Scotland score upset win over England in Six Nations at Murrayfield

Erica Murray
February 25, 2018

England, bidding for a second Grand Slam in three years were overwhelmed by a sea of blue at the breakdown and the exuberance of Scotland's Huw Jones.

England suffered their biggest upset of the Eddie Jones regime as Scotland lifted the Calcutta Cup for the first time in a decade. It was as near as they could get to exactly 100 years from the first worldwide rugby match anywhere in the world - which was between England and Scotland.

Scotland started with a dismal loss in Wales but rebounded by beating France in round two.

"I predicted Finn Russell would be man of the match on Friday", Barclay told the BBC. "He's one of the best stand-offs in the world I believe".

'We're ready for whatever they throw at us, ' they said.

"It's human nature, unfortunately we just weren't in the game for the first 40 minutes".

However, England were blown away in the first-half at Murrayfield and went into the break trailing with the scoreline at 22-6 following Huw Jones' double and Sean Maitland's try in the 31st minute.

Asked if that had had any bearing on the match, Eddie Jones said: "I don't know, I don't think so, these things happen".

The visitors roared out after the interval, knowing Ireland had beaten Wales earlier in the day and secured a bonus point, but could not add to Owen Farrell's touchdown and now face a daunting trip to Paris on 10 March, while Scotland will hope to maintain form and blow the competition wide open when they head to Dublin on the same day.

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

Farrell immediately cut the deficit, but England were poor with ball in hand and Scotland made them pay with a spectacular score. He has 10 tries in 14 tests.

His long pass from just outside the 22 released Jones who sprinted clear before being tackled by wing Jonny May.

At 15-6 down, a series of attacking penalties hampered England and their indiscipline was compounded shortly before halftime when Jones burst through and held off Mike Brown and Anthony Watson to score.

Laidlaw missed the tricky conversion but Scotland led 15-6.

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.

Farrell cut the deficit to nine points early in the second half with a try off a pass from Care that the inside centre duly converted.

England had another "try" disallowed when Farrell was denied after replays showed flank Courtney Lawes had knocked on in the build-up when tackling Russell.

England then found themselves a man down with 14 minutes left when Sam Underhill was sin-binned for a risky challenge on opposing replacement Jamie Bhatti.

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