Six Nations Rugby | Curry: We have to think and be better

Scotland have won consecutive Calcutta Cup matches for the first time since 1984 after a late penalty try, which saw Cowan-Dickie condemned for deliberately slapping a cross kick out of play, was followed by a winning penalty. kick from Finn Russell.

But although his first game as skipper ended in disappointment, Curry was full of praise for Scotland and saw positives in England’s performance.

“If we’re going to win big games and big moments like that, we can’t rely on a single moment in the game,” Curry said.

“So we’re going to tackle it (analyze the incident) and watch together, but it’s an 80-minute game and not a moment.

“We have to think and be better ourselves.

“Our emotions are up and down, up and down, in the first half I think we put ourselves in a really good position.

“In the second half, discipline probably cost us dearly, so this is just one of those games where we really have mixed emotions.

“But I think we have to give them credit. They put a lot of pressure on us in the breakdown and we were probably not precise enough ourselves, which slowed us down.

Curry admitted that while he was proud to lead his country in their opening Guinness Six Nations match in 2022, that was not the overriding emotion.

He added: “It was an emotional day but we only play rugby to win. So it’s bittersweet.

England head coach Eddie Jones also paid tribute to his opponents and lamented his side’s ability to be ruthless when at the top.

The defeat at BT Murrayfield means Jones’ side have now lost four of their last six matches in the Guinness Six Nations Championship.

“It was a good effort from our team,” he said. “Scotland were a bit better than us and took a chance.

“There was nothing in the game, it was a three point game that could have gone either way, but congratulations Scotland, and they deserve their win.

“We are not going to debate the decision at the end, the referee is responsible and we accept his decisions.

“We don’t assign any blame to Luke, he was just contesting a ball in a different area and the referee ruled it was a yellow card. We accept that.

“We only have ourselves to blame. It just goes back to the fact that we weren’t clinical enough today.

“But we will be next week.”

Despite the disappointing start, Jones added that his team would not give up on winning the championship just yet, even though their Grand Slam hopes were now dashed.

He said: “Given the quality of the competition. All we should worry about is the next game.
“So we are going to Italy next week and if we get a win against Italy we are back in the competition.”