Scotland driven by desperation

  • Last Updated: February 2 2013, 9:12 GMT

Sean Lamont insists Scotland will step onto the Twickenham field on Saturday with a burning feeling inside them that they cost their coach his job.

Sean Lamont: Says Scotland are desperate to win
Sean Lamont: Says Scotland are desperate to win

Andy Robinson was shown the door following a 21-15 loss to Tonga in Scotland's last international run-out and has since been replaced by Scott Johnson on an interim basis.

The Australian will lead Scotland throughout their RBS 6 Nations campaign - which starts against England - and Lamont wants to try and reverse what happened to Robinson.

The odds are not healthy, especially given Scotland did not earn a point in last year's championship and have not won at Twickenham for 30 years.

The Glasgow man believes they have what it takes to right a few wrongs, though, saying: "We are driven by pure desperation. We need that win, we've had a tough few months, our last game cost somebody his job, the players did that.

"We had our game plans, didn't stick to them. Robbo said at the time it was a coach-killer and that is not nice. I was a big fan of him, I liked him, Johnno has been good and I like him too. This is in the players' hands."

It is no surprise that Scotland will be looking to play the underdog card against the Red Rose. Few have given them a fighting chance and they are fifth favourites for the tournament, with only Italy behind them in the betting.

Lamont, however, is hoping that a cocktail of underestimation and cross-border rivalry can get his men fired up.

"It's always nice to get one over on England but we need to be winning whatever game it is," he said.

"To win the Six Nations you need to win every game, we have England first and we know what we need to do.

"The camp has been great and the mood is good even though we had a poor autumn. It's a tough place to go, England have a lot of confidence and we want to knock them down a peg or two.

"It's nice to beat them, something about Scotland thrives on being the underdog. We've been written off many times and bounced back."

A lot of the pre-match talk has focused on the issue of arrogance.

Former Scotland coach Jim Telfer this week accused England of being arrogant, pretentious and condescending, suggesting that their win of New Zealand last time out had gone to their heads.

Johnson was keen to remain on the periphery of that discussion as he prepared to stake his claim for a full-time job, but did say that if England were feeling cocksure, it was with good reason.

"It becomes arrogant if you can't complete the deed. If you're going to talk the talk you have to walk the walk, that foes for everyone in every form of life," he said.

"We need to be confident but not step over the arrogant line."

When asked about the fact England may have showboated once victory against New Zealand was secured, the Australian said: "There was plenty of good showboating too.

"They did the deed, it's not arrogant for me if you do the deed, they did that, fair play to them, but this is a new day."


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