first_imgShare on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Rugby union Read more Share on Pinterest The precarious balance in Test rugby between keeping a cool head and being up for the fight is one which Scotland have not always been able to find come Calcutta Cup time, according to Gordon Reid.The London Irish loosehead prop believes that being emotionally overwrought was one reason his team lost so heavily at Twickenham last year, and that, when they welcome England to Murrayfield on Saturday, they will need to find a better equilibrium between passion and rationality than they did in that 61-21 defeat.“It showed the importance of keeping a lid on things the last time we were down there,” said Reid, who is expected to hold on to the No 1 jersey when Gregor Townsend announces his team at lunchtime today. “Last year we let our emotions get to us a little bit too much and that resulted in them beating us by a hefty amount. Topics Share via Email news “So it’s a huge thing for us to keep level-minded and keep our heads strong going into the game. It’s a massive game, especially for Scotland, and we’re playing a side that, with Eddie Jones as coach and all the players they’ve got to call on, I think is the best team in the world just now.“The game against New Zealand [in November] was also a massive game, but we just need to step up to these games and not play the occasion. I just feel that we need to forget about how big a game it is and just go in there with clear heads.”Away from the pitch at least, Reid is invariably able to remain clearheaded and lighthearted, as was shown by his answer to a question about the tests he had to undergo this season after a couple of concussions. “They identified that I had a brain, so that was quite good. I tried to get a dodgy doctor so he could just sign me off, but there was none of them kicking about so I had to go and see a specialist, who identified that I was totally crazy and that I had to have a couple of months off.” Share on WhatsApp Sign up to the Breakdown for the latest rugby union news Since you’re here… Support The Guardian Six Nations 2018 … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Scotland rugby union team Six Nations Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img

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