Scotland keep faith in winning formula


SCOTLAND will be unchanged when they bid to clinch the Five Nations Championship by completing the Grand Slam in the Calcutta Cup match against England at Murrayfield on March 2nd.

The selectors have resisted the temptation to change a winning line up even though Scotland's performance in the 16-14 victory over Wales in Cardiff last weekend failed to live up to expectations. They have decided to stand by wing Craig Joyner despite an impressive performance from second half replacement Ken Logan.

Manager Jim Telfer, who has continually played down talk of the Grand Slam, said: "The coaches and management were not happy with our display against Wales. We started off well with a penalty goal from Michael Dods in the first minute, but it was then eight minutes before we had possession.

"England are one of the best - if not the best - sides in the Northern Hemisphere. We have not beaten them in six Five Nations matches since 1990."

The Scots will get together on Saturday night and have a practice session on Sunday, but Telfer said: "We are advising the players not to do any extra training. They are as fit as they'll ever be and we recognise that the last three matches have put a lot of physical and mental pressure on them.