Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

We Are Going to Click - Care; Scrum-Half Anticipating Special Murrayfield Display

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

We Are Going to Click - Care; Scrum-Half Anticipating Special Murrayfield Display

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DANNY Care is convinced Eng-land are ready to produce "something special" in the Calcutta Cup showdown with Scotland.

Martin Johnson has shown faith in his misfiring backs for the trip to Murrayfield, despite concerns over their lack of cutting edge and inability to score tries. But Care believes there is a performance brewing - and he is determined to repay that loyalty tomorrow by unleashing the as-yet-unseen potential in England's back division.

"We have shown glimpses of how good we can be. We have just lacked a clinical edge in finishing off the tries," said the scrum-half.

"We are working hard every day in training on that last finishing touch - and when it does click I think it will be something really special. Hopefully we can do that this weekend.

"It is great to have the confidence from the coaches to get a run in the team because we are never going to improve if we keep chopping and changing every game.

"Hopefully we can put in a strong performance and get a win."

Care's ambitions may seem a little farfetched, given neither of the last two Calcutta Cup matches at Murrayfield have yielded a win for England or even a try. England have to go back to 2004, when they were newly-crowned world champions and put 35 points on Scotland, for a performance at Murrayfield that could be described as anywhere close to fluid.

The theme of missed try-scoring opportunities has been constant throughout Johnson's reign and attack coach Brian Smith addressed it again this week, claiming the players had let themselves down.

There is no doubt the red rose back division are a frustrated bunch and fullback Delon Armitage could not hide his desire to prove that England can do more than talk a good game and make excuses.

"We've got players whose strength is coming from deep and beating players and we haven't used them. We've talked about it but we haven't done it," he said.

"We can't keep saying we're going to use it. There's no better time than right now to do it."

The finger has been pointed quite firmly at Jonny Wilkinson, with critics arguing that the former Newcastle Falcons star is not a natural playmaker, decision-maker or a back-line general. …

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