Six Nations: Dylan Hartley ready to 'arm wrestle' with Scotland

Last Updated: 08/02/14 12:56pm

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Dylan Hartley is expecting a physical test from the Scots

Dylan Hartley is expecting a physical test from the Scots

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Dylan Hartley says he expects a 'physical approach' from Scotland when England run out at Murrayfield on Saturday.

Both sides lost their opening matches in the Six Nations Championship last weekend, with heavy rain forecast to play a major role in the outcome of the 120th Calcutta Cup clash in Edinburgh.

Looking ahead to the game, Hartley said: "I can imagine the Scots will be very physical and quite lumpy up front.

"If we get dragged into an arm-wrestle, I'm sure we can cope with it, but we don't want to do that.

"We want to do that bit of the game but then play elsewhere.

"Every game I've played against Scotland has been an arm-wrestle and we have to meet them head-on. It's never been a big scoreline.

"In recent years it's been one score to win the game and we've drawn against them as well.

"It's not niggly but there's always that arm-wrestle mentality. A lot of stoppages and a lot of set pieces.

"It's not about them not being good enough, it's just them playing to their strengths.

"It's smart rugby. They have a big, lumpy pack who can go toe-to-toe with most.

"If we can match them there, get parity or dominance, then get our carrying and handling game going, get them moving around, that's when we can find gaps to exploit."

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