03 Mar Taylor | We won’t be resting on our laurels
Scotland defence coach Matt Taylor insists Scotland will not be resting on their laurels after two impressive wins in this years’ RBS 6 Nations propelled the national team into 5th in the World Rugby Rankings – their highest ever placement.
Two inspiring home wins at BT Murrayfield over Ireland and Wales, and a losing bonus point against France in Paris, mean Scotland look forward to competing for three pieces of silverware as the champoinship reaches its crescendo – the Calcutta Cup, Triple Crown and the title itself.
“To be in a position where you can still win the tournament is an exciting place to be”, said Taylor
“I think it spurs you on to do even better. We won’t rest on our laurels and say we’ve got two wins against two good teams. We want to do well in the next two games and finish the campaign on a high.”
Taylor, who joined the national set-up in 2012, has been heartened by the transformation and progress of the team over the past five years.
He said: “It’s been great to be involved in the team over the past few years because you can see the progression.
“We took some heavy losses a few years ago, then had some tight losses, and now we’re coming out on the other side – now we are winning these tight games.
“There has been a bit of a journey with this group.”
The Scots next test comes against England at Twickenham and Taylor is optimistic that the Scots can continue to embrace the challenge posed by last year’s Grand Slam winners.
“We’ve seen over the last year or two that the underdogs can beat the top teams so we will have to prepare well and execute well but there is no reason why we can’t win.
“It’s going to be difficult, it will probably be the most difficult game in the tournament so far.”
Scotland back in training today (Friday)
— Scottish Rugby (@Scotlandteam) March 3, 2017