Scotland's David Denton (L) is tackled by Italy's Robert Barbieri. Click for more photos

Italy scrape past Scotland in Rome

Scotland's David Denton (L) is tackled by Italy's Robert Barbieri. Photo: Reuters

  • Scotland's David Denton (L) is tackled by Italy's Robert Barbieri.
  • Italy's  Marco Bortolami and Scotland's Jim Hamilton jump for the ball.
  • Italy Giulio Tonioli (C) vies with Scotland's Nick De Luca.
  • Ital'sy Kristopher Burton passes the ball.
  • Italy's Sergio Parisse (L) is tackled by Scotland's Greig Laidlaw.
  • Italy's Joshua Furno (R) challenges Scotland's Graeme Morrison.
  • Italy's Martin Castrogiovanni (R) vies with Scotland's  Ross Rennie.
  • Italy's Tommaso D'Apice (C) is tackled by Scotland's Greig Laidlaw.
  • Italy's Martin Castrogiovanni (R) and Edoardo Gori (L) challenges Scotland's Stuart Hogg.
  • Italy's Alessandro Zanni (C) is challenged by Scotland's Geoff Cross.
  • Italy's Giovanbattista Venditti scores a try.

Scotland head coach Andy Robinson said he would not be rushed into making a decison on his future following his team's Six Nations defeat to Italy at the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday.

The loss ensured Scotland finished with the wooden spoon for the first time since 2007 and suffered their first whitewash since 2004.

It was also their seventh defeat in a row including the World Cup in New Zealand where they lost their last two matches to Argentina and England.

Despite having seemingly made initial progress with the Scots since taking over in 2009, Robinson's position has started to look increasingly precarious over the last year.

But the former England head coach and internaitonal player refuses to be drawn on the future.

"I've got a contract to 2015, I'm going to go away to reflect on the Six Nations and on the future in terms of the positivity we have and the players we have and the way forward," he said.

"I'm going to put together a plan for the way forward, I'm head coach of Scotland Rugby."

He said there would be talks with his bosses but insisted it had yet to be decided when those would take place.

"We don't have a set timescale, there's a lot to take in in terms of what's happened and what's best for Scottish rugby," he said.

"Now is not the best time to discuss that with the feelings everyone has, the time will be in the next couple of weeks."

Robinson has had some impressive results in charge of Scotland, beating both Australia and South Africa, who were then world champions, in Autumn tests while also recording the country's first ever series victory away to Argentina, winning both tests in June 2010.

But he also oversaw Scotland's first ever failure to reach the World Cup knock-out stages last year and his Six Nations record includes just two wins in 15 matches.

AFP