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Angry Robinson could quit Scottish rugby
By David Kelso
14:47 AEST Sun Nov 25 2012

Andy Robinson has refused to rule out quitting as Scotland rugby supremo in the wake of his team's humiliating 21-15 defeat by Tonga.

It took the coach more than an hour to appear at the post-match media grilling - and speculation was rising over his immediate future following the autumn Test series whitewash.

Three times, raging Robinson declared: "That was totally unacceptable out there. I am very angry - I apologise to all Scotland fans.

"There will be consequences, but I will not reveal what they will be."

When asked if the aftermath will include his own future, Robinson replied: "I will look at everything.

"I have got a contract until 2015 - but there needs to be consequences after this.

"I will be discussing the situation (with Scottish Rugby Union chief executive Mark Dodson). I will have a meeting with him at some stage but that will be between him and me."

Tonga coach Mana Otai rubbed salt in the Scotland wounds by claiming his men didn't even have to be at their best to beat them at Pittodrie.

"It was a pretty good performance in alien conditions - but it could have been better," Otai said.

"There were aspects of the match we did not execute properly and so we have work to do.

"However the bottom line is that I am very, very proud of what the boys achieved.

"It is right up there with the greatest things that have happened in Tongan rugby - right up there with beating France in the World Cup in New Zealand last year."

His sentiments were echoed by skipper Nli Latu.

"Our time has arrived - we are now senior players because we have come to Europe and earned a victory against a top grade nation," he said.

The contest burst into life in the 51st minute as Tonga snatched a surprise lead.

Lua Lokotui more than made up for his yellow card by burrowing over for a try from point-blank range, giving 'Apikotoa a simple conversion.

Greig Laidlaw instantly eased the Scots anxiety by adding a fourth penalty - and repeated the dose midway through the half.

But still Tonga looked more clinical in attack and stand-off Fangatapu 'Apikotoa narrowed the gap with his next strike.

Even better was to come for the tourists as winger Fetu'u Vainikolo left his cover for dead with two dazzling dummies and galloped in for a superb solo try from his own half.


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