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Superb Scotland beat England at Twickenham

England: (13) 23
Tries: Malins 2, Genge; Pens: Farrell 2; Con: Farrell
Scotland: (12) 29
Tries: Jones, Van der Merwe 2, White; Pen: Russell; Cons: Russell 3

Duhan van der Merwe’s late try gave Scotland back-to-back wins at Twickenham for the first time, turning Calcutta Cup history on its head with a stunning Six Nations victory against a spirited England.

After Huw Jones and Max Malins traded scores, Duhan van der Merwe scored an individual try that will go down in Six Nations history to take Scotland ahead again.

England stayed patient and were rewarded as Malins finished off a well-worked team try before Owen Farrell’s penalty put them one point up at half-time.

Ben White kept Scotland within one after Ellis Genge’s try, before Farrell and Scotland fly-half Finn Russell traded penalties to leave the score at 23-22 with 10 minutes left.

A sensational Scottish attack followed, allowing Van der Merwe to score another and make Scottish wins at Twickenham almost as regular as Glastonbury after claiming the first in 38 years in 2021.

Steve Borthwick’s England showed fight and contributed to an electrifying match, but they could not give their head coach victory in his first game in charge as Scotland won the Calcutta Cup for the third time in a row.

Twickenham thrilled in first half

For so long the Calcutta Cup had been a predictable fixture thanks to England’s dominance, but with Scotland winning the past two and given Borthwick’s lack of time with his side there was a sense of the unknown at Twickenham.

The stage was set and all 46 players involved duly delivered one of the most entertaining matches Twickenham has seen in some time.

England had been booed by some supporters after losing to South Africa here in November and looked desperate to never hear that noise again.

Their desire was personified in a physical performance and Scotland responded with a cunning and fleet-footed backline.

After a period of dull kicking – long forgotten in the breathless closing minutes – it was the latter that worked first as the risky inclusion of Jones in place of Chris Harris at 13 paid off early.

Jones went through a gap and later sprinted on to a kick from Sione Tuipulotu to claim his fifth try in five Six Nations fixtures against England.

Borthwick’s England regime already looked on the precipice, but Malins’ sensational take of Marcus Smith’s kick to score was the sigh of relief the hosts needed.

They did not always look to have the clarity Borthwick has promised, but at times England did play with freedom.

That freedom was nothing in the face of Scotland’s belief.

In one for the history books, Van der Merwe sliced through England’s defence as if it were butter, flying around five tacklers to cover half the pitch and score.

Malins scored a second thanks to an overlap created by smart work from his team-mates, and Farrell landed his penalty on the half-time whistle to take England 13-12 up at the break.

More to follow.


England: Steward; Malins, Marchant, Farrell (capt), Hassell-Collins; Smith, Van Poortvliet; Genge, George, Sinckler, Itoje, Chessum, Ludlam, B Curry, Dombrandt.

Replacements: Walker, M Vunipola, Cole, Isiekwe, Earl, Youngs, Lawrence, Watson.

Scotland: Hogg; Steyn, Jones, Tuipulotu, Van der Merwe; Russell, White; Schoeman, Turner, Nel; R Gray, Gilchrist; Ritchie (capt), Crosbie, M Fagerson.

Replacements: Brown, Bhatti, Berghan, J Gray, Dempsey, Horne, Kinghorn, Harris.

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