For England International Embarrassed By Treatment Of Scotland After England Win
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No longer minnows.
Former England international lock Ben Kay says he is a little bit embarrassed about how Scotland’s Six Nations win over England has been reported on.
The Scots secured their first win over their rivals in ten years on Saturday, but Kay believes it should not be such a huge surprise given Scotland’s recent form, especially at home.
Scotland have only lost once at home once in their last ten games, and that was to world champions New Zealand, who only edged them by 5 points.
“I almost feel a little bit embarrassed about how it’s been reported south of the border. That it was all England’s fault, they were rubbish.” Kay said on Rugby Tonight.
“And even north of the border, the surprise that it’s been met with.”
“Because if you look at Scotland’s results over the last few years, particularly their last 20 games at Murrayfield, the only team they’ve lost to in 10 games is New Zealand. And they lost to New Zealand by 5 points.”
The Rugby World Cup winning lock says we wouldn’t be saying the same thing if Australia beat Scotland, who Gregor Townsend’s men have beaten in their last two outings, home and away.
“The one I want to point out, and why I find it a bit disrespectful to Scotland…” Kay added
“If New Zealand, as they did in the summer, lose to Australia, people don’t think should we sack the coach. New Zealand are faltering because they lost to Australia.”
“Scotland, they lost in the quarter final (of the 2015 Rugby World Cup) to Australia by one point, a game if it were not for a refereeing decision probably would have won.”
“They then lost by a point the next time they played them in the Autumn Internationals. And the last two games they’ve won. Both away in Australia and they humped them last Autumn.”
“So why we’re talking about Scotland as some “minnow” team, when we’d never say that about Australia if England had been beaten by (them).
"Why are we talking about Scotland as some minnow team?"
"I almost feel embarrassed about how it's been reported."
— Rugby on BT Sport (@btsportrugby) March 1, 2018