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England number nine targets Murrayfield response

Last Updated: 01/03/10 5:09pm

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Care: Gunning for Scotland response

Care: Gunning for Scotland response

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Scrum-half Danny Care has spoken of his determination to avenge "one of the biggest disappointments" of his career with victory over Scotland at Murrayfield.

"We probably played the best rugby over 80 minutes and to get three points ahead with a few minutes to go, we thought we could hold out."
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The England and Harlequins number nine was left devastated after Saturday's agonising 20-16 defeat to Ireland in the RBS Six Nations.

The result left England's Grand Slam dream in tatters, and Care admitted the manner in which Ireland claimed victory made the loss even harder to digest.

Care and his team-mates let slip a 16-13 lead in the second half as Tommy Bowe raced over for the match-winning try six minutes from time.

England must now beat Scotland in Edinburgh on March 13 to keep their fading title hopes alive.

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Care said: "That was probably one of the biggest games of my career so far - at home to Ireland in the Six Nations - and so losing makes it one of the biggest disappointments.

"It is just so frustrating. We probably played the best rugby over 80 minutes and to get three points ahead with a few minutes to go, we thought we could hold out.

"We were two from two and would have loved to make it three from three. By no means are we out of the competition yet and hopefully we will come back for the Scotland game firing."

Murrayfield has not always been a happy hunting ground for England teams and Scotland will also be gunning for a response after crashing to defeat against Italy in Rome.

England centre Riki Flutey admitted England must sharpen their cutting edge before facing a Scotland side who produced an heroic defensive effort to beat Australia last autumn.

"Ireland took their opportunities in our 22 and that is an area we have to look at in our own game, scanning the defensive line and looking for openings not ball-watching," said Flutey.

"We also need to work on our first-phase defence because giving away easy points (in Bowe's second try) is unacceptable."

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