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Tuesday 21 August 2018

Robinson relieved after Scots toil to win

Scotland head coach Andy Robinson expressed relief after the 34-24 World Cup opening win over Romania in Invercargill and vowed his side will improve in the next four days.

Robinson refused to dwell on the unconvincing performance, which delivered a fourth successive win ahead of the second Pool B clash with Georgia at Rugby Park Stadium on Wednesday.

Simon Danielli scored two tries in the final five minutes as Scotland responded from going 24-21 down with 12 minutes remaining.

Asked his thoughts when Romania took the lead, Robinson said he was "looking forward to seeing how we responded" before using an analogy of a Scottish sporting hero who has had to grind out victory on numerous occasions.

Robinson said: "I saw this as very much like Andy Murray playing his tennis matches, when he plays five sets.

"You get put under that pressure in the second round, third round sometimes and it's how you come through it and then the focus is onto the next game.

"That's the key element for us -- we mustn't play Romania when we play Georgia, we've got to play a new side."

Romania sensed an upset -- and a first win over Scotland in 20 years -- with prop Mihaita Lazar touching down after 40 minutes following a rolling maul which was just reward for his team's forward effort.

And The Oaks went in front for the first time in the game after 68 minutes when number eight Daniel Carpo broke off a scrum to score.

Chris Paterson levelled the scores with a 70th-minute penalty, taking his tally to 14 points before victory -- and a bonus point -- was secured when Danielli touched down after 75 and 78 minutes.

Fiji wing Vereniki Goneva scored four tries as the South Sea Islanders opened their World Cup campaign with a 49-25 win over Namibia at Rotorua International Stadium.

Goneva posted his hat-trick before the interval, and then added another touchdown after the break to help secure a comprehensive Pool D success.

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