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Evans takes blame after defeat

Max Evans had little doubt where the blame lay for Scotland's Calcutta Cup defeat to England and was ready to take his share of it.

Despite scoring a superb solo try in what was a brave performance from the visitors, Evans was partly at fault for his side's controversial 22-16 loss at Twickenham. The wing's indecision allowed Tom Croft a clear run at the tryline for a score which ultimately allowed the home side to eke out an ugly win.

"It was just an error on my part," Evans admitted. "I should've trusted my inside man."

Evans was far less guilty than most of his team-mates, however, with Scotland's scrum and lineout proving their real Achilles heel and he added: "Our defence was just immense. But the frustration is that set piece. To lose it so easily and on numerous occasions is just hugely frustrating, especially from a backs point of view."

Despite their deficiencies, Scotland were well in the game until John Barclay was sin-binned midway through the second half, with England scoring their try seconds before the flanker returned to the fray.

Barclay was penalised for knocking the ball away as the home side attempted to recycle and Evans said: "From what I hear, the feeling is that it was slightly unjustified. I hear that John was clearly over the ball and competing for the ball."

Scotland's defeat meant that, for the fifth year in a row, they go into their final game of the championship with the spectre of the wooden spoon hanging over them.

And they will play an Italy side at Murrayfield on Saturday still revelling in Saturday's sensational win over France.

"I was cheering them on watching them," Evans surprisingly admitted. "I'm also a fan of rugby as well and when a team deserves a win like Italy deserved that win, you cheer them on.

"When we come to the weekend, there'll be no question that I'm out to win myself."


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