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Chalmers: It's a tough place to go

Grand Slam-winning fly-half Craig Chalmers believes a first Scotland win at Twickenham since 1983 would be the highlight of Andy Robinson's reign thus far, but might not be enough to reflect positively on the 2011 RBS 6 Nations.

Scotland entered the tournament on a run of five wins in six Tests - the only defeat coming to New Zealand - and Robinson has masterminded wins over Australia, Ireland, Argentina (twice) and world champions South Africa in his 18-month tenure. But Scotland have lost each of their three games so far, and on Sunday meet an England side with a 100% record.

"To beat southern hemisphere sides is outstanding, but winning at Twickenham would be bigger than those results and I think it would mean an awful lot more to the people of Scotland as well," said Chalmers.

"We've not beaten them there since 1983; I was involved in a 12-all draw in 1989.

"It's a tough place to go, it's quite an intimidating venue and at the moment England are full of confidence.

"But that's probably when they're at their most vulnerable - when they're over-confident and people are telling them they're going to beat Scotland by 20, 30 points.

"It's not going to happen that way. It will be a lot tougher game than some people are predicting."

Chalmers, who was a member of the 1990 Grand Slam-winning squad, believes Scotland will not be satisfied with their championship performance even if they secure victory over England on Sunday and then Italy on March 19.

Speaking at the launch of the Melrose Sevens, he added: "Victory this weekend against England wouldn't brush under the carpet a lot of problems. Andy and his coaching team can see them, but they've got to stand by what they've got.

"I thought three wins would be a good return for us this year. It would be disappointing to come out of the championship with two wins or even one."


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