Scotland No 8 Ryan Wilson celebrates with the Calcutta Cup.
Scotland No 8 Ryan Wilson celebrates with the Calcutta Cup.

Purple reign! Scotland stun England in Six Nations boilover

SCOTLAND ended England's Grand Slam hopes in the Six Nations by winning 25-13 at Murrayfield for a first victory over its fierce rival in a decade.

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.

England came out for the second half 22-6 down - its largest halftime deficit in 136 meetings against Scotland - and scored its only try almost immediately through centre Owen Farrell.

It didn't spark a comeback, though.

The Scots' defending was brilliant, they dominated the breakdown, and England's chances all but ended when replacement Sam Underhill was sin-binned for a no arms tackle in the 66th minute, when the score was 22-13.

 

Scotland celebrate beating England with the Calcutta Cup at Murrayfield.
Scotland celebrate beating England with the Calcutta Cup at Murrayfield.

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

"They were too good for us," Jones said.

"Unfortunately we just weren't in the game for the first 40 minutes. We knew what we were going to get, but we just couldn't meet the challenge."

Scotland's last win over England in the Calcutta Cup was 15-9 in the 2008 Six Nations.

They relied on penalties that day but this was a different story altogether.

Jones, a star in the making, kicked forward and gathered to ground in the 15th minute for Scotland's first home try against the English since 2004.

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.

Centre Huw Jones runs in Scotland’s third try at Murrayfield.
Centre Huw Jones runs in Scotland’s third try at Murrayfield.

He has 10 tries in 14 Tests, having also crossed twice in Scotland's humiliating 61-21 loss at Twickenham last year and against Samoa, New Zealand, and Australia in the autumn.

Winger Sean Maitland crossed for the other try - from a move started by Jones' 60 metre break down the right.

Russell, another of Scotland's star players, floated a miss pass over to Maitland, who dived in at the corner.

Scotland started with a dismal loss in Wales but rebounded by beating France in round two. Like England, the Scots have two wins from three and can still win the Six Nations.

"We were fuelled by last year and the disappointment of the Wales game," Scotland captain John Barclay said.

"We said after that we didn't become a bad team overnight. That win blows the competition open now."

England's only other loss under Jones was against Ireland last March, denying the team a second straight Grand Slam.

"This is going to be part of the journey, we'll learn from this," said England captain Dylan Hartley, who, like Jones, highlighted the team's passiveness at the breakdown.

Before the match, there was a scuffle near the tunnel involving Farrell, Barclay and a slew of players as the teams trotted off the field after the warm-up.


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