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Steadman wants winning feeling

Defence coach Graham Steadman has called for Scotland to step up and spring a surprise in Sunday's Calcutta Cup showdown with England at Twickenham.

Grand Slam-chasing England face a Scotland side searching for their first win of the 2011 RBS 6 Nations and without a victory in west London since 1983. But victories over Australia, Argentina (twice), Ireland and South Africa in the last 18 months have shown Steadman that Scotland are have the ability to beat anyone.

He said: "I know what these players are capable of here. We've seen glimpses in the last three internationals that we are capable of doing it."

He added: "What we've got to do now is put a sustained performance in where we're going to apply a lot of pressure on the opposition and if we can do that we could turn this form book upside down.

"It's now time to deliver. We can do all the talking but it's all about the actions now and we've got to get out there and do it."

Steadman hopes Scotland can tighten up their previously porous defence and seize on any complacency within the England camp.

He added: "Will they treat us with the respect we deserve? I'd have to question that.

"I'm sure they will have one eye on the Grand Slam and the bigger picture for them, I dare say, will be the fixture against Ireland over in Dublin.

"They will see that as a bigger challenge than the challenge they're going to be facing this weekend."


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