Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 25 December 2014

Jackson boosted by England display

Ruaridh Jackson
Ruaridh Jackson

Ruaridh Jackson is confident of helping Scotland avoid the RBS 6 Nations wooden spoon following his coming-of-age performance against England.

Two weeks on from his error-strewn first Test start against Ireland, Jackson fully justified Andy Robinson's faith in him with an ice-cool display in Sunday's Calcutta Cup defeat at Twickenham.

"I definitely feel pretty comfortable in there now," said Jackson. "The other guys have got a lot of trust in me and hopefully I can keep building on that."

He added: "The ethos Andy's bringing in and the way we want to play, I think it's starting to build and we're starting to get that rhythm.

"I think we played some very good stuff and caused a lot of problems for England.

"Maybe a couple of teams haven't done that so far in the Six Nations, so we've got to take a lot of positives from that and build on it for this week and nail it."

Jackson was under all sorts of pressure before kick-off on Sunday.

There had been calls for Dan Parks to be brought back into the starting XV after he came off the bench against Ireland and nearly salvaged a victory.

Jackson also had the added worry of making his Calcutta Cup debut in front of 80,000 fans at Twickenham.

"It was an amazing place to play, extremely historic," said Jackson, who made way for Parks before the hour mark on Sunday, as he did two weeks earlier.

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