Robshaw warning to Scotland

England captain Chris Robshaw.
England captain Chris Robshaw.
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Chris Robshaw has warned Scotland to be ready for a “massive reaction” from an England team smouldering at their grand slam-ending loss to France.

Two rivals who tasted defeat in the opening round of the 2014 Six Nations meet at Murrayfield on Saturday.

England were dispatched 26-24 in shattering circumstances at the Stade de France when, having nudged 24-19 ahead, wing Gael Fickou glided over in the 77th minute.

Little comfort has been drawn from the character-fuelled fightback staged in a compelling match as Robshaw outlined what is expected from the 2015 World Cup hosts.

“There will have to be a massive reaction. All the guys have been seething a bit. To have gone so close and played so well....” the England captain said.

“Our game is not judged on performance, it is judged on results.

“We need to make sure we turn our performance into results. Both sides lost on the weekend and we want to rectify that.

“No one wants to be called plucky losers. Everyone wants to be winners.

“That’s why we play the game – to win the big tournaments. We don’t want to play well to finish second every time.”

The Stade de France witnessed one of England’s best attacking performances under head coach Stuart Lancaster, but they may be required to play a different game against Scotland.

The alarming state of the Murrayfield pitch has been condemned and with rain forecast for the hours building up to the Calcutta Cup clash, the scene has been set for a Scottish ambush.

“We speak about being an all-court team and being able to mix it when it’s wet and dirty but also playing an expansive game,” said Robshaw.

“I’ve only been to Murrayfield once. It’s a very tough environment. They put a lot of pressure on the breakdown and try and slow you down.”