Rugby World Cup: Scotland ready for battle - Danielli

Simon Danielli crashes over for a try against Romania
Danielli was the hero for Scotland with two late tries against Romania

Scotland's try-hero hero Simon Danielli is predicting "a hell of a battle" against Georgia after a World Cup scare in the opener with Romania.

The winger scored two late touchdowns to give Scotland a 34-24 win.

The Scots meet Georgia on Wednesday and Danielli reckons their muscular opponents will fancy their chances.

"I think they will be pleased with what they saw," Danielli told BBC Scotland. "They'll be licking their chops and thinking they can get into us."

Scotland head coach Andy Robinson was happy with the opening period and the final flourish against Romania, but described the mid-section of the match as "very disappointing".

Scotland's pack, which was arguably at full strength, was pushed around too easily and support play, particularly around the breakdown, was often poor.

However, while Danielli acknowledged there is much to work on, he preferred to focus on the impressive finish.

"With 10 minutes to go, we were staring at a shock defeat but I thought the boys were brilliant under pretty much as high pressure as you can get," he added.

"[Captain] Al Kellock gave us a wee talking to under the sticks and from then on we played brilliantly.

"We played the best rugby we have played in a long time.

"That's positive. To be under such pressure and to still come away having not only won the game but achieving a bonus point as well."

Tries from Mike Blair and Joe Ansbro helped Robinson's side to a 15-3 lead after 21 minutes but with 12 minutes remaining the Romanians were on course for a first win over Scotland in 20 years.

"We started the game very well and then, for whatever reason, we took our foot off the gas in the middle section of the game and - credit to Romania - they strangled the game," said Danielli.

"Rugby is a simple game and Romania played to their strengths. They've got some big lumps and they tried to get as quick ball close to the breakdown as they could and get picking and going.

"They played to their strengths and we were starved of the ball.

"It took us a while to negate that and we eventually managed to shift them around and keep the ball within the backs."

Robinson is likely to make changes for Georgia, with the game coming so soon after a bruising contest.

"It's a short turnaround," explained Danielli. "We'll have a look at what happened today and then it's all focus on Georgia.

"It's just about getting bodies and minds fresh and going into that game with every confidence and giving it a really big shot."

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