|England: (6) 6|
|Pens: Farrell 2|
|Scotland: (8) 11|
|Essay: Van der Merwe Pens: Russell 2|
Scotland earned its first victory at Twickenham since 1983, when the returning Finn Russell orchestrated a surprising 11-6 victory over England in the Six Nations.
Russell took advantage of the hosts’ poor discipline to give Scotland a three-point lead before putting Duhan van der Merwe ahead.
Reigning national champions England are six points behind and Russell’s rush was briefly interrupted by a yellow card.
But a resilient Scotland was not deterred and added another penalty kick.
England was considered the favorite for the tournament, but after France opened the Six Nations with a 50-10 defeat against Italy, their chances were suddenly diminished.
Scotland will try to improve on its fourth place finish from last year next weekend at Murrayfield against Wales.
It is one of three home games for the Scots in the 2021 Six Nations, with a crucial title hopes at stake in the third round in Paris.
Scotland carries the burden of the Twickenham story.
Wing Doohan van der Merwe scored Scotland’s only try.
The history of the Calcutta Cup competition is impeccable. It was the 150th anniversary of the first match between England and Scotland, and the fact that Scotland had not won at Twickenham in 38 years was an important moment in its development.
In the week leading up to the tournament, due to the coronavirus, all players were only allowed to be outside or in their rooms.
The joy of being freed from their confines, combined with a sense of opportunity, led both teams to the Twickenham pitch, but it was Scotland who seemed determined to break the shackles of such a long windless period south of the border.
England, who fielded a relatively inexperienced front line due to the absence of three experienced professional players, were awarded four penalties in the first five minutes.
The fourth goal enabled Russell, back on the international stage after a shoulder injury, to give Scotland the lead.
England’s lack of attacking ability was criticized when they won the fall Nations Cup and promised an improvement in 2021, but it was the visitors who shone in this area when debutant Cameron Redpath provided a breakthrough on several occasions.
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The mistake continued for the hosts. For the eighth missed penalty, referee Brace had had enough and sent number eight Billy Vunipola to the penalty area after he had caught him offside.
When England’s penalty kicks reached double figures, the visitors got their deserved reward.
It all started with Russell and went through the who’s who of the Scottish back line – the great Stuart Hogg, Redpath and the prostitute George Turner, who fed Van der Merwe, who came in and snuck in the left corner.
The revelry was briefly interrupted when Scotland missed a penalty kick and England captain Owen Farrell shot the ball straight from his own half.
As Farrell took his second penalty kick, he suggested the TV playmaker reconsider Russell’s trip to England for scrumhalfback Ben Youngs, resulting in a yellow card for the talented ‘ten.
After Russell left the field, Farrell scored a penalty kick to reduce the Scottish lead to two.
Scotland keeps up the pressure
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The less optimistic Scottish fans may have thought their team would collapse after Russell’s departure, but after halftime the visitors recovered and continued to pose a threat, even without their main man.
Some said that with an empty Twickenham and the absence of several top England players, it was Scotland’s best chance to win since 1983.
England coach Eddie Jones asked before the game if the wait could be “tough” for the Scots, but they seemed light on their feet by the end of the second half.
In Russell’s absence, Hogg showed he had his own tricks. An excellent corner earned Van der Merwe another try and although Scotland failed to score five times, they were rewarded with the return of their opening half.
Scotland beat England not only in attack, but also in their own footwork, with Hogg continuing to use his boot well.
The English defense managed to avoid further embarrassment by stopping a Scottish maul a few yards away and Redpath continued to show his quality.
The center – son of former Scotland captain Bryan – must have caught the attention of British & Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland in the stands when he stole Tom Curry’s ball on the ground, much to the delight of the Scotland bench.
The Scots did not give in, and when they did, their pace quickened towards the end. Johnny Gray grabbed England winger Johnny May on the ground to win the maul. Russell tried to score another goal, but was unsuccessful.
The final whistle was blown and it could almost have been a home game for Scotland. All you could hear at Twickenham was the cheers of the travelling Scottish team.
Man of the Match: Finn Russell
The matches for Scotland were played between men but Finn Russell, here wearing a Calcutta cap despite a yellow card, stole the show.
“There’s still a lot of work to do,” they said…. ….
