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Ashton in Scotland sights

Defence coach Graham Steadman hopes Scotland can keep Chris Ashton quiet and can seize on any complacency within the England camp in Sunday's Calcutta Cup clash at Twickenham.

Grand Slam-chasing England face a Scotland side searching for their first win of the 2011 RBS 6 Nations and without a victory in west London since 1983.

"Will they treat us with the respect we deserve? I'd have to question that," Steadman said. "I'm sure they will have one eye on the Grand Slam and the bigger picture for them, I dare say, will be the fixture against Ireland over in Dublin."

He added: "They will see that as a bigger challenge than the challenge they're going to be facing this weekend. I know what these players are capable of here. We've seen glimpses in the last three internationals that we are capable of doing it.

"What we've got to do now is put a sustained performance in where we're going to apply a lot of pressure on the opposition and if we can do that we could turn this form book upside down.

"It's now time to deliver. We can do all the talking but it's all about the actions now and we've got to get out there and do it."

For Scotland to triumph, they will have to keep a free-flowing England side quiet.

England's back three of Ashton, Ben Foden and Mark Cueto are just a few of the players Steadman earmarked as capable of punishing Scotland and Steadman hopes not to see the former Wigan rugby league ace's swallow dive celebration on Sunday.

The Scotland defence coach said: "They're playing with a lot of confidence. They've got strike players right across the park. Any broken field situation if we're not well organised they will cause us problems.

"Ashton's on six (tries) at present - I'd like to think it will stay at that. He can do what he wants against Ireland but I'd like to think it won't happen against Scotland."


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