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Six Nations: Scots need to get back to basics, says Paterson

Chris Paterson has called on Scotland to get the basics right as Andy Robinson's men bid to end England's Grand Slam dream at Twickenham tomorrow.

Paterson has tasted victory over England in the Calcutta Cup three times in 10 appearances — all three at Murrayfield and all by a margin of six points.

Scotland have not won at Twickenham since 1983 and enter the match having lost all three of their RBS Six Nations fixtures to date, while England have racked up wins over Wales, Italy and France, leaving Scotland and — next Saturday — Ireland in the way of a tournament clean sweep.

Paterson said: “It's a huge challenge for us. England, quite rightly, are favourites.

“We'll be underdogs and we'll be fighting with everything we have in order to get that victory on Sunday afternoon.

“The games are so intense that anything can happen.

“It is so tight and games are won and lost on such fine margins that you have to get your own game right, you have to execute things well, we have to start well — something we've not done particularly well — and put England under pressure. England are playing a game that really suits them at the moment and are playing really well.”

Paterson downplayed any suggestion of England complacency, and added: “Their respect will be for Scotland — they won't be looking ahead to the game against Ireland.”

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