Post-Eddie England stunned again by Scotland at Twickenham

Marcus Smith then sent a Crossfield kick into the corner for Malins to deftly land at full extension on his first try in his 15th appearance.

Twickenham was then treated to a brilliant one-on-one try by Van der Merwe, which most in attendance failed to appreciate.

New manager Steve Borthwick, (R) the England head coach looks on.

New manager Steve Borthwick, (R) the England head coach looks on.Credit:Getty

The winger, who scored the only try as the Scots triumphed at Twickenham for the first time in 38 years on their last visit in 2021, caught a loose kick right in his own half and then set out on a winding, lateral run five passing defenders whose questionable efforts would have angered new defense coach Kevin Sinfield.

England hit back when he finally put the ball sharply through his hands and Malins was sent in the corner. Farrell missed his second straight conversion but then used a penalty to give the hosts a 13-12 lead.

Borthwick’s first team talk at half-time obviously instructed the team to hold the ball and it paid off with some powerful runs from the forwards, ending with a Prop Genge attack over eight minutes into the restart.

Scotland quickly hit back with a sniping attempt by surprise scrumhalf selection White.

A penalty at each end kept the crowd tense and England took over most of the attack, but it was the Scots who had the final, decisive word as a pinpoint passing game and a muscular finish from Van der Merwe secured an exciting win.

“Very proud. I don’t know if it’s because of this game, but in the end it touched me emotionally,” said Scotland coach Gregor Townsend. “To see the players coming back, in a place where we’ve struggled many times, shows what a team we have and we weren’t at our best today.

“The game had to erupt and it was only in the last 20 minutes that we started to push the issue positively and get the ball to the edges – that was great to see.

Scotland retained the Calcutta Cup.

Scotland retained the Calcutta Cup.Credit:Getty

“Winning from behind when you only have five minutes and getting such a good try makes it all the more special.”

England captain Farrell said: “We started eleven days ago. There were massive improvements and I thought we’d largely nailed it.

“Right now we will give credit to Scotland for sticking with it the way they did. They played well and got that try in the end but it never felt like we walked away, we gave them some problems and we’ll make sure we build on that.

“What we should do, regardless of the outcome, was to get better and we will do that. There were dropouts, but it felt like we had good energy and we were in the fight all the time.”

England return to Twickenham next Sunday to play Italy, while Scotland host Wales, previously beaten well by Ireland in Cardiff, next Saturday. (Reporting by Mitch Phillips Editor by Christian Radnedge)


Wales manager Warren Gatland insisted his side have “lots of positives” despite the comprehensive 10-34 home defeat by Ireland in Saturday’s opener of the Six Nations at Principality Stadium.

Wales were muscular up front and were surpassed by four tries to one as Ireland galloped to victory to spoil Gatland’s homecoming after being reappointed as head coach, a position he last held at Rugby World Cup 2019.

“There are a lot of positives,” Gatland told reporters. “We could have gone over the line a couple of times in the first half. It could have been tighter and then it’s a different game. It could have been an interesting last 20 minutes if we had taken some risks.

Dan Sheehan takes a break in Cardiff.

Dan Sheehan takes a break in Cardiff.Credit:Getty

“I thought the second half was a huge improvement. We talked about pressuring them at line speed. We created a few chances but we weren’t disciplined enough. The entries in the 22 were the same. This is a big job for us.”

Gatland believes unforced errors also hampered his side, whose only goal came through full-back Liam Williams.

“We’ll keep working on things,” he said. “There were some good moments and we took some nice breaks. We had good momentum in their 22 and we didn’t capitalize. We had an alley where we fell and another where it wasn’t straight.

“International rugby is a huge step up from club rugby. A lot of our players were in the same position as Ireland where you don’t make too many mistakes.”

Wales travel to Scotland for their second game and do without experienced suspension Alun Wyn Jones.

“Alun Wyn failed an HIA (Head Injury Assessment) and will not be available for the next game. (Prop) Tomas Francis got away with a tight calf, so we gotta check him out.


Gatland hopes some of his younger players will take their chance at Murrayfield and praised center Joe Hawkins and wing Rio Dyer.

“There were a lot of beautiful moments from him (Hawkins). Some nice footwork. He will learn from some moments when the ball was turned over after a break. I thought Rio Dyer showed a lot too.

“I’m not that disappointed with the performance. There are things we can fix if we are clinical and more disciplined. We will work on that.”

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