Scotland believed in their own hype – Reid
It is 10 years since the Scots last beat the Auld Enemy.
Gordon Reid admits Scotland fell into the trap of believing their own hype before their NatWest 6 Nations opener.
But now the Dark Blues’ prop insists Gregor Townsend’s team will take nothing for granted as they look to write a new chapter in the history books against England.
It is 10 years since the Scots last beat the Auld Enemy – and 14 since they even managed a try on home soil against against their rivals.
But that was all expected to change this time round as they marched into the championship on the back of a hugely impressive autumn campaign in which they pushed New Zealand to the brink before destroying Australia by a record margin.
However, that optimism was quickly wiped out by a shambolic display in Cardiff as they were punished 34-7 by Wales in this year’s tournament curtain-raiser.
A 32-26 win over France last time out has repaired some of that damage but Reid stressed there will be nothing left to chance as cautious Scotland now face up to Eddie Jones’ all-conquering Red Rose outfit in Saturday’s Calcutta Cup showdown at Murrayfield.
“I think there is a lot more to come from us,” said the London Irish front-rower. “Against Wales everybody hyped us up – ‘Scotland are going to win, Scotland are going to win’ – and I think we obviously believed that.
“We believed we could just go and win, just needed to show up – and as you all know, and you (the media) all wrote, we didn’t do that well.
“The French game we knew we needed to put it right. We had a lot of stuff that we needed to work on. There was a lot of positives but a lot of stuff we need to work on.
“Gregor as a coach, he identifies that, wants us to push forward and be the best we can be, as a player and as a person too. I think there’s a lot more to come and hopefully that will come out against England.”
The last Scot to score against England in Edinburgh was Simon Danielli back in 2004.
Reid, however, did cross the whitewash as the Vern Cotter’s side scored three Twickenham touchdowns last year – but even that was not enough as Jones’ men dished out a merciless 61-21 drubbing.
The loss of hooker Fraser Brown to the sin-bin just two minutes in set the tone for an ill-disciplined display – a repeat of which Reid says Scotland cannot afford.
He said: “It showed the importance of keeping a lid on things the last time we were down there.
“Last year we let our emotions get to us a little bit too much and that resulted in them beating us by a hefty amount.
“So it’s a huge thing for us to keep level-minded and keep our heads strong going into the game and thinking positively.
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“England are definitely coming into this game as the big dogs.
“And so be it. They have beaten some big teams and have become a really good side themselves. They have a good pack, some good backs and are winning games week in, week out with England. With their clubs, they have a huge pool to pick some great talent from.
“So yeah they will definitely be favourites.”