After bouncing back from Cardiff misery with BT Murrayfield glory over France, Scotland’s players are now looking to lay the ghosts of another ignominious day when champions England come calling a week on Saturday.
Last year’s Calcutta Cup clash at Twickenham turned into the worst day of an otherwise excellent 2017 as Vern Cotter’s Triple Crown chasers were torn apart and lost by a record score of 61-21.
Centre Huw Jones scored two consolation tries that day and continued his prolific run with the first Scottish try in Sunday’s tense 32-26 win over the French, taking his tally to eight in just 13 caps.
Now he is aiming to avenge that Twickenham trauma when the Six Nations after a weekend off.
“I am massively excited. We got pumped down there,” said Jones of last year’s humbling. “It wasn’t great. It was a day to forget. Everybody involved that day and everybody else in the squad are really looking forward to the England game to try and make amends.”
Jones’s namesake, the England coach Eddie, has already fired some thinly veiled barbs about what he thinks of Scotland’s expansive playing style but the Glasgow Warriors centre wasn’t taking the bait
“We have looked at England. That will mainly come from the coaches, our gameplan,” said the 24-year-old.
“We will chat about that over the next two weeks. I will patiently await what Gregor has to say.
“It doesn’t get bigger for a Scotland player to play England up here. We are all really excited about it. We’ve got two weeks to prepare so we will be working hard. I can’t wait.”
England’s already formidable scrum will be even more prepared for the trip to Edinburgh after it emerged coach Jones has arranged two days of scrummaging sessions with Georgia in London this week.
Georgia has one of the most feared scrums in international rugby, with many of its forwards playing in France’s Top 14 league.