Despite England losing their opening RBS 6 Nations matches, coach Andy Robinson has chosen to hail his side's defence ahead of their Calcutta Cup clash with Scotland on Saturday.
Judging by the Scots' woeful first-half performance against Wales last weekend, England might be forgiven for expecting plenty of chance to come their own way this weekend.
Scotland trailed 38-3 at half-time and had conceded six tries before they managed to get a foothold on the game.
But after embattled coach Matt Williams made three half-time changes, Scotland came back to score three excellent tries and Robinson is preparing for them to carry the aggressive, determined style they uncovered in the second-half onto Twickenham.
''You have to give credit to Scotland for the way they performed in that second half against Wales and we know how they want to come out and perform against us,'' said Robinson.
''One key area where we have been superb is our defence and that attitude and lack of tries we have conceded. We really do have a superb defence this year. Tactically we have improved in the positions we have got ourselves into.''
Defence is Phil Larder's domain and while there is still plenty of room for improvement, he spoke with pride at England's record this championship.
''I am tremendously happy considering where we were at the end of the summer,'' Larder said.
''Against New Zealand and Australia we conceded 13 tries in three matches.
''In the Six Nations we have conceded three tries in four matches, fewer than any other nation.''
''The improvement has been quite dramatic. There is still improvement in us but we are well on the way to where I want to be.
''Everybody is talking in a negative way about Scotland.
''If you analyse them they have scored some great tries. The three they scored in the second-half against Wales were outstanding, the first try they scored against Ireland from their own 22 was outstanding so we are going to be tested this week.''
Robinson decided to name an unchanged side despite both hooker Andy Titterell and scrum-half Matt Dawson impressing off the bench last weekend.
''There were some decisions that were very close but the team has moved forward and we felt it was right not to make changes,'' said Robinson.
''We were very impressed with Andy Titterell when he came off the bench and we thought Matt Dawson did well. That is what we are looking for from our substitutes, that they come on and make an impact.
''I think Harry Ellis' performances at scrum-half are improving and Steve Thompson has got better and better.''
Ireland Under-20s may be the only unbeaten side after two rounds of this year's Under-20s Six Nations, but full-back Billy Dardis believes this weekend's clash with England will be a step up from anything that has come before.