Robinson calls for 'physical' response to Samoa danger

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Andy Robinson is aware Scotland must be at their very best to emerge from today's match against Samoa in Aberdeen unscathed and with a fifth win from six Tests.

Scotland play Samoa in the third autumn Test at Pittodrie, where snow has provided a hostile welcome for the Pacific islanders, who have pushed Ireland and England close in recent weeks.

With the low of the 49-3 humbling to New Zealand and the high of last week's 21-17 defeat of the world champions South Africa fresh in the memory, head coach Robinson cautioned against taking Samoa lightly.

"We've got to focus on the next game," he said. "Whatever has happened before has gone, the key for us is getting our preparation absolutely spot on for our next opponents – very dangerous opponents. It's vital each individual takes care of their own performance and focuses on that and brings their No 1 game to the party and then as a collective we can pull that together. We need to respect the physicality Samoa bring and, after last week's performance, we've got to bring that physicality to our game."

Robinson made one enforced change to the starting XV from the Springboks match, with the lock Scott MacLeod ruled out with a rib injury and No 8 Richie Vernon returning to the side.

Rory Lawson again leads the team, having claimed victory over the world champions in his first Test as captain last week.