Thursday 27 April 2017

Forget about rewriting history - Cotter

Scotland head coach Vern Cotter. Photo: Reuters
Scotland head coach Vern Cotter. Photo: Reuters

Andy Newport

Vern Cotter has told his Scotland players to forget all about rewriting the history books if they want to complete their fairytale Six Nations bid.

The Scots started the campaign as 14/1 long shots but have fired themselves into the Championship reckoning with victories over Ireland and Wales.

Now they head to Twickenham to face tournament favourites England tomorrow hoping to keep themselves on track for what would be the most unlikely of title triumphs.

Victory in south-west London would hand the Scots their first away win over the Auld Enemy since 1983 as well as a first Triple Crown success in 27 years, all the while keeping hopes of a first ever Six Nations crown alive.

But the stakes remain just as high for Eddie Jones' record-chasing Red Rose outfit, who will equal the All Blacks' unsurpassed 18-Test winning streak set in 2016 if they prevail this weekend.

Cotter is well aware of the talking points surrounding a match which can rightfully be billed as the Scots' biggest since their 1999 Five Nations triumph.

However, he wants his men thinking only of the 80-minute battle awaiting them.

Asked about England's historic quest, the Kiwi said: "It hasn't been discussed a lot within the team.

"And neither has the Triple Crown or the Calcutta Cup, nothing has been discussed. It's about the team and trying to get the content right. The team has 80 minutes of rugby to focus on."

Irish Independent

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