The Scots, who have not won at Twickenham for 34 years, have been emboldened by England’s bemusement when confronted with Italy’s ‘Fox’ tactic a fortnight ago.
They looked on from north of the border with a degree of incredulousness at the repeated success of a ploy which they claimed they would have countered much more quickly and the subsequent calls from an enraged Jones for the offside rule to be changed.
“I don’t know what all the hoo-ha was about. It has been done before. It’s just one of those things you have to adjust to. It’s a pretty simple fix to get round it,” said Scotland hooker Ross Ford.
“It’s not the first time we’ve seen it. We had it done against us at Edinburgh when Glasgow tried it a couple of years ago. We dealt with it from the first kick-off
“We were kind of aware they were doing it because we’d seen them do it before and knew we needed to be ready for it. It’s one of those things you have to be prepared for.
Scotland hooker Ross Ford poked fun at England for making a big deal of Italy's tactics
Eddie Jones was far from happy with the tactics deployed by Italy
“Maybe they were caught up in the flow of the game, not getting their own way, they maybe got a bit flustered but that’s something you have to deal with.
“There’s always words coming on from coaches up top feeding in information on things you could do better. Maybe the messages didn’t get down quite quickly enough or there was no opportunity.
“There’s nothing wrong with it, it’s just a way of disrupting a team’s flow but if you do it you leave yourself exposed in other ways. It opens up different areas and places to attack and England managed to sort it out and look dangerous once they did.”
The five tries England ran in during the second half was a reminder of what they can do when order is restored but the hope the Scots are clinging onto as they attempt to break their Twickenham hoodoo is that an upset is on if they can unsettle Jones’s men as well.
The Fox is unlikely to be released again by them – England did suss the up-the-jumper antidote eventually – but Scotland have been working on their own curveball tactics at their spanking new Oriam training facility west of Edinburgh.
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“When you’re analysing teams you’re looking at ways to disrupt them and their flow to give yourself an opportunity. When they’re under pressure they’re maybe not thinking too clearly,” said Ford.
“You’re always looking for ways into the game. England are no different. There’s ways into the game against them that we can target and get to them.”
Such has been the one-way traffic in the Calcutta Cup in recent seasons that Ford is the only player in the Scotland squad who knows what victory against England feels like having been part of the 2008 vintage which triumphed at Murrayfield.
If successive Scotland sides came south firing blanks in succeeding years, they will arrive at Twickenham this weekend with a whiff of danger about them.
The total of 11 tries in last season’s championship was the most since the tournament expanded to Six Nations and with seven already in this campaign they are on the way to topping it.
“It’s clicking, isn’t it?” said wing Sean Maitland. “Finn Russell is pulling the strings and when he is going forward we can do anything.
“I think it’s a matter of confidence as well. The boys are happy to have a go and chuck the ball around and it has been paying off.”
The artistic merit is all very well but all that really matters in a Calcutta Cup match is victory.
As Scotland coach Vern Cotter barked to his players during one piece of over-elaboration in training yesterday: “it’s not ice skating. You don’t get points for it.”
It is ‘how many’ not ‘how’ which the gruff Kiwi cares about as he targets a first triple crown for Scotland since 1990.
“That was as close to a joke as Vern gets but he’s right,” said Scarlets back row John Barclay who will again captain the side in Greig Laidlaw’s absence. You want to win these games and there are many ways to do that.”
Brawn will not do it for Scotland but their belief is that brain just might.