Reid | Scots must keep their cool in the Calcutta Cup heat

Scotland face their oldest rivals England this Saturday in the third round of the 2018 NatWest 6 Nations at BT Murrayfield, with the coveted Calcutta Cup once again up for grabs (24 February, kick-off 4.45pm) – live on BBC.

London Irish prop Gordon Reid – try-scorer in last season’s heavy defeat at Twickenham – is looking forward to taking on a unbeaten England side, especially in the scrum, which he expects England to target from the outset.

He said: “England are the big dogs going into this game with a really good team.

“They play well week in week out and have a huge pool of players to pick some great talent from.

“This is a huge game for us. Dan Cole, Mako Vunipola and all those guys are good scrummagers and are part of a good pack. I am 100% sure they are going to try and attack us in the scrum so it’s going to be a huge battle.

“I’m always excited for those big games.”

England are on a high after winning their opening matches against Italy and Wales, with Scotland needing a win to stay in contention for the title.

Scotland haven’t managed a win against England in 10 years, when scrum-half Mike Blair – now Scotland Skills Coach – collected the historic silverware from the Royal Box and turned beaming to the BT Murrayfield crowd.

“We have to get our heads down, get into the game from the start and stay positive,” added Reid.

“Gregor [Townsend] has been focusing on us staying calm and not letting the occasion affect us. He believes in us as a team, which is great and tells us to express ourselves in our game.

“We know the kind of rugby England play and the threats and moves they’ve got so we need to just go out there and do our best.

“England are a great team and we want to play at the highest standard possible and there is no better game to do that.”

Reid is confident in his side’s ability to improve from their opening rounds of this campaign to face the second-best team in the world.

“Against Wales there was so much hype that we were going to win that game and we obviously believed that, we believed we could win that game. With the France game, we knew we needed to put that Wales defeat right,” he said.

“I think there is a lot more to come from us as a team, and hopefully it comes out against England.”