celebrates his try for Scotland against Italy © Getty Images
Head coach Andy Robinson has praised Scotland's attacking endeavour in the Six Nations, but knows Georgia and Romania are "potential banana skins" in September's Rugby World Cup if his side under-perform.
Scotland completed their Six Nations campaign with a 21-8 win over Italy at Murrayfield on Saturday, earning a first victory of the tournament at the fifth and final attempt.
Scotland next play warm-up fixtures with Ireland on August 6 and Italy on August 20 before their opening World Cup clash with Romania in Invercargill on September 10. Georgia, Argentina and England follow in the group stages, with two teams progressing to the quarter-finals.
"We're going to go to New Zealand willing to play, as I think we've done in every game in this Championship," Robinson said. "We've gone out and really tried to play rugby by moving the ball and trying to attack from anywhere.
"I've been delighted about that. You saw that in France, you saw that at Twickenham. That's the development the team has made in this Championship."
Scotland lost to France (34-21), Wales (24-6), Ireland (21-18) and England (22-16) before finally securing a win. Scotland had a record of five wins in six Tests entering the Six Nations and were expected to perform well.
However, Robinson has always warned Scotland must be firing on all cylinders to win any game and he reiterated that when referring to the World Cup.
"There's a lot of hard work to be done," he said. "The first two games I think are going to be crucial for us, playing Romania and Georgia, and we've got to focus on those two games. I think they're potential banana skins for us, the way they play. They're pretty physical, they've got a good scrum and lineouts - playing a side like Italy is very similar.
"We've got to get through those first two games and then enjoy the fact we're playing Argentina, who we performed well against over in Argentina. We enjoy playing against them and we'll see what happens."
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