Scotland can build on win - Andy Robinson

Scotland centre Joe Ansbro

Scotland head coach Andy Robinson was satisfied with a 10-6 win over Ireland but hopes to see his side improve all over the field.

The first of two World Cup warm-up matches was an untidy affair settled by a late Joe Ansbro try.

"There was good shape in our attack and we made a number of line breaks," he said. "Unfortunately, we didn't finish.

"I thought the scrum went particularly well, although there's a bit of work to be done on the line-out."

In what was a familiar story for home fans, Scotland dominated territory for long spells but failed to make their pressure pay until Ansbro's 78th-minute score.

A largely second-string Irish side sat in and defended with discipline, aided by some sloppy Scottish handling and poor decision-making at crucial times.

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Andy Robinson upbeat with Scotland progress

"Ireland didn't score a try and didn't really come close to scoring a try," Robinson told BBC Radio Scotland.

"I was delighted with that, but we still have defensive work to do, improving our line speed.

"It's a great opportunity for us to tweak a few things and take the game forward when we play Italy in a fortnight.

"If you want to break down good defences, you need to have quick ball, so that's an area we need to focus on."

Robinson was delighted to see Ansbro gather a Nick De Luca pass and race away to touch down after a well constructed break so late in the game.

"It was a great finish," he added. "I thought the whole move worked really well and Joe Ansbro took the try tremendously well."

The head coach revealed that experienced trio John Barclay, Nathan Hines and Kelly Brown will all start against Italy before praising man-of-the-match Geoff Cross.

"He's applying what he's good at," Robinson said of the tighthead prop. "He's a strong man and he's starting to use that strength in the scrum."

Meanwhile, Ansbro was revelling in his first try for Scotland.

"It's a great feeling," the London Irish centre enthused. "It was great vision from Nick and there was a lot of space in front of me.

"All of the guys really pulled in. Geoff Cross was everywhere and it just makes everyone's job in defence a lot easier.

"We can improve. We can get faster line speed. But the work-rate was immense.

"Initially, we were getting over the gain line quite well, but there was a little bit of rustiness and we didn't quite finish off some good opportunities.

"The next thing is taking those opportunities and making sure we are more clinical."

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