|Six Nations: England v Scotland|
|England (31) 38|
|Tries:Nowell, Curry, Launchbury, Would possibly maybe possibly maybe, FordCons:Farrell 4 FordPen:Farrell|
|Scotland (7) 38|
|Tries:McInally, Graham 2, Bradbury, Russell, JohnsonCons:Russell 2, Laidlaw 2|
England and Scotland fought out an excellent plot in essentially the most unparalleled match in their 148-one year rivalry.
England, whose title hopes were ended byWales’ take over Eire,raced right into a 31-level lead in as many minutes.
But Stuart McInally broke decided before Darcy Graham (twice), Magnus Bradbury and Finn Russell crossed in a 2d-half blitz that made it 31-31.
Sam Johnson scored a reputedly decisive are attempting unhurried on, very top for England’s George Ford to own it 38-38 at the *****.
No topic the extraordinary drama, either side appeared deflated on the last whistle.
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No topic defending the Calcutta Cup, Scotland had to with regards to terms with being denied the ideally suited comeback in prime-stage global historical previous – and an smash to a 36-one year Twickenham hoodoo – within the last play of the sport.
England, with coach Eddie Jones wanting on furiously from above, had saved themselves from an embarrassing defeat, however will face a brutal inquest into their 2d-half conceal and extra questions over their focus and consistency in big fits, no longer as a lot as six months before the World Cup.
England breeze rampant
A critical are attempting after 66 seconds. A bonus level internal 29 minutes. England’s ideally suited half-time lead ever against Scotland.
Within the first 40 minutes, there used to be a chasm-be pleased disparity between the global sport’s oldest adversaries.
Hover Jack Nowell started England’s onslaught as he stepped contained within the cowl to ranking within the 2d minute.
A wise short line-out used to be then driven over for Tom Curry’s ranking and Ellis Genge, on for the injured Ben Moon within the fourth minute, sprung fellow prop Kyle Sinckler through a gap within the produce-as a lot as Joe Launchbury diving in.
When Henry Slade flicked a pass out the aid of his hand for Jonny Would possibly maybe possibly maybe to stroll in, it felt be pleased there used to be an factor of showboating in England’s efficiency.
Jones had said before the match that it used to be a possibility to “bid that we’re the suitable personnel within the Six Nations” and with nine tries bigger than any individual else within the championship at that level, it appeared his aspect were making the assertion he wanted as they took a 31-0 lead.
Scotland surge aid
What followed used to be six unanswered Scotland tries that insecure an unsuspecting Twickenham.
Flanker-was-hooker Stuart McInally’s fee-down and fee dwelling from 55 metres out gave the company one thing before the ruin.
At that stage, it had appeared minute bigger than a comfort.
But, within the 2d half, Scotland made gentle of the weight of historical previous and an ruin-ravaged squad as their backline realised their capability for pretty, defence-shredding play.
Within the effect of 13 surreal minutes, Graham jinked over following quicksilver interaction, Ali Tag’s chip willing the bottom for Bradbury’s ranking, a looping miss-pass from Russell sprang Graham and within the smash Russell snaffled an interception from opposite number Farrell to stage the ratings.
A reeling England appeared to come by their balance very top for Johnson to barrel over within the 76th minute. On the level of a victory for the ages and with the clock within the pink though, they’ll no longer preserve out.
It used to be a efficiency that confirmed the suitable and worst of Gregor Townsend’s aspect with their lack of forward heft and classic errors perfectly counter-balanced by their flashes of attacking brilliance.
Man of the match – Finn Russell (Scotland)
What the pundits said
Passe Scotland scrum-half Andy Nicol:“I do no longer know who to feel. Am I overjoyed we bought support in or am I gutted we bought right into a profitable effect and didn’t own it? There were clearly machine errors within the first half and the physique language wasn’t spacious however they was it round and the positives positively outweighed the negatives.”
Passe England scrum-half Matt Dawson:“I am overjoyed how the Scots aid into it. I am aggravated as an Englishman I in fact hang by no procedure seen a aspect to find so a long way forward and almost lose it.”
Passe England cruise-half Paul Grayson:“I possess Owen Farrell’s job spec is so big. The fat captaincy on his contain is a big question. When England bought into pains against Wales and Scotland, he has bought so unparalleled on his plate, that perchance he loses himself.”
BBC rugby union correspondent Chris Jones:“There are such deal of questions that remain about England. Alternatively tantalizing they be taught about when they are real, when they are off it, they’ll be taught about be pleased the wheels are falling off.”
England:Daly, Nowell, Ashton, Tuilagi, Would possibly maybe possibly maybe, Farrell, Youngs, Moon, George, Sinckler, Launchbury, Kruis, Wilson, Curry, B. Vunipola.
Replacements: Genge for Moon (4), Te’o for Tuilagi (77), Ford for Farrell (70), Spencer for Youngs (74), Cowan-Dickie for George (74), Cole for Sinckler (51), Hughes for Launchbury (74), Shields for Wilson (62).
Scotland:Maitland, D. Graham, Grigg, Johnson, McGuigan, Russell, Tag, Dell, McInally, Nel, Toolis, Gilchrist, Skinner, Watson, Bradbury.
Replacements: Hastings for Maitland (68), Harris for Grigg (57), Laidlaw for Tag (57), Reid for Dell (forty five), Brown for McInally (57), Berghan for Nel (61), Grey for Gilchrist (57), Strauss for Skinner (57).