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Huw beauty as Scotland stun England

25 February, 2018, 00:14 | Author: Lula Armstrong
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It wasn't just the scoreline but the manner of the performance in the 25-13 win against England that should give Scottish rugby supporters so much heart.

The holders never recovered from a dismal opening 40 minutes and Scotland secured their first win over England in a decade.

Lee Mears expects England to overpower Scotland and stay on course to make history with a Calcutta Cup victory at Murrayfield on Saturday.

"We saw what Scotland can't do against the Welsh in the first game, but what they can do if you kick loosely to them, as the French found".

"We knew what we were going to get but we didn't meet the challenge today for some reason".

Scotland were unchanged from the side that beat France 32-26 last time out, with the mercurial Russell retained in the starting XV by coach Gregor Townsend.

Consigning England to only a second loss in 26 games under coach Eddie Jones, the Scots finally lived up to their hype by blowing away their neighbours in the first half and scoring three tries in the process - two of them by centre Huw Jones.

The always fiery nature of this fixture was reflected by BBC reports of a pre-match scuffle in the tunnel between England's Owen Farrell and Scotland's Ryan Wilson.

"We said after that we didn't become a bad team overnight".


Scotland had not scored a try against England at Murrayfield since wing Simon Danielli went over in 2004.

England thought they were about to score their second try when Care intercepted a loose pass from opposing scrum-half Laidlaw and sprinted clear but referee Nigel Owens penalised England lock Joe Launchbury for slowing the ball at the preceding ruck.

Farrell kept the visitors in touch with two penalties, but their attack was lethargic and in defence they simply could not contain Scotland with Russell and Jones combining to create the field position for Maitland to dive over in the corner.

Wing Sean Maitland crossed for the other try - from a move started by Jones' break down the right.

His other try might end up being the best of the tournament, breaking through a tackle just inside England's half and running 50 metres before bursting through two defenders to score.

Scotland received a major boost in the 66th minute as England's replacement flanker Sam Underhill was sin-binned for a no-arms tackle.

Flyhalf Finn Russell knocked over the penalty and the party could start in earnest in a fevered atmosphere.

However, Borthwick is confident Eddie Jones' side are savvy enough to overcome any similar antics as they continue their quest for the Grand Slam and their third consecutive Six Nations crown.

"That was as good a victory Scotland have had probably since 1986", former Scotland fullback Gavin Hastings said.

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