Scotland’s assistant coach Graham Steadman is confident about facing England at Twickenham, in spite of their recent defeat at the hands of tournament leaders Ireland.
Despite Scotland’s last win at Twickenham coming over 25 years ago, the coach said “records are there to be beaten” and insisted with the correct state of mind, a shock victory could well be on the cards.
“I think the attitude and the mindset of the players will be very focussed on the job at hand.”
“Obviously it’s going to take a massive effort from each and every one of us, management and players. We have to be confident that we’re going down to do a job and return with what would be a surprise victory for a lot of people.”
If they have any chance of returning to Scotland with a win, the side will have to learn from their mistakes against Ireland, who won 15-22 despite the Scots leading for most of the match.
“Having been in control for long periods of the game, we could have certainly closed the game out at half time,” said Steadman.
“This is the fine line between winning and losing. The experience that the Irish have got on the bigger stage, off the back of three excellent wins, they had that little bit of self belief and confidence to kick on and win it. I think that was the big difference [between the sides].
The defensive coach emphasised the need for individual players to develop their skills if the team is to improve and progress.
“It’s about players working on their skill sets and taking it to the next level. I think the more you do that in training, obviously you will improve as a player so that is the only way forward.”
Scotland plays England on Saturday, March 21.