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Coach Gregor Townsend wants consistency from Scotland in Six Nations campaign

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Consistency will be key for Scotland boss Gregor Townsend when they launch their Guinness Six Nations campaign with games against England and Wales.Townsend’s team head to Twickenham for a February 4 opener that will mark his England counterpart Steve Borthwick’s first fixture as an international head coach.It is a ground where Scotland had a miserable record, claiming just one draw amid 16 defeats between 1985 and 2017.But they held England 38-38 in a thriller four years ago, before toppling them 11-6 on their last visit in 2021.“We know what a big challenge going to Twickenham is,” Townsend said.“While we played really well two years ago, there weren’t any spectators that day (amid the Coronavirus pandemic) so we know this is a bigger challenge.

We believe the team is ready for that challenge.“Accuracy and belief stand out. The accuracy in 2018 (at Murrayfield) especially our passing game, was excellent that day, and defensively we held firm.The last two Six Nations we've opened up with victories and haven't followed them up in round two“We talk around being more consistent.

The last two Six Nations we’ve opened up with victories and haven’t followed them up in round two.“We have to improve within games as well, which is what really encouraged me in the Autumn Nations Series this season.“We went 14-0 down against New Zealand after seven minutes, and in the next 53 minutes we were 23-0 up on the scoreboard (Scotland scored 23 unanswered points).

That takes a lot of leadership from the players and accuracy to get back and score the points.“It’s being aware that things will sometimes go against you and maybe you will go behind.

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