Hamish Watson insists Scotland can beat England with their kicking game, having not scored a Murrayfield try against them for 14 years.
Simon Danielli’s try in 2004 was the last time Scotland crossed the whitewash against England in Edinburgh, but they did win their 2008 Calcutta Cup triumph secured thanks to four kicks from Chris Patterson and another by Dan Parks.
Now ahead of this Saturday’s capital meeting, Edinburgh flanker Watson is convinced Scotland possess more than one tool as they look to unlock Eddie Jones’ side.
He said: “England still defend very well, but just looking at ourselves as a team, I think compared to 10 years ago, five years ago, we do score a lot more tries, so we’ve been working on that.
“If we put England to one side for a while, we are scoring more tries against most of the other teams, so we’ve got to try to implement that against England.
“But I don’t think we have to score tries to win, it just means our defence is going to have to be pretty top notch.
“In the past we’ve had all kicks from Mossy (Paterson) to win games before and I think the players and the fans would take that if it came to that.
“Obviously we’re going to try to stick to our game plan and try to score tries, but if it comes down to kicks we’ll definitely take that.”