Six Nations: David Denton reckons Scotland's standards have dropped this season
Last Updated: 13/02/14 1:58pm
David Denton: The Scotland forward has been frustrated by the Six Nations campaign
Scotland forward David Denton reckons Scotland have gone backwards in this year's Six Nations tournament.
The Edinburgh No 8 was in the side that lost 28-6 to Ireland in Dublin in their Championship opener.
And that performance was followed by a poorer display last Saturday as the Scots were fortunate to lose only 20-0 to England at Murrayfield.
Denton has been frustrated since last weekend's loss, but hopes the squad can bounce back in their wooden spoon decider against Italy.
"The biggest disappointment is that we never really played any rugby against England," Denton said.
"We spent massive parts of the game defending and you are never going to be in a rugby match like that if you don't have the ball.
"It's been a tough couple of weeks, losing convincingly to both Ireland and England.
"But it was the England game that hurt most. The Ireland game we let ourselves down because we should have been in it to the end and challenged for the win.
"But against England we were never in it. We did not put up a significant challenge against the English."
Skipper Greig Laidlaw also conceded the team has failed to deliver this season, but he insists Scotland can bounce back quickly.
"There was nobody more disappointed than myself, the rest of the boys and the management," said the Edinburgh scrum-half. "We just never got going in the game.
"But now we need to look forward. We have got three games left in the tournament and that makes each of them massive.
"We have got the players to turn it around. We just need to get out on the training field, train hard and take the things we need into the next game.
"But we have also got to play with our heads up. We let ourselves down at the weekend when we never picked our heads up.
"Italy will be a tough game and they will be targeting us as well. That's fine if they want to do that."