Tuesday 20 February 2018

Brown: Scotland can derail England slam bid

Kelly Brown
Kelly Brown

Kelly Brown says Scotland will surprise England in Sunday's Calcutta Cup showdown at Twickenham.

The Saracens back-rower, who will pack down at number eight this weekend, has been impressed by England's performances in the RBS 6 Nations to date, which see Martin Johnson's side chasing the Grand Slam.

However, Brown is determined Scotland - with losses in each of their opening three games - can overcome their underdog status to claim a first win at Twickenham since 1983.

The 28-year-old told Press Association Sport: "We know how they play and we've got a couple of plans up our sleeves to attack them.

"They've been playing some great stuff, they've won three out of three, they're the form team of the championship and they've been scoring a lot of tries.

"The challenges don't get much bigger but it's one that we're very much looking forward to.

"We've shown in patches just exactly what we can do. For us it's about starting well, putting the pressure on them in the first 20 minutes and really getting stuck into them and trying to upset their rhythm.

"From then anything can happen."

Brown, who moved from Glasgow Warriors to Saracens last summer, has been arguably Scotland's standout performer in the championship to date, playing well in defeats to France, Wales and Ireland.

The collective, though, is more important to Brown, who believes Scotland can upset the odds this weekend.

He added: "We're a team, it's all about the team. We know as a team when we play, all 15 or 22 of us have got to be at or very near our best.

"We know that when we do that we can challenge and we can beat anybody."

Brown has twice played at blindside flanker in the championship and will start in the number eight jersey for a second time on Sunday.

He will be accompanied in the back row by Nathan Hines, who replaces Johnnie Beattie in the starting line-up, with the Glasgow Warriors number eight dropping out of the squad altogether having struggled in the Ireland game following a lengthy absence with a shoulder injury.

Brown is looking forward to playing alongside Hines.

He added: "He brings a real bit of mongrel to the pack; he's a really tough guy.

"He's been playing top-level rugby for years so he knows exactly what's expected and he couples that with a really good carrying and offloading game."

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