Brown slams terrible Murrayfield pitch
February 9, 2014
Mike Brown celebrates his try © Getty Images
England's Mike Brown has slammed the Murrayfield turf saying the pitch was not suitable for an international match.
Brown, who scored one of England's two tries, was named Man of the Match for his impressive showing against Scotland and managed to make yards with ball in hand despite the condition of the parasite-infected pitch.
The Scottish Rugby Union is to install a hybrid artificial surface in time for next season, and Brown deemed it inadequate for Test rugby in its present form.
"It definitely has an impact when you play on a pitch like that," he said. "It's not really good enough to play an international game on that sort of turf. This is elite sport and an international game can get ruined by a pitch like that.
"I know Scotland want to play a bit more and we definitely want to play a bit more, but the condition of the pitch didn't really help. Owen Farrell is a phenomenal world-class goal-kicker and you could see he was slipping with his standing foot. A lot of lads did well to keep their footing.
"I'm sure they're doing the best they can to make it right but I'm not sure it's good enough to play an international match on that. I'm sure the Scotland players are as frustrated as us."
After back-to-back away games, England now return to Twickenham where they will host Ireland and Wales before concluding their title challenge against Italy in Rome. Brian O'Driscoll's side emerged impressive 26-3 winners over Wales in Dublin, setting up their eagerly awaited visit to London in two weeks' time.
"Ireland did a good job on Wales and it takes a very good side to do that," Brown said. "They'll want to spoil our party at Twickenham and we need to work hard to make sure they don't."
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