Captain Scott Riddell’s winning try and youngster George Horne’s brilliant saving tackle lifted Scotland to beat England and retain their Twickenham HSBC World 7s crown on Sunday.
48 hours of cool reflection has helped a little, as well as living the nightmare again, fast forwarding through the more brutal bits.
Scotland need to regroup quickly and beat Italy next week to restart their forward momentum, believes prop Gordon Reid.
Days like Saturday’s humiliating rout at Twickenham were supposed to be in Scotland’s past.
Scotland suffered a Twickenham nightmare to match any over the 34 long years of failure at England’s home of rugby as they were sliced to ribbons by a rampant English side.
Stuart Hogg is a marked man, looking over his shoulder at every turn, but that’s in the team hotel and not today on the pitch at Twickenham.
Scotland’s chances of their first Triple Crown since 1990 and their first win at Twickenham since 1983 today edged up slightly with England’s key man Owen Farrell taking no part in their final training session yesterday.
The head coach was the “Stern Vern” of jokey legend when it came to the decision but Tim Visser was rewarded for his outstanding performance against Wales by staying in for the Calcutta Cup game tomorrow.
England’s clear strategy is to win their 18th successive game with their much-trumpeted “finishers” and it’s up to Scotland to derail that plan, says head coach Vern Cotter.
Finn Russell was first capped by Vern Cotter but the Scotland stand-off is confident enough of his own abilities to know he’s got where he is under his own steam.