Six Nations 2014: Scotland belief remains strong - Tim Swinson

Interview - Scotland lock Tim Swinson

Scotland remain positive and unified despite opening the 2014 Six Nations with two disappointing defeats, according to lock Tim Swinson.

Scott Johnson's side have conceded 48 points and scored just six in one-sided reverses to Ireland and England.

"We are staying together as a group, and that includes the coaches and backroom staff," said Swinson.

"We're going forward together until the end of the Six Nations and the next Six Nations and the World Cup."

England ran out comfortable 20-0 winners at Murrayfield on Saturday, with Scotland barely landing a blow on their visitors.

And the home side left the field with boos ringing out from the disgruntled Edinburgh crowd.

"It's never easy to lose a game against England, especially at Murrayfield - and by that points margin," Swinson, 26, told BBC Scotland.

"When you don't have that much possession, it's hard to play attacking rugby."

Swinson said Scotland could take positives from the fact they "kept fighting until the last minute".

He added: "England went for driving mauls in the last 10 minutes and we rebuffed every single one.

"I know it's not much to hang your hat on but resolve is huge. Without resolve, you can't go anywhere else. You can have all the coaching and technical ability in the world but you can't push forward without resolve at the heart of it all.

"At least in this Scotland squad we have the belief that we want to go somewhere and without that we can't really build."

Swinson felt Scotland's scrum and driving line-out "went well".

He added: "There were a couple of technical issues here and there throughout the game and that's the difference between winning and losing."

Winger Tommy Seymour, who made his Six Nations debut in Saturday's game, says Scotland are a better side than they have shown.

"But we need to start putting performances in that show that," he added. "We have quality players in this side that can win matches but we need to show people that.

"These first two matches of the Six Nations are not a true reflection of this squad at all. In parts we have shown what we are capable of. Some of the attack in Ireland and some of the defence against England were good. But it's about combining both those parts together.

"The good thing is that this group of players are pretty harsh on themselves and they know that wasn't good enough."

Head coach Scott Johnson said the only positive for his side against England was that the margin of defeat was not worse, and Seymour agreed.

"Johnno told us that England were in our 22 about 20 times," said the 25-year-old. "So there is a lot of praise to be given to the defence in that sense.

"I don't have that much work to do on that side because of my position but I know some of the guys in the pack and the centres who had a hell of a lot of work to do. They were tremendous.

"It's just a shame we weren't able to flip that around and combine it with some great attacking play."

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