REACTION | Barclay hails epic victory

Scotland captain John Barclay has hailed an epic victory in which Scotland showed strength across the park to stun England at BT Murrayfield.

Both sides were coming off the back of hard-fought wins in Round 2 and Scotland seized the initiative with three first-half tries to record a famous victory.

Barclay said: “I’m enjoying the win, they’re a fantastic side so to win, to have the trophy in the dressing room and to play in such a fantastic game at BT Murrayfield, as epic as it was today, is something I’ll remember.

“We threw the ball around and kept them guessing, played with tempo and with a lot of accuracy.

“That’s the balance you have to have when you play with that tempo which we have perhaps not got quite right yet in this 6 Nations.”

Scotland had a tough opening to the tournament with a loss away to Wales but rallied against France to get their campaign back on track while England travelled to Edinburgh as favourites after two victories.

Barclay said: “We knew we’d get a bit of stick after the Wales game, that’s the nature of the beast, but we believed we hadn’t become a bad defensive side overnight and that we’d fronted up pretty well against some of the best teams in the Autumn and last year’s Six Nations, with the exception of the England game.

We had a different strategy going into the game to push a few more guys into the front-line which was brilliant today.

“The guys fronted up brilliantly and on-the-whole, although there were a few line-breaks that England made, we defended very well.”