Haskell reveals relief after win

Date published: February 8 2016

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England's James Haskell revealed the relief he felt after edging Scotland 15-9 at Murrayfield on the weekend.

The loose forward indicated that it is never easy to travel to the home of Scottish rugby and get a victory, with the fans at Murrayfield often inspiring their players to perform great feats.

Haskell was even quoted last week as saying he would accept an ugly win over their northern foes, so the two tries to zero win is a great result in his books.

"It is always a relief when you come away from Murrayfield with a victory," quipped the 30-year-old on the official RBS Six Nations website.

"I grew up watching teams come to Edinburgh and have Grand Slams and RBS Six Nations titles ruined."

Haskell went on to heap praise on Scotland, citing their form in the Rugby World Cup last year, where they were on the verge of what would have been a memorable win over Australia. 

"Scotland are a massively improved team," he added.

"They were unlucky not to be playing in the semi-final of the World Cup and we knew they were going to be dangerous.

"We believed we could win, but this is a very difficult place to come and you want to start the Six Nations in a good way.

"It's been difficult times for English rugby. This is the first time we've played since the World Cup and it was important to get that victory.

"But we haven't done too much because it's such a long journey through the rest of the RBS Six Nations."

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