England will be ready for Scotland : Armitage

England back Delon Armitage says that England will be fully prepared to withstand any challenge a “dangerous” Scotland team will bring in Auckland on Saturday.


Scotland need to beat England by eight points or more to reach the quarter-finals while a victory for England would make them Pool B winners.


“They are dangerous but we are in the same situation,” Armitage told the BBC.


“Every year they come and try and turn us over. We will be ready for it.”


The twenty-seven-year-old London Irish back added, : “We are not thinking about what might happen – we are just thinking about playing Scotland and trying to get the result.


“Our focus is going in there ready to play a Test match against a tough Scotland team who need to win. We have to be ready for it.”


Armitage played for Mark Cueto while he was injured in England’s 13-9 victory over Argentina and the 41-10 victory over Georgia and scored on of England’s six tries.


He was however benched when Cueto returned to fitness for England’s 67-3 win over Romania when England manager Martin Johnson fielded his first choice back three of Cueto, Chris Ashton and Ben Foden reunited.


“I am very pleased with my form. There is still a lot more to come,” said Armitage.


“It was tough sitting on the bench against Romania, watching the two wings score a hat-trick and Foden getting over the line.


“I have been working very hard in the games before that and hopefully I get a run.


“If not, as long as England are doing well, the guys are scoring tries and we winning that is all that matters.”


Scotland head coach Andy Robinson says his team can upset the form book by defeating England despite having come off the back of a 13-12 loss to Argentina.


Robinson was in charge last year when Scotland were beaten 49-3 by New Zealand before bouncing back a week later with a 21-17 defeat of world champions South Africa.


“I think you just have to look at what happened after we played the All Blacks last year, where we were comfortably beaten,” said the former England coach.


“The following week we beat South Africa and we beat them with a comprehensive performance from everybody.


“We know what we need to do and there is total trust in the whole squad that mentally and physically they are able to rise to the challenge.


“Everybody understands that it is still in our control and we’ve got to go out and put in a top performance on Saturday against England.”


Scotland have not beaten England by eight points since 1986.

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