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Crushing defeat for visitors

England put Scots to sword in record win

Six Nations: England 61 Scotland 21
England ruthlessly swept aside any dreams Scotland may have had of securing their first victory at Twickenham for 34 years with a record points haul in the fixture.
The hosts retained the Six Nations title and equalled New Zealand’s world record for consecutive Test wins with a seven-try demolition of the visitors who had no answer to England’s strength and speed.

Man of the match Jonathan Joseph scored three tries, supplemented by one each for Anthony Watson and Billy Vunipola, and two for Danny Care. Owen Farrell kicked 26 points.

It means England face Ireland in Dublin next weekend with both consecutive Grand Slams and a world record of 19 Test wins in their sights.

Despite scoring three tries of their own, Scotland were simply overwhelmed, paying the price for a poor first-half performance which left them with an insurmountable challenge, trailing 30 points to 7.

Once Farrell kicked to put England on 47 points, he marked a record scored for his team against the Scots

They lost Stuart Hogg and his replacement Mark Bennett early and were forced to play the majority of the contest with scrum-half Ali Price on the wing.

Scotland captain John Barclay said: “We just didn’t show up. We got off to a bad start and continued, our discipline was very poor and we gave away soft tries.

“You don’t win however many games in a row without being a good side so good luck to England. We are trying to move away from the tag of plucky losers but that wasn’t even that. We were useless.”

England Tries: Joseph 3, Watson, B Vunipola, Care 2 Cons: Farrell 7 Pens: Farrell 4

Scotland Tries: Reid, Jones 2 Cons: Russell 3

In the other fixture, France ended their poor Six Nations away form with a bonus-point win over Italy 40-18 in Rome, despite the Italians scoring the quickest try in the tournament.

Indian Wells: Andy Murray made a surprise second-round exit, losing 6-4 7-6 (7-5) to qualifier Vasek Pospisil.

The world number one, who had a first-round bye, was broken four times by the Canadian world number 129.

Murray, 29, struggled with Pospisil’s serve-and-volley style. It was the first victory for Pospisil, 26, in five meetings with Murray.

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