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Monday 11 December 2017

'Scots must retain belief'

HEAD COACH Andy Robinson has called on his Scotland side to retain their belief as they look to put their Six Nations campaign back on track after suffering more disappointment in their 27-13 defeat to Wales at the Millennium Stadium.

Having been punished for a lack of composure at key moments in their opening loss to England, Scotland were again their own worst enemies as a calamitous start to the second half in Cardiff proved crucial.

The scores were tied at 3-3 at the break, but Chris Cusiter's failure to gather Rhys Priestland's second-half kick-off set the tone for a period of play in which Scotland shipped three tries in just 13 minutes.

Cusiter's initial error gifted Wales the field position from which wing Alex Cuthbert sprung through Greig Laidlaw's weak tackle for the first try.

And there was worse to come for Robinson's side as Nick de Luca and Rory Lamont were both sin-binned, and Wales struck as Leigh Halfpenny, who claimed an individual haul of 22 points, landed his second penalty and crossed for two converted tries to open up a 27-6 lead.

"It's about the team being able to keep its belief in what it's trying to do," said Robinson. "The effort that's been shown there was very good. It's important we build on that."

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