Blair calls for Scotland consistency
Scotland coach Mike Blair claims his side must build consistency in their displays if they are to enjoy a successful World Cup.
The Scots endured a tough Six Nations this year but did show signs of what they are capable as they retained the Calcutta Cup after a thrilling draw with England in their last match at Twickenham.
With Ireland, Samoa, Japan and Russia to come during their pool stage of the World Cup in Japan, Blair knows consistency is vital if they are to reach the quarter-finals and beyond.
"Throughout the Six Nations, we had some moments of brilliance, but we've also had periods where we've almost fallen off a cliff," he told BBC Sport.
"That consistency of performance is something that we as coaches have been focusing on and we're trying to get that message across to the players.
"Everyone is talking about the Ireland game, but we're also aware that if we don't play to the best of our ability in the other games [Samoa, Russia and Japan] then they're potential banana skins."
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