His charm offensive included dubbing the Glasgow stand-off a "world-class" operator while he even compared the style of Gregor Townsend's team to the All Blacks'.
Television footage of the incident that took place shortly before kick-off of Scotland's 25-13 victory on Saturday appears to show a scuffle between Farrell and Ryan Wilson that ended when they were pulled apart by team-mates. Unfortunately, the lesson isn't sometimes nice to take, but it's a great lesson for us.
"I think today the team was world class, not just an individual". They've scored tries, so they are not going to be a walkover.
Instead, Barclay is concentrating on ensuring the Scots do not allow the kind of mistakes that sent them crashing in their tournament opener against Wales earlier this month.
Scotland recycled possession and, off the back of a ruck, Russell's cut-out ball sent left wing Maitland in at the corner.
Eddie Jones bristles when asked if England's progress has stalled and 24 wins from 26 Tests remains an outstanding record, but Murrayfield is a significant setback that has punctured the aura of invincibility that was returning after last year's Grand Slam defeat in Dublin. If that occurs, it could have repercussions for England and Scotland's next games with France and Ireland, respectively. Hugo Boss, Mont Blanc - they come in and out.
"What we want to know about ourselves is that we can tough it out in any situation", said Jones, who has recalled No 8 Nathan Hughes in place of the injured Sam Simmonds in the only change to his starting XV.
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"Scotland were magnificent and showed conclusively that the quality they displayed in defeat by New Zealand in November, and against a 14-man Australia, was not false or an illusion", Woodward wrote.
"Wales gave away two penalties in the whole game - I don't know if that's ever been done before, that disciplined. I was first in after the warm-up to relieve myself", Barclay said.
It set the scene for a captivating 138th instalment of the sport's oldest worldwide fixture, but from the start it was Scotland who produced most of the fireworks.
"They had a very clear strategy, a few calls here or there and the game could have gone the other way". "We knew how important this week was going to be, what it meant to our supporters and the players played with some real pride". "He has accepted and understood the responsibility more", Jones said.
"It was important for us to win against France just to get some points on the board and we did that".
She added: "We were at full capacity during the first game, so we had a queue stretching up the road, lots of people were trying to get in and have drinks before the Scotland match".