Six Nations

Scotland blown away as England prove too strong

Ellis Genge scores the only try of the game (pic: SNS Group)

Scotland 6 (0) England 13 (3)
Murrayfield


England’s strength was enough to win back the Calcutta Cup in a match defined as much by the filthy conditions as by any tactics.

The hosts had their moments but found few opportunities to break through a robust English defence and may have been left to wonder how much they missed the absent Finn Russell.

Wind and rain made it difficult for either team to find any consistency, leading to errors and missed kicks. It was the lowest scoring first half since 1966 when Scotland went on to win.

However, it was not to be the outcome this time, nor was there any indication that Scotland would repeat last year’s Twickenham heroics when they reduced a seemingly impossible deficit to draw and hold on to the trophy.

This time, it was the boot of Owen Farrell who once again proved the difference. He made up for missing a penalty on eight minutes by putting the visitors ahead three minutes later. However, the wind was again a factor when the captain missed for a second time on 26 minutes and helping to keep Scotland in the game.

Scotland began the second half more strongly, winning a penalty 10 metres from the England line two minutes into the restart but choosing to play for the try. Their pressure was rewarded with Hastings scoring their first penalty of the match after 45 minutes.

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