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Seymour confident Scots can improve

Scotland wing Tommy Seymour insists Scotland are capable of more than the two dismal defeats they have opened their RBS 6 Nations campaign with.

The Dark Blues managed just six points in a 22-point defeat in Ireland before faring even worse against England on Saturday at Murrayfield as they were humbled by a 20-0 scoreline.

But Glasgow back Seymour - who was making his Championships bow against the Auld Enemy - firmly believes Scotland are a more dangerous side than those two scorelines suggest.

The deflated wing told Press Association Sport: "To have come off the park having not put a single point on the board is hugely disappointing because we're a better side than that.

"But we need to start putting performances in that show that. We have quality players in this side that can win matches but we need to show people that.

"These first two matches of the Six Nations are not a true reflection of this squad at all.

"In parts we have shown what we are capable of. Some of the attack in Ireland and some of the defence against England were good. But it's about combining both those parts together.

"But the good thing is that this group of players are pretty harsh on themselves and they know that wasn't good enough. They are hungry for more."

Centre Luther Burrell and full-back Mike Brown scored tries in either half to put Scotland to the sword, with fly-half Owen Farrell contributing seven points after scrum-half Danny Care opened the scoring with a fourth-minute drop goal.

Scotland, cheered on by a packed-out Murrayfield, had started with their usual gusto but the traffic was soon heading in one direction only and it remained that way for the rest of the match.

England racked up 65 per cent of the possession and 76 per cent of the territory after the half-time break as Scotland struggled to get hands on the ball.

Dark Blues head coach Scott Johnson admitted the only positive for his side was that the 20-0 scoreline was not worse and Seymour agreed.

"Johnno told us that England were in our 22 about 20 times," he said. "So there is a lot of praise to be given to the defence in that sense.

"I don't have that much work to do on that side because of my position but I know some of the guys in the pack and the centres who had a hell of a lot of work to do. They were tremendous.

"It's just a shame we weren't able to flip that around and combine it with some great attacking play."

The 25-year-old spoke before the match about his eagerness to face England in his first taste of Six Nations action but admitted afterwards the defeat had left a sour taste in the mouth.

He said: "Running out on the pitch before the game was a really humbling experience. The atmosphere was fantastic and the fans were amazing.

"Even the bus journey here with the fans lining the streets was great. I couldn't have asked for a better lead up to my first Calcutta Cup game.

"But the margin of the defeat is sore. It maybe hurts a little but more than it does normally because it was England and because it was a chance to get back on the road in the Six Nations."


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