Denton backing for Robinson
Forward backing youngsters to rally to Scotland cause
Last Updated: 19/03/12 11:33am
Andy Robinson: Pondering his future
David Denton believes there are enough signs to encourage Andy Robinson to remain as Scotland head coach.
Robinson is under contract until the 2015 World Cup but is taking time to consider his future following Scotland's first Six Nations whitewash since 2004, and a seventh straight loss for the first time in 14 years.
"This has been the steepest learning curve I've ever experienced in my life and I think a lot of the other younger boys would say that."
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Despite the 13-6 loss to Italy on Saturday which left Robinson with a record of two wins from 15 Six Nations matches in charge, Denton is optimistic the emerging talent can revive Scottish rugby.
"We all hope he'll stay," said the promising number eight. "I think we can build something special under him, with the group we've got. I think we can be a force to be reckoned with.
"It's been a disappointing tournament for us and you could see that in the boys. We've put everything in, but we're going to be judged on results.
"We've got a lot of belief in ourselves. This has been the steepest learning curve I've ever experienced in my life and I think a lot of the other younger boys would say that.
"There's no doubt the talent that we have and we know we can take it forward."
Robinson is set to conduct a review of the championship before discussing the future with Scottish Rugby Union chief executive Mark Dodson, but has already begun a coaching overhaul, with Scott Johnson set to join imminently as senior assistant coach and Matt Taylor as defence coach.
And like Denton, Mike Blair, the most experienced member of the squad with 81 caps, believes there is potential for future progress.
The scrum-half said: "We've seen positive things. We've got building blocks to work with, but this (against Italy) wasn't good enough.
"We don't turn up every week to lose. We turn up with a lot of spirit, a lot of talent and we need to trust that, keep working at it and look for that breakthrough."