Jacobsen urges Scotland to play own game
March 3, 2008
Allan Jacobsen believes Scotland need to concentrate on their own game when they take on England at Murrayfield on Saturday, rather than fall into the trap of worrying too much about how to nullify the threat posed by the World Cup finalists.
The Edinburgh prop has started all three of Scotland's matches in this season's RBS 6 Nations campaign and he is expected to retain his spot on the left of the front row when Frank Hadden announces his Calcutta Cup side tomorrow morning.
If selected, 29-year-old Jacobsen knows he will have his work cut out as he will be have to face up to England captain Phil Vickery.
The English front five were in devastating form against France in their last match, and if Scotland are to stand a chance of recording a shock win then Jacobsen, Ross Ford, Euan Murray and Nathan Hines are going to have to fight fire with fire against the likes of Vickery, Andrew Sheridan and Simon Shaw.
"We're under no illusions about how tough it is going to be up front, but we've just got to go out there and work as hard as we can on getting our game right, and if we can do that then we'll be in with a shout," said Jacobsen.
"We've got to go in with the attitude that this game is about us, and we've got to make sure we play the way we want to play.
"Our scrummage hasn't been as consistent as we would like so far in this tournament, but I think we have shown in patches that we have a good set-piece, so if we can get it right for the whole match then we have nothing to fear."
Jacobsen was not involved when Scotland defeated England 18-12 in the last Calcutta Cup match to be played at Murrayfield, but claimed the current squad had been inspired by that famous victory.
"I'm sure the boys will take inspiration from that game because looking back at it I can remember that we weren't given a chance, but the boys just went out and battled really well," he said.
"They tackled like demons all afternoon, and got the result - which was a big win at the time.
"If we can go out and put a performance like that in this weekend then I'm sure we'll be there or thereabouts."