Sean Maitland and teammate Simon Berghan had heavy hearts as they observed a minute’s silence for the terrorist outrage in their home city of Christchurch at Twickenham on Saturday, but the two adopted Scots resolved to “make our city proud” by their performance.
Plucky, proud Scotland. Maybe we’re not all so sick of it after all.
The Calcutta Cup itself is some limited but tangible reward for Scotland’s players despite the crushing disappointment of seeing their unparalleled comeback at Twickenham fall just short, but Gregor Townsend believes it shows his team can “do special things”.
England 38 Scotland 38: Scots make a comeback for the ages in the greatest Calcutta Cup game ever played
Scotland retained the Calcutta Cup at Twickenham in without question the most incredible game in the 150-year history of rugby’s oldest contest, coming from 31-0 down to lead 38-31 before an England try with the last play of the game denied them their first win in London for 36 years.
Scotland need to make a statement at Twickenham today about their under-performance in this year’s Guinness Six Nations, their poor away form AND their dreadful record at English rugby’s HQ, agreed skipper Stuart McInally.
Gregor Townsend’s believes the Mission Impossible at Twickenham can be won – even if he was forced to make yet another change due to injury issues on selection day for Saturday’s final Guinness 6 Nations game against England.
Gregor Townsend has dropped Jonny Gray, Josh Strauss and Jamie Ritchie from his pack and Pete Horne from the backs for Scotland’s final Guinness 6 Nations game against England at Twickenham on Saturday.
The 2019 Guinness 6 Nations, let’s face it, has been dreadful.
Scotland’s joy at beating England last season and their “over-celebrating” was partly because they had been “embarrassed” at Twickenham the previous year, says prop Gordon Reid.
Scotland need to be “more physical than we’ve ever been before” if they are to upset England and win at Twickenham for the first time in 36 years, says Grant Gilchrist.