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Having conceded an average of 21 points per game in the tournament Robinson will be hoping the appointment of Matt Taylor as defence coach will bear fruit after the RBS 6 Nations – but called for an immediate response from his players.
He told The Scotsman: “The challenge for us is to start the way we did and be able to play for 80 minutes.
“If I go through the tries that we’ve conceded in this championship they have been soft scores, so we need to have a bit of edge about our defence and stop the opposition from scoring.
“I have seen that in the way that we have defended, so it’s not that we can’t do it, but in the times that we have dropped off that consistency we’ve been punished and that’s what Test rugby is about.”
One area Robinson is particularly keen to focus on is Ireland’s ‘choke tackle’, tacklers holding attackers up while allowing others to steal the ball, and warned his side against becoming the latest victim.
Instead, the former England coach has promised to take the game to Declan Kidney’s troops in search of their first Championship win.
He added: “The key for us is getting speed of ball and if we get that we’ll be able to ask questions of this Irish defence, and if we don’t we’ll be put under huge pressure.
“This weekend the breakdown is going to be huge and we’ve got to be able to deal with their ‘choke tackle’, and the referee [New Zealander Chris Pollock] is going to have to be able to deal with it as well.
“What I’d like him to do is be clear when he calls a maul and we have to be able to get speed of ball from it, which is for us to sort out, but the referee has to be clear when it is maul, which occurs when two people from either side are involved with it.”