Scotland stun England in Six Nations


Scotland went on to beat England 25-13 to win the Calcutta Cup for the first time in 10 years and end its rival's hopes of claiming a Grand Slam.

Eddie Jones will hold an inquest into England's Calcutta Cup defeat on Saturday but has also called for perspective on only the second loss of his reign. With Ireland beating Wales 37-27, England's bid to become the first team to win three titles in a row is hanging by a thread.

Huw Jones left his calling card on England with two of the touchdowns and his power at outside centre repeatedly rattled a defence that has rarely been in such disarray.

Sometimes, the scoreline doesn't tell the whole true story, but 22-6 at half-time was a fair reflection of the dominance that Scotland had.

Four clean line-breaks, including latching on to that wonderful Finn Russell pass were the highlights in an vast display in Edinburgh.

He said: "We know we've got Ireland, an outstanding team with great record".

When the fracas was picked up by broadcasters during the interval, Martin Johnson quipped in his role as pundit that it was "England's highlight so far I think", summarising a dismal first half in Edinburgh.

Farrell cut the deficit to nine points early in the second half with a try the inside centre duly converted.

The fiery nature of this fixture was reflected by BBC reports of a pre-match scuffle in the tunnel between England's Owen Farrell, who went on to score all his side's points, and Scotland No 8 Ryan Wilson. But infringements at the breakdown and a late yellow card for substitute Sam Underhill hampered their bid to do so.

"I couldn't have played like I did today without the boys round me giving me the support and knowing their game plan as well as I did". These things happen. (The penalty count) wasn't flash today. We got beaten at the breakdown and we've got to find out why.

"Going over there, whatever we did here, we'll have to up that performance". "We have got a lot to learn from this game and we want to put our best foot forward".

Just four years ago, Scotland was losing 20-0 at home to England and on its way to a finish of fifth place or lower for the ninth time in the previous 11 championships.

Jones, meanwhile, has promised an investigation of his own following England's defeat on Saturday when his squad convenes in Oxford this week, and has pinpointed three main areas for scrutiny.

"It's awesome, just listen to the crowd", Russell told BBC 5 Live Radio.

It was a first win over England in 10 years, and there was a revelry and electricity inside Murrayfield not witnessed or felt in years.

"It's been a tough few weeks for me, but I'll keep smiling". Last time we found a way to win but we probably weren't playing at our best, that was getting closer.

There was a real bite to every part of their game and the shape and pace of their attack really posed all sorts of problems to the English defence.