Gavin Hastings urges Scotland not to fall for Eddie Jones' mind games 

Gavin Hastings has told Scotland's players to ignore the Eddie Jones
mind games because he fears they have enough to worry about ahead of Saturday's trip to Twickenham.
The 1990 Grand Slam legend has watched with interest as the likes of Finn Russell and Ryan Wilson have laughed off the England head coach's comments in the build-up to the Calcutta Cup encounter. 
Hastings insists that is the right approach - because he fears for the outcome against an Auld Enemy side still reeling from their defeat at BT Murrayfield last year.
'Eddie knows exactly what he is doing,' Hastings told Sportsmail. 'He is trying to push the buttons of the Scotland players. I honestly don't think we want to rise to his comments. I think we should just ignore him. The things he is saying aren't worth worrying about.
'It is important that the players have reacted the way they have.
'If they did anything else other than laugh it off then he would be saying he has got to us. Scotland are doing the right thing by not reacting to it.
'As well as trying to get under the skin of the Scotland players, he is also trying to subtly motivate his own squad with his words. He is going public by saying how much it hurt him last year to lose at Murrayfield and accusing the Scots of things.
'It will maybe fire up his own players a little bit more, too. If that is a side effect of Eddie's mind games that is bad news for Scotland.' 
Hastings was already worried about what would happen at Twickenham even before Jones turned up the heat. He has been disappointed and frustrated at Scotland in this season's campaign and their dreadful record at Twickenham also makes his blood run cold.
Hastings played in a golden era of Scottish rugby that produced world-class players such as himself, David Sole, Craig Chalmers, Gary Armstrong and John Jeffrey. Yet he never managed to win at Twickenham in four attempts in 1987, 1991, 1993 and 1995.
'I know how hard it is to win there,' he said. 'We had some very good players in my era but never came away with a win. The loss by 24-12 in 1995 was hardest to take as it was the final game and we were going for the Grand Slam - and lost.
'Look, it is hard enough to beat England, full stop. I only did it twice in my whole career and never at Twickenham. Give them home advantage and they're formidable.' 
So what chance does he give this current injury-ravaged, under- performing Scotland team of becoming the first to win at the home of English rugby for 36 years?
Usually the eternal optimist when it comes to Scotland's chances in any match, Hastings doesn't mince his words.
'Anyone thinking we have got more than the tiniest of possibilities, the slimmest of chances, of winning at Twickenham, well I am sorry to say are very wrong,' he said.
'This is going to be backs-to-the-wall stuff. Everybody will have to fight for every scrap of possession. 
'Every last-ditch tackle will have to be spot-on. Every conceivable thing the Scotland players have ever done well out on a rugby pitch in their lives, they have to do it again times ten at Twickenham to just stay in the game.
'Expectations should be low and the Scotland players just have to produce a performance, in my opinion, that everybody can be proud of.
'If it happens to be good enough to win the game, that will be amazing - and one of the greatest ever results in Scottish rugby history. But that isn't going to happen and we all should be realistic enough to realise that.
'As long as the Scotland team put in a performance that makes the fans proud, then I for one will be happy.' 
Hastings had great expectations before the start of the Six Nations as the fixture list had been kind. With home games against Italy, Ireland and Wales and away contests against France and England, he was confident a few wins would be on the board before the trip to Twickenham.
'I sit here a few days before the final game against England feeling a mixture of frustration and disappointment,' the 61-time capped full-back told Sportsmail. 'I really did think we would do better than we have.
'We have had chances in all our games we lost. The opposition has scored tries off our mistakes and inability to retain possession. Everybody will look back and say this was a championship we could have done so much better in.
'The win over Italy at home I felt was a given. The defeat to Ireland was a patchy performance but we didn't do well against France in Paris. Perhaps the most frustrating defeat was the one to Wales. That was tough to take.' 
Hastings, whose son Adam came off the bench in that match, makes clear he is not trying to be too critical but felt questions had to be raised over Scotland's decision to continually kick to the corner rather than take kickable penalties.
'Losing can become a habit just as much as winning can become a habit,' he said. 
'Sometimes you have to do what it takes to stop the rot. I loathe to be critical but I am putting questions out there as to why we didn't just go for goal against Wales?
'We were just four points behind after Darcy Graham got that try and we had about 20 minutes left, I think, and had a few possibly kickable penalties after that.
'Scotland must know the stats. From watching them all season, they don't score that many times from a driving line-out, whether it is five metres out or whatever. We don't do that very often.
'What is the point of stats if we don't use them for our benefit. I am not wishing to be controversial but am just trying to give my honest opinion.
'There are times that it seems to lots of people in the stand we should simply kick for goal and draw closer to Wales and put them under a bit of pressure by closing in on them on the scoreboard.
'I can't understand why, with two competent kickers in Finn Russell and Greig Laidlaw, we didn't go for a couple of penalties we were awarded.
'One successful kick would have taken us to within a point. Another would have put us ahead. It is frustrating to me that we didn't do that.
'A win there would have helped our confidence a lot going down to Twickenham but we don't have that momentum boost unfortunately.
'It could be a long 80 minutes.' 
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