28 Feb Barclay encouraged by room for improvement
Scotland skipper John Barclay admitted he’s pleased with his team’s performances in the RBS 6 Nations championship to date but insists the real encouragement comes from the room for improvement.
Vern Cotter’s men scored 20 unanswered points to beat Wales 29-13 in front of a capacity crowd at BT Murrayfield on Saturday to earn a first victory over Wales in 10 years.
The Scots now travel to Twickenham to face England in the penultimate round with plenty at stake for both sides.
The hosts are one match away from equalling the All Blacks’ tier-one record of 18 consecutive victories, as well as a Grand Slam title defence against Ireland in the final round.
For the Dark Blues, they aim to end a 34-year record of biennial losses at Twickenham since 1983, with the Triple Crown and Calcutta Cup also on the line.
Barclay said: “We’ve had two good wins [defeating Ireland and Wales] and we are in a good spot in the championship table.
“The group is playing well but we can play better, which is the really encouraging thing. When we keep hold of the ball and get down into the opposition 22 our conversion rate is very good.We’ve played against good defences and we are still scoring points.
“There are areas to tidy up but the guys are playing with a lot of confidence. We’re keeping the ball and defending well, so we’re ticking a lot of boxes but there are still aspects of the game we need to work on.”