Rugby World Cup 2011: Robinson demands Scotland victory

Rugby World Cup Pool B: Scotland v Romania

Venue:
Rugby Park Stadium, Invercargill
Date:
Saturday 10 September
Kick-off:
0200 BST/ 1300 NZ
Coverage:
Scores and reports on the BBC Sport website plus live text commentaries on selected games including all home nations matches; updates on BBC Radio 5 live; watch live on ITV1/ITV4; listen on TalkSport radio
Andy Robinson passes on his thoughts in Scotland training
Scotland get started on Saturday after a long preparation period

Victory is Scotland head coach Andy Robinson's solitary aim for Saturday's World Cup opener with Romania.

The expectation is Scotland will win comfortably, but Robinson is not underestimating Romeo Gontineac's side.

"The key aim for us is to win the game," he said. "The rest of it takes care of itself.

"They're going to be physical and for us, as always, it's about being able to control the scoreboard, but to also be able to think clearly under pressure."

Scotland's campaign begins in Invercargill against The Oaks, with Georgia following on Wednesday before Argentina on 25 September and England on 1 October.

Robinson's side have been preparing for the tournament for three months and will be looking to take the initiative on Saturday.

"It's a good Test match," added the former England and Edinburgh coach. "They're a young side with a little bit of experience there - a number of players who play in France for Perpignan.

"We're going to have to take them on, as always in any game.

"If we can get a go-forward, get quick ball, then you can put the defence under pressure.

"If you get slow ball it's a lot easier for the defence to pick you up.

"There's going to be some big pressure moments. We've got to be able to defend well, but also when we get opportunities take those opportunities.

"The guys are all looking forward to it. They've worked really hard, there's a great team spirit and now it's about delivering a performance."

Scotland are fielding arguably their first-choice forward pack, with captain Alastair Kellock joined in the second row by Richie Gray, a back row of Kelly Brown, John Barclay and Richie Vernon and an all-Edinburgh front row of Allan Jacobsen, Ross Ford and Geoff Cross.

The forwards will be key to forward momentum and scrum-half Mike Blair and Ruaridh Jackson will look to unleash the backs, with Robinson looking for the expansive game which has been developed to continue.

Robinson added: "We like to play with the ball in-hand, we like to move the ball around - contrary to what some people think about Scotland and they way Scotland play.

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"That's a key way we want to play the game, to move the ball.

"We've been working hard on the players to improve their skills - it's about delivering that in the game."

Scotland are seeking a fourth-straight victory after ending a disappointing Six Nations campaign with a win over Italy and World Cup warm-up successes over Ireland and the Azzurri.

"Winning breads confidence amongst a squad," continued Robinson. "It backs up the fact you're performing well.

"That's the key element for us - that we're here to win. We're competitive animals and that's what we're about."

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