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Saturday 16 December 2017

Evans urges Scots to up intensity at Croker

Max Evans insists Scotland have a duty to take the intensity and commitment they showed in their Calcutta Cup draw with England into Saturday's final Six Nations game in Ireland.

Almost every one of Evans' team-mates upped their game from the defeat to Italy two weeks ago in Saturday's 15-15 deadlock at Murrayfield.

Scotland have struggled to put together back-to-back performances in recent years, a trend which has continued since Andy Robinson took charge last summer.

But Evans, who looks set to continue on the wing this weekend, believes there are no excuses for failing to turn up for the last-ever Six Nations match at Croke Park.

"We can't just raise that level just to play England," he said.

"That's something now we've got to take into the Ireland game and come away with the win."

Despite a vastly improved display on Saturday, Scotland's age-old tryscoring problem refuses to go away.

They have now failed to cross the line in three of their four Six Nations matches, despite coming within inches against Italy and England.

Evans insists he and his team-mates know exactly where they have been going wrong.

"It's one extra pass to that guy who's in a bit more space," Evans said.

"Even if it's not a clean break, you're just going to get just that little bit extra further forward. Also not panicking when we get into the 22. Something slick and we're in for a try."

Scotland have less than a week to put that right and, while Evans admits there is no magic wand, he is confident of an improvement against the Triple Crown-chasing Irish.

He said: "I don't think it's going to happen in a week -- hopefully it does.

"But it will get better in a week."

Evans impressed on the wing having never started there at Test level.

He also enjoyed the experience, especially with it being his first Calcutta Cup match at Murrayfield.

Describing the noise made by Scotland's supporters as "insane", Evans said: "As a player, you're almost wanting the crowd just to be quiet that little bit because you can't hear anything, especially being out on the wing.

"It was just unbelievably loud. The anthem at the start and the anthem during the game -- I think there was a moment where it was going off and it was just unbelievable, a really special experience."

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