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Wednesday 13 December 2017

If we take our chances, we'll win -- Robinson

Scotland head coach Andy Robinson believes his side are ready to realise their potential and start the Six Nations with a bang in today's opening match with England.

Scotland and England last met in Auckland in October, with Robinson's team eliminated from the World Cup as a result of a last-gasp 16-12 defeat.

England's most recent win at Murrayfield was in 2004, but Scotland have one win on the opening weekend of the Six Nations in their previous 12 attempts and just two victories from 10 games in the tournament under Robinson, who is yet to lift the Calcutta Cup as Scotland head coach.



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Robinson said: "For everybody in the championship you want to get off to a winning start. We've not achieved that in the two years that I've been here and that's the focus for us.

"People talk about the potential and the ability we have, but it's about delivering results. We've not done that in previous championships and it's important we do that on Saturday."

Reiterating an oft-heard mantra from Murrayfield in recent months and particularly this week, Robinson, the former England head coach, is desperate for Scotland to turn tight results in their favour by taking chances.

He said: "A key part of coming together as a Scotland team is to win. We've got to have belief about what we do. It's also important we've got to trust each other in the way we're going to play.

"We're going to make mistakes, we've got to be able to deal with those mistakes and absorb that.

"What we haven't done in the World Cup and in previous championships early on is take the opportunities. When we create those chances, it's time for us to take them."

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