Captain Chris Cusiter insists Scotland can avoid the wooden spoon and win in their RBS 6 Nations clash against England at Murrayfield.
Andy Robinson’s men are the only team without a win in the championship so far this year and look set to finish bottom of the table.
England travel north of the border for the 127th meeting between the bitter rivals and Cusiter insists his team-mates are ready to upset the odds.
“We have to get over that finishing line,” said Cusiter. “We haven’t managed it yet in this championship but we are not far away.
“I understand all the history and the patriotism of the game, but that’s very much a side issue for us because for us it’s about a game of rugby - 15 versus 15.
“We won’t change our attitude or approach to the game because it’s England, but there is an excitement about playing England.
“I have played against a lot of English teams and against England a few times, and it is always a massive physical challenge, and to be in the game you have to front up physically.
“That’s an absolute necessity, whether it’s down at Twickenham or at Murrayfield it’s always a huge physical game.”