Andy Robinson has demanded greater consistency from his Scotland side as they prepare to tackle Argentina in a two-Test series. The Scots have travelled to South America for the matches, with the first in Tucuman on Saturday before a second in Mar del Plata on 19 June.
The last time the teams met resulted in a 9-6 triumph for the Argentines at Murrayfield in November, a result which preceded a dismal Six Nations Championship in which the Scots won just one game.
Robinson points to his side's sole victory in that competition, against Ireland in March, as the last time he saw his players perform well for the whole game, and even though Scotland have only won twice in their last nine trips to Argentina, he is optimistic.
"We are continuing to improve," Robinson said. "The game understanding is improving. Line-out was better in the Six Nations. The consistency of the performance has improved.
"The last time we played Ireland we played very well but it was on the back of four Test matches in which we played well only in part. Against Argentina last year, we played well in part but did not win the game."
Ireland themselves are currently in the southern hemisphere, where they will face New Zealand in a one-off Test on Saturday. Ahead of the game in New Plymouth, the Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll has called on the Irish to match their hosts' intensity.
"Winning and losing is more often than not [about] the last 20 minutes and you have to finish strong," he said. "It's what we've struggled to do. There is no point trying to hang in there with them because it only takes a breakaway and all of a sudden you are chasing the game."Reuse content