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RBS Six Nations video: Trevor Woodman and Carl Hogg have their say on the Calcutta Cup

By lauracfell  |  Posted: February 07, 2014

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WORLD Cup winner Trevor Woodman is expecting England to unleash their frustrations on Scotland in the Calcutta Cup at Murrayfield.

After a 26-24 defeat to France in Paris the former England and Gloucester prop expects the young squad to be primed to react to the last-gasp defeat this evening (5pm).

He said: “Anytime you lose a game there will always be a reaction from players and from the coaching team.

“If you find yourself 16 points down it’s hard to come back but they showed a lot of character.

“They will be really disappointed – if they’d topped that one this Six Nations had Grand Slam written all over it, with the Irish and Welsh coming to Twickenham.”

Scotland fell to a 28-6 defeat at the hands of Ireland last week which made former Scottish international Carl Hogg question if they were lacking the “X factor”.

But the Worcester head coach also questions England’s “dangerous” tactics in attack.

He said: “Scotland have a good attacking shape but they haven’t got a Billy Vunipola or a Luther Burrell who can get them over gainlines.

“You have to have a physical X factor in international rugby whether that is pace or size.

“They can make pretty shapes but they didn’t go anywhere against Ireland. They had a lot of the ball but they didn’t do anything with it.

“England are trying to evolve their game. They played wide last week and if its wet it will be interesting to see what Scotland do.

“If it was me, I would bang it behind Jonny May or Jack Nowell and say ‘right, play from there’.

“When they are trying to play an expansive attacking game that’s when you catch them. Then it’s 3, 6, 9-0 and suddenly it’s a different dynamic.”

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