England coach Eddie Jones told Radio 5 Live: “They played hard, finished the set, won in the wind and we couldn’t get into the game. We were not in the running today.
“I take responsibility – I didn’t prepare the team well enough. We just had one of those days. We don’t have many, but we had a bad day today.
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Scotland coach Gregor Townsend told Radio 5 Live: “There was calmness on and off the pitch. I don’t know if it’s because there’s no crowd.
“I felt the players were in control today. We had to defend a little bit at the end, but the players held on. I’m very proud of the game and the players still have a lot to contribute.
“One of Scotland’s top performers” – Analysis.
Andy Nichol, former Scotland scrumhalfback, on Radio 5 Live: “It’s one of the best performances Scotland has ever shown.
“There was creativity, physical stamina, good kicking, intensity and unity – the win was fully deserved.
“There has been such a thing as a dominant performance by Scotland against England for over 30 years. It was an outstanding performance, incredibly good, from 80 minutes.
Former England international Matt Dawson on Radio 5’s Live Scrum: “What an incredible tournament we have got. We haven’t won in 38 years and then we put on such a performance. I’ve never seen a show like this in Scotland. Total domination in all areas, total failure. The Scottish fans should rightly be celebrating all night.
Angleterre : Daly ; Watson, Slade, Lawrence, May ; Farrell (capitaine), Youngs ; Genge, George, Stewart, Itoi, Hill, Wilson, Curry, B. Vunipola.
Substitutions : Cowan-Dickey, Obano, Williams, Lowes, Earl, Robson, Ford, Malins.
Sin-bin: B Vunipola (24 years)
Schotland: Hogg (captain); Maitland, Harris, Redpath, Van der Merwe, Russell, Price; Sutherland, Turner, Z. Fagerson, Cummings, J. Gray, Ritchie, Watson, M. Fagerson.
Substitutions: Cherry, Kebble, WP Nel, R Gray, Graham, Steele, Van Der Walt, Jones.
Sin-bin: Russell (38)
Referee: Andrew Brace (Ireland)
Some English players stood up and others knelt for the match against racism.
Scotland claimed a first win at Twickenham since 1983 as returning fly-half Finn Russell orchestrated a shock 11-6 Six Nations victory over England.
Capitalising on the hosts’ ill discipline, Russell gave Scotland a three-point lead before helping to set up Duhan van der Merwe’s try.
Defending champions England clawed back six points and Russell’s charge was briefly halted by a yellow card.
But a resilient Scotland were undeterred and added another penalty.
England had been favourites to win the tournament but, with France having opened their Six Nations with a 50-10 defeat of Italy, their chances suddenly seem much slimmer.
Scotland, on the other hand, look likely to improve on last year’s fourth-place finish with Wales their opponents at Murrayfield next weekend.
That is one of three home games for the Scots in the 2021 Six Nations, with round three’s trip to Paris now looking decisive for their title hopes.
Scotland bear burden of Twickenham history
Wing Duhan van der Merwe scored Scotland’s only try
There was no shortage of history surrounding the Calcutta Cup match. It marked the 150th anniversary of the first time England and Scotland played each other and the fact Scotland were without a win at Twickenham in 38 years was a key talking point in the build-up.
All the players had been confined to coronavirus bubbles in the week before the tournament, with England only allowed to socialise outside or otherwise stay alone in their rooms.
The joy of breaking free of their confines combined with the sense of occasion meant both sides sprung out onto the Twickenham pitch, but it was Scotland who looked keenest, determined to throw off the shackles of such a long winless run south of the border.
England, who fielded a relatively inexperienced front row with three experienced props absent, proceeded to concede four penalties in the first five minutes.
The fourth gave Russell – who was returning to international duty after a shoulder injury – the chance to put Scotland ahead.
England’s lack of attacking prowess drew criticism in their victorious Autumn Nations Cup campaign and they had promised better in 2021, but it was the visitors who shone in that area as debutant Cameron Redpath made repeated breaks.
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For the hosts, the misdemeanours continued. On the eighth penalty conceded, referee Brace had had enough and sent number eight Billy Vunipola to the sin-bin after catching him offside.
As England’s penalty count entered double digits, the visitors got their just reward.
