England’s Six Nations hopes won’t affect us says Ben Toolis
After three defeats on the bounce for Gregor Townsend’s Scotland side, the squad travel to London this weekend to end a 36 year losing streak at Twickenham, and hopefully, stop Eddie Jones’ England from potentially winning the Six Nations Championship. But the players are focused only on a win and not the potential repercussions of the result. David Ronney has more from the Scotland training camp.
Scotland Rugby lock Ben Toolis claims spoiling a Six Nations Championship victory for the English isn’t playing on his mind as the focus is only on a win.
Depending the result between Wales and Ireland earlier in the day, Scotland could be going into their match with the Auld Enemy with a tournament decider on their hands.
However, Toolis said the focus is only on ending a disappointing Championship on a high against their rivals.
He said: “We don’t really care about them. As a team, we just want to get the win. Just want to finish the Championship on a high. At the end of the day, it could between three teams winning; Ireland, Wales and England, and we just want to beat England. So we’re not really focused on that, we’re just focusing on ourselves and winning the game.”
Scotland won back the Calcutta Cup last year for the first time in a decade but the task to retain it proves difficult, as they attempt to win at Twickenham for the first time since 1983.
However, Toolis believes reviewing footage from last year’s win can help Scotland to replicate the level of performance to see victory on Saturday.
He added: “You always raise what worked for us and why we won the game in the big aspects and big reasons.
“You try focus on those main reasons and take them as a main priority to try replicate again. We’ll definitely focus on those things and realise that’s what got us over the line.”
Despite an impressive second half performance against Grand Slam chasing Wales last weekend and a fantastic try finished by Darcy Graham, Scotland weren’t able to halt their losing streak as they lost out 11-18 by the final whistle.
The defeat mounted more criticism on the team for being ‘too nice’ to their opponents, but Toolis disagreed stating the squad have performed well to earn impressive results over the years.
He said: “I think we’ve won some really big games in the past 18 months and we haven’t really changed our strategy around that. We pride ourselves on it. Some of the big games that we’ve lost has just been within a score usually. It’s pretty hard to say if it’s strictly coming down to that. I don’t really agree with it but people have their views.”
More injuries mount on the squad as Tommy Seymour, Blair Kinghorn and Stuart Hogg have all been ruled out for the trip to London.
Only a point separates each of the top three in the tournament, which means it’s all to play for this weekend.