Hamish Watson happy for Scotland to beat England with penalties, not tries

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Scotland have not scored a Murrayfield try against England for 14 years but Hamish Watson believes they can beat the Auld Enemy with or without crossing the whitewash.

The Dark Blues’ astonishing scoring drought means they have not touched down against their rivals in Edinburgh since Simon Danielli’s effort back in 2004.

They have, though, beaten the English on home soil since then, with their 2008 Calcutta Cup triumph secured thanks to four kicks from Chris Patterson and another by Dan Parks.

Now ahead of this Saturday’s capital meeting, Edinburgh flanker Watson is convinced his side possess more than one tool as they look to unlock Eddie Jones’ side.

He said: “England still defend very well, but just looking at ourselves as a team, I think compared to 10 years ago, five years ago, we do score a lot more tries, so we’ve been working on that.

“If we put England to one side for a while, we are scoring more tries against most of the other teams, so we’ve got to try to implement that against England.

“But I don’t think we have to score tries to win, it just means our defence is going to have to be pretty top notch.

“In the past we’ve had all kicks from Mossy (Paterson) to win games before and I think the players and the fans would take that if it came to that.

“Obviously we’re going to try to stick to our game plan and try to score tries, but if it comes down to kicks we’ll definitely take that.”