Scott Cummings believes the team showed great maturity to come back from 10-0 down to beat England on Saturday. 

George Furbank's early try, plus the conversion and a penalty from George Ford had given the visitors a perfect start at Scottish Gas Murrayfield before a Duhan van der Merwe hat-trick turned the game in Scotland's favour. 

Speaking after the match, Cummings was disappointed with Scotland's start.

He said: "It’s quite funny with Scotland, sometimes we just need that ignition to just spark us. The start wasn’t great, we didn’t react well to what England were doing at all. We were too flat and they were flying up and hitting us hard.

"We were trying to force things a bit too much so we learned from that quickly and adapted one or two things. We’re happy with how it turned out in the end." 

He believes the turnaround is evidence of growth in the team. 

"The events of losing at the World Cup, we try to learn from that," he said.

"Those are things we have to learn from and if we don’t we’re not going to progress as a team. We’re definitely trying to have different ways of playing.

Scotland Rugby News: Scott Cummings in action against FranceScott Cummings in action against France (Image: SNS)

"You saw the France game, we weren’t chucking the ball about as much as Scotland have in the past couple of years but you’ve got to play the right type of rugby in the right situations."

And while Scotland got the win over England - a fourth in succession - the Glasgow lock knows there is more to come from the team. 

Cummings said: "We feel we can still be better than that. There’s some things we’re doing that still aren’t clicking perfectly. That’s Test rugby, it’s not always going to be perfect.

"We still feel we’ve got a better performance than that, so we’ll be looking to put that out there in Italy."

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Cummings has featured in all three games so far, replacing Richie Gray in Cardiff before starting alongside Grant Gilchrist against France and England. 

He's pleased to be back in the team and hitting his best form. 

He added: "I’ve always said I’ll do whatever job in the team but at the end of the day, I want to start – everyone does. It’s up to me to keep performing because there’s a lot of great second rows behind." 

While all eyes were on man of the moment van der Merwe post match, Cummings said he takes delight in being part of the forward effort that lays the foundations for Scotland's star-studded back division. 

He said: "We’ve got some amazing backs and it’s the forwards' job to put them on a platform.

"I feel like with Scotland we might not get the glory in the forwards but we know the backs get that and it’s our job to get that for the backs and we’re happy doing that hard work for them.  

Scotland Rugby News: Scotland hat-trick hero Duhan van der MerweScotland hat-trick hero Duhan van der Merwe (Image: PA)

"We’ve got some amazing strike runners and if we can do a good job getting front-foot ball we’re going to provide a good platform for our backs to play off. "

Cummings said he was pleased with the success of the set-piece in the win over England, but admitted neither side enjoyed dominance, particularly at the lineout. 

Reflecting on a "tough battle" he said: "Maro Itoje and [Ollie] Chessum put pretty good pressure on our lineout, we got one or two pressures on theirs as well.

"I think as a whole we were pretty happy with how it went. There wasn’t too much dominance on either side."

But he is enjoying his partnership with Edinburgh veteran Gilchrist, and believes they compliment each other well. 

He added: "I like playing with Grant, we’ve got a good system. He leads in some areas – he's got great experience in that area [lineout calling] so he leads in that, and I can lead a bit more on the defensive side of things.

"We split responsibilities and work off each other."

He wasn't giving anything away when asked if Scotland had changed anything about their lineout given it has struggled at key moments both in this championship and at the World Cup. 

"It’s just learning from experiences," he said. 

Cummings added: "You learn from games and we try to adapt certain things we’ve been doing,"  

Looking ahead to round four, the 27-year-old knows Italy will pose a huge challenge as they look to avoid another Six Nations wooden spoon. 

The Azzurri were within the width of a post of upsetting France in Lille on Sunday in a match the hosts played for 40 minutes with 14 men following the sending off of Jonathan Danty. 

Cummings, speaking before that match had been played, said: "It’s a massive game out in Rome. Italy are going well. They are a really good team with a lot of good young players that are putting their hand forward for them.

"It’s going to be tough, it’s always tough going out to Italy, so we’re really excited about it and can’t wait to dig into it."

Meanwhile, the Glasgow lock also defended the 'smart' mouthguard technology despite criticism from Gregor Townsend. 

Townsend said he was wary of the introduction of the mouthguards - a first for this year's Six Nations - after losing Zander Fagerson and George Turner for head injury assessments in the last two games.

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But Cummings said he backs the technology.

He said: "It’s brought in to try and protect us. Obviously it’s frustrating on the pitch when you’re called off, but I back the whole set-up."