It started with Russell and travelled through a who’s who of Scotland’s backline, the excellent Stuart Hogg, Redpath and hooker George Turner combining to feed Van der Merwe, who stepped inside and powered over near the left corner.
The celebrations were briefly halted as Scotland gave away a penalty and England captain Owen Farrell sent the ball over from just inside his own half.
As Farrell lined up a second penalty, he suggested the television match official reviewed a trip by Russell on England scrum-half Ben Youngs – leading to a yellow card for the talismanic 10.
After Russell had left the field, Farrell scored his penalty and cut Scotland’s lead to two.
Scotland keep up unrelenting pressure
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Less optimistic Scotland fans might have thought their side would unravel with Russell off the pitch but, after gathering their thoughts at half-time, the visitors continued to look threatening without their main man.
Some had said that at an empty Twickenham and with several England leaders missing, this was Scotland’s best chance of a win since 1983.
England boss Eddie Jones questioned before the match whether that expectation might become “heavy” for the Scots, but they looked to be carrying their lead lightly as the second half wore on.
In the absence of Russell, Hogg stepped up to show he had his own box of tricks. A sublime kick to the corner meant Van der Merwe came close to another try and, although Scotland did not get five points, they were rewarded with the return of their fly-half.
Not only were Scotland outplaying England in attack, they were outgunning them at their own kicking game with Hogg continuing to make good use of his boot.
England’s defence managed to avoid further embarrassment by halting a Scotland maul a few metres out and Redpath continued to show his quality.
The centre – son of former Scotland captain Bryan – surely caught the eye of British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland in the stands as he stole the ball from Tom Curry on the floor, much to the delight of the Scottish bench.
The Scots did not let up and if anything their pace only became more relentless as the end drew near. Jonny Gray lifted England wing Jonny May off the ground to win a maul, Russell tried for one more drop-goal, but it was not to be.
The final whistle blew and it could almost have been a Scotland home game. All that could be heard at Twickenham were the cheers of every single member of the travelling Scottish side.
Man of the match: Finn Russell
There were men of the match all over the pitch for Scotland but Finn Russell – pictured here with the Calcutta Cup lid on his head – stole the show despite his yellow card.
‘There’s a lot more to come’- what they said
England head coach Eddie Jones told Radio 5 Live: “They played tough, edged the set-piece, won in the air and we just could not get in the game. We were not at the races today.
“I take responsibility – I didn’t prepare the team well enough. We just had one of those days. We don’t have many, but we had a bad day today.”
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Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend told Radio 5 Live: “There was a calmness on and off the field. I don’t know whether it’s because there’s no crowd.
“It felt like the players were in control today. We had a bit of defence to do at the end but the players stood up well. I’m very proud of the performance and there’s a lot more to come from the players.”
‘One of the best Scotland performances ever’ – analysis
Former Scotland scrum-half Andy Nicol on Radio 5 Live: “That is one of the best performances Scotland have ever put in.
“There was creativity, physicality, good kicking and an intensity and togetherness – the win was fully deserved.
“That is as dominant a performance from Scotland against England there has been for over 30 years. It was outstanding, an unbelievably good 80-minute performance.”
Former England scrum-half Matt Dawson on Radio 5 Live: “What a fabulous tournament we are part of. Not winning for 38 years, then to bring a performance like this. I have never seen a Scotland performance like this. Total dominance in all areas, full stop. Scotland fans should quite rightly be celebrating long into the night.”
England: Daly; Watson, Slade, Lawrence, May; Farrell (capt), Youngs; Genge, George, Stuart, Itoje, Hill, Wilson, Curry, B Vunipola.
Replacements: Cowan-Dickie, Obano, Williams, Lawes, Earl, Robson, Ford, Malins.
Sin-bin: B Vunipola (24)
Scotland: Hogg (capt); Maitland, Harris, Redpath, Van der Merwe, Russell, Price; Sutherland, Turner, Z Fagerson, Cummings, J Gray, Ritchie, Watson, M Fagerson.
Replacements: Cherry, Kebble, WP Nel, R Gray, Graham, Steele, Van der Walt, Jones.
Sin-bin: Russell (38)
Referee: Andrew Brace (Ireland)
Some England players stood while others took a knee against racism before kick-off