Jacobsen backs Scots to upset England
March 4, 2008
Allan Jacobsen believes Scotland are more than capable of upsetting the odds against England on Saturday as long as they cut out the silly errors which have undermined their RBS 6 Nations campaign so far.
Frank Hadden's men currently prop up the championship table after three defeats from three outings.
However, the 29-year-old prop insists the Scottish team's performance in their most recent match against Ireland was a big step in the right direction, and if they can build on that showing against England then he sees no reason why they cannot achieve a famous win.
''The scoreline doesn't lie but I felt that we played lot more rugby against Ireland,'' said the Edinburgh loosehead.
''We went out and had a real go at them and the silly errors let us down.
''We've made a lot of stupid mistakes and that has been the main cause of our downfall, so if we can cut that out I'm sure you'll see the sort of performance which can really cause England problems.
''But we need to go into these games with that desire to play good rugby if we are going to win games in the Six Nations.''
Jacobsen has been involved with the Scotland squad since 2002, but during that time he has struggled to nail down a regular spot.
However, he has started all three of Scotland's matches in this campaign so far and after the disappointment of last year's World Cup - when he tore a calf muscle in the opening match was ruled out of the tournament - he has his sights set on making the number one jersey his own.
The Scotland team to face England will be announced at 11am and he is keeping his fingers crossed he can make it four starts in a row for the first time since the autumn of 2004.
''After the World Cup I just wanted to get back playing for Edinburgh, try to build my fitness back up and from there try to get involved in the Six Nations, so in that sense my season has gone according to plan,'' he said.
''Obviously things haven't gone well for us in the Scotland, but I've been lucky enough to start the last three games.
''Hopefully I'll get another chance against England, but I don't want to talk too much about that because I'll end up getting binned.
''If selected this will be the first time I've started a match against England, and I've never played them at Murrayfield before so, personally, I'm really looking forward to it.
''It's going to be a huge challenge, but these are the sort of games that you play rugby for.''