Six Nations 2021: Stuart Hogg shoots down England boss Eddie Jones' claim Scotland lack bottle ahead of Calcutta Cup
STUART HOGG has shot down Eddie Jones' claim that Scotland lack the bottle to beat the English on their own patch.
The Scots haven't won at Twickenham since 1983 and England boss Jones reckons the weight of expectation will prove too heavy for Gregor Townsend's men.
But Hogg insists they can handle the pressure as they head into today's Six Nations game looking to make history.
The Scotland skipper said: "Have we got the bottle for this game? One hundred per cent.
"If we go into it full of confidence and we believe in ourselves, individually and collectively, we'll give ourselves every opportunity to win.
"It's a chance for us to create a little bit of history. It's the 150th year of the fixture, so it's going to be a special occasion.
"For us to go down there and win will take a complete 80-minute performance on both sides of the ball.
"That is a challenge every single one of us is excited about.
"If we have that clinical edge in our attack and we take our opportunities to get that scoreboard ticking over, then we are in a very good place.
Upset "It is a challenge we feel we are ready for.
"You pick up a rugby ball to be involved in massive games and to represent our country.
"We've got some exciting talent in the squad that can break down defences and we have a game plan we believe can open up huge opportunities for us.
"It's my tenth Six Nations, but I still get the same excitement that I did in my first game.
“I’m very much looking forward to the opportunity to represent the team again and the boys make me feel like we're in a very good place at the moment."
Hogg warned Scotland will need to stop giving away soft penalties in big games if they are to pull off an upset.
He said: "It's something we feel let us down in the autumn.
"You look at the France game.
We were in their 22, gave away three penalties and a minute later they had a kick at goal. That was unacceptable.
"A few weeks later we were playing against Ireland and pretty much did the exact same.
"I understand mistakes will happen. But if they happen in two or three consecutive plays that puts pressure on ourselves.
"Discipline is not just giving away penalties. It is the whole team making sure we are staying onside and in the system."
Hogg is excited to have Finn Russell back in the line-up. The playmaker missed most of last year through indiscipline and injury, but starts the teatime Twickenham clash at fly-half.
Exeter man Hogg added: "I've loved the way Finn has come back into camp. The last couple of weeks he's been outstanding.
"He's really coached the boys around the park and spoken incredibly well in huddles and in meetings.
"I'm absolutely delighted to have a guy like that back. I believe he's got one of the best kicking games in world rugby.
Damage "Hopefully he can get his bag of tricks out and cause England some damage.
"He's learned a huge amount from playing in France and the games he's been involved in."
Scotland assistant coach Steve Tandy reckons Russell will be a marked man as the English look to nullify his threat.
He said: "England know how to defend and they'll have had a look at Finn, for sure. But they'll also know if they put too much attention on one person it may open them up to something else."
Tandy senses an opportunity for Scotland to cause an upset if they can stand up to England's renowned physicality.
He added: "They are one of the biggest sides in the world and the way they play the game means they are very consistent in how they do that.
"They have an incredible home record. They get to World Cup finals, so we know they are an outstanding team.
"We also know they will have big footholds in the game, so we'll have to stand tall and really back ourselves to deliver, as well as trusting the system.
"It's exciting to go to one of the toughest places in the world and challenge ourselves against some big guys who are going to be relentless coming after us.
"It's going to be a huge task, but I'm really excited to see our boys perform."
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