Six Nations 2016 LV= Panel – Scotland v England Match Preview

Six Nations 2016 LV= Panel – Scotland v England Match Preview

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[Introduction]
So the first round, the Calcutta Cup Match at Murrayfield. The atmosphere there will
be absolutely buzzing. A ten to five kick off and I’m imagining that you guys are
all really looking forward to that one? Jamie in particular maybe?
Yeah big time. I quite fancy Vern Cotter to get Scotland to really get amongst England
and welcome Eddie Jones to the Championship. And this is probably my bias speaking but
I do fancy them to win that one. I just think they’re more settled. They’ve got if you
look at the back row, they’ve got, they could pick one of about four proper open sides.
England haven’t really got any. I think they’ll rule the break down and I think
they’ve got the backs to make that work. Dylan Hartley, okay he’s got one cap as
captain before. But certainly in terms of his new era, think it’s gonna be a tough
start for him? A great first test for him isn’t it just
to see how his composure does hold up. Being at Murrayfield and when they’re baying for
blood and I think we’re gonna see how he gets on and I I think he will hold his own.
I don’t think there’s any…there’s any danger of him necessarily kind of losing
his cool. I think he’ll be so focused on getting such a good start for England in this
new era. And a great first test for him though as captain.
I think it’ll almost help his outlook to be captain. To be able to be the one that
has that dialogue with the referees. Cos arguably, I always think that’s where a lot of the
frustration comes in for other players is that they’re not the one that can have the
dialogue with the referee. So they have to try and bite their tongue and not say too
much or feed it back via their captain. And I think the fact that Dylan actually will
be able to have that conversation with the officials, it’ll almost stop the officials
being able to ping him for anything else other than okay, well you’re allowed to be frustrated
with me because you’re the man who all the feedback’s coming through it’s sort of
could work…work in his favour in that sense.
I think it’s the uncertainty because so many times he’s transgressed. He’s a very
nice chap off the pitch, articulate, he’s a bright man. But you just do not know and
that’s it’s a risk that Eddie Jones has taken. You know and I wish him well. I think
Vern Cotter will seriously attack this game. It’s the chance to catch Eddie Jones cold
because I think once England get up and running. By the time they get on to Le Crunch five
games down the line and they’ve had seven or eight weeks together. Steve Borthwick,
Eddie Jones uncompromising, aggressive as Charlie
had said, the England pack, they’ve got just go back to basics and do what they’re
good at. And they could munch up a couple of packs. So this is Scotland and know that
they can move them around. They’ve got a quite agile back row and it’ll just be shunting
the likes of Haskell and Rob Shaw around the, a wet, kind of Murrayfield Park and yeah getting
them running. And I guess there’s an element to the fact
that there is still enough of a thread of Stuart Lancaster’s England for want of a
better phrase, that these players might have a bit of vulnerability, a bit of a fragility
from that World Cup campaign. And if, you know almost like, you know when you play a
nation at home and you can get the French turning against their own team in Paris for
example, that actually if the English don’t feel it is going their way in the first twenty
minutes then they might struggle to come back. You counter that by saying that these guys
have been there and done it before you know. Cos Rob Shaw’s captained wins at Murrayfield,
James Haskell’s likely to be in that back row too. He’s done it before. It’s funny
because Eddie Jones has been really resistant to wholesale changes because he wants to absolutely
make sure that the young guys that he’s brought into the wider squad are absolutely
ready for test rugby because you know…and that’s a way of paying respect to what’s
a Scotland team on the up at a venue that’s extremely hard to play at so it’s
all set up to be pretty fascinating actually. [music]

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