- Centre says England must take opportunities in Edinburgh
- “We’ll look to create our own intensity” – Twelvetrees
Billy Twelvetrees has promised England will take on Scotland this Saturday with the same attacking intent and intensity that characterised their last-gasp defeat in Paris.
At the Stade de France this weekend, Stuart Lancaster’s charges executed 15 offloads and, after a disastrous start, hauled their way back into the lead thanks to a fast-paced performance with ball in hand.
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As they look to banish the memory of their excruciating 26-24 reverse and record a first win of this RBS 6 Nations up in Edinburgh, Twelvetrees said there were plenty of positives to call upon.
“As a team we got some shape together and created some opportunities as a backline,” he explained. “And the forwards ran some great lines to create holes.
“From that point of view we felt dangerous but we could have finished a few more off. That’s the most frustrating thing – we’ve got more in the tank and we can play a more expansive game if we want to.
“Each player is working to do to give nine and ten a lot of options. When that happens, we can get our big carriers in the forwards on the front foot and into space.”
Content that his understanding with Owen Farrell is developing nicely thanks to consistent communication, Twelvetrees turned to the challenge in store at Murrayfield.
Having already won there this season in the Heineken Cup for Gloucester Rugby against Edinburgh – a match that featured a 70-metre run for an assist from Jonny May – he insisted that though Scotland were easily ousted 28-6 by Ireland in their opening fixture, England have their work cut out.
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“Edinburgh are a really physical team who put a huge focus on slowing down ball at the breakdown and are really effective at it,” added Twelvetrees. “Murrayfield is a big pitch so when you slow things down it can be difficult to play up there.
“Conditions will dictate that on the day and we’ll look to create our own environment in terms of the intensity we want to play at.
“Whoever they pick [in the backs] it will be difficult because they’re playing week-in, week-out for their club sides. They have big wingers and Hogg at full back is dangerous as well. We’ve got to be switched on so we can nullify those threats at source.”