Jones | Scotland must use confidence to find away form

While celebrations are fresh in the mind of minds of many, centre Huw Jones, double try-scorer in Scotland’s victory over England, is already looking to the next round of the 2018 NatWest 6 Nations campaign.

Scotland became only the second team to beat England in 26 tests, winning the coveted Calcutta Cup for the first time since 2008, stunning the visitors 25-13 in Edinburgh to keep their championship hopes alive and return to their record placing of fifth in the World Rugby rankings.

“The boys are obviously really happy. It was an unbelievable performance and a great win,” said Jones.

The Scotland centre continued his sensational scoring streak against England taking his total tally to 10 in 14 appearances for the Scots - making him the fastes Scot to do so - against some formidable opposition: Australia (2), England (2), Samoa, New Zealand, Australia, France, England (2).

He has scored six tries in his last five BT Murrayfield internationals.

Jones found added satisfaction, not only in avenging last season’s defeat, but from seeing how much it meant to experienced players John Barclay and Greig Laidlaw, who have donned the blue jersey a combined total of 128 times but had yet to taste a Calcutta Cup victory.

He said: “You could see before the game how much it meant to the guys.

“The guys that been around for a bit, you could see that motivation they were trying to instil onto everyone else and it paid off.”

The win puts Scotland back in championship contention and Jones stressed that the team are more than aware of the challenge ahead, facing Ireland – who have won all three of their 2018 NatWest 6 Nations tests – in Dublin on Saturday 10 March (kick-off 2.15pm) – live on ITV.

“This game is definitely a confidence booster. We’re under no illusions that we have a tough away game ahead.

“We have turned BT Murrayfield into a sort of fortress but if we are to be up there with the best we have to start winning away.

“The next game will be a massive test, that’s what we’re thinking about now.

“I think we will have to take it up another level against Ireland.

“If Ireland play their best game it’ll be tougher than the England game. They’ll have the home crowd and that sort of lift we had from our supporters.

“I think we have those away wins in us.

“It’s about the preparation, the mindset going into the game that we didn’t have in the first game against Wales but I think we’ve learned a bit now and are maybe better prepared going into the Ireland match.”