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Scots are out to justify the hype when they tackle English


By Andy Newport

Gordon Reid admits Scotland fell into the trap of believing their own hype before their NatWest Six 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 on Saturday.

It is 10 years since the Scots last beat the Auld Enemy - and 14 since they even managed a try on home soil 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 the All Blacks to the brink before destroying the Wallabies 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.

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 face up to Eddie Jones' all-conquering 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 to work on. There was a lot of positives."

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