Robinson keen to toast a victory
THE alarm bells were ringing in the Scotland camp early on Sunday morning.
But it wasn't because of concerns about tonight's Test match at Hunter Stadium - a member of the touring party accidentally set off the fire alarm at the team hotel in Newcastle after burning his toast.
Hopefully the alarm bells won't be ringing for the Wallabies tonight after selectors chose a less than full-strength side to take on the Scots.
One of Robbie Dean's worst experiences as Wallabies coach was in 2009 when Scotland humiliated his team at Murrayfield, winning 9-8.
That nightmare could come back to haunt him when the teams go head-to-head in the first Test of the season.
The Scots are coming off a dismal Six Nations Championship where they finished last, while the Wallabies have only had limited preparation time - it has all the makings of an ambush William "Braveheart" Wallace would be proud of.
It has been 30 years since the Scots won on Australian soil and coach Andy Robinson said his players had a burning desire (not anything to do with toast) to beat the new-look Wallabies.
To do it, Robinson has wielded the axe after Scotland's last-start Six Nations 13-6 loss to Italy in March, bringing in three debutants among the six changes.
"We were all very disappointed by the results (in the Six Nations) and this tour is about our strong collective determination to put that right, play with confidence and win back pride," he said.
"There's been an intensity to training since we've been out here which has been pleasing, but it's about delivering a consistent 80-minute performance and eliminating errors that will cost us dearly."
Robinson described the defensive effort by the Scots against Australia in 2009 as "one of the most courageous performances of scramble defence I have ever seen".
"Four times Australia were over our line only to be held up," he said.
"It will require that uncompromising resolve if we're to repeat that success."
Eight Scottish players have survived from that match, including Ross Ford who will captain the team, while Will Genia and Stephen Moore are the only players wearing green and gold who know what it is like to lose to Scotland.
Deans is well aware of the dangers that await his team, a team containing five uncapped players.
"They'll be hungry and will sense the opportunity, striking us first up on a limited preparation," he said.
"A feature of the Scottish team under Andy Robinson is that they are very well organised.
"The Scottish teams of my experience have always been extremely physical in their approach, so they will be very direct and come right at us."
AUSTRALIA v SCOTLAND
At Hunter Stadium, 7.30pm