Tuesday , June 22 2021

Six Nations: Scotland stuns England in Twickenham, Eddie Jones accepts the blame

Scotland recorded their first win at Twickenham since 1983 by beating the England starters, thrown by mistake, by 11-6 in a dominant performance that shook the Six Nations on the first day.

On the 150th anniversary of the oldest international rugby match – also won by the Scots in a 20-match match in Edinburgh – the Dark Blues outscored their biggest rivals in every department, the only surprise being the narrow margin of victory.

Scottish Kiwi winger Sean Maitland pauses against England in a closed-door test.

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Scottish Kiwi winger Sean Maitland pauses against England in a closed-door test.

“We weren’t in the races today,” English coach Eddie Jones later said.

“I take responsibility. I didn’t prepare the team well enough.

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“It simply came to our notice then. We don’t have many, but today we had a bad day “.

Ultimately, an attempt from the first half by winger Duhan van der Merwe proved the difference, but the contrast between the teams couldn’t be more intense in a one-sided game played in the rain in an empty stadium due to the pandemic.

England barely came close to the test line, as Scotland had 65% possession and 70% territory. Only three missed goals from Finn Russell and Stuart Hogg, as well as a desperate English defense, kept the goal line close.

The roars of delight from Scottish players when English winger Jonny May collided with a bottom kick in the middle for a touch four minutes from time told his own story.

The game was in Eddie Jones’ favor and it was a careless handling error that resulted in a total of 15 penalties awarded by England, nine of which came in the first 25 minutes.

By half an hour, the Scots had tripled the number of runs (52-15) and made almost three times the number of meters won.

That they were only two points ahead at 8-6 must have been painful, but that dominance continued until the second half, with the blue boys visibly sharper and sharper.

Perhaps Jones will get serious in the selection of five players from Saracens, the English club that was demoted from the top division of the country last season for breaching the salary cap regulations and has not played any league games this season in due to coronavirus restrictions.

English captain Owen Farrell reacts during the defeat against Scotland at Twickenham.

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English captain Owen Farrell reacts during the defeat against Scotland at Twickenham.

It meant that the last competitive match of the quintet was two months ago in the final of the Autumn Nations Cup against France, except for the number 8 of Billy Vunipola, who played a cup match with the Saracens last month .

This general lack of sharpness of the match contributed to the great count of penalties of England, the last of them _ for a high attack on Russell, winning Vunipola 10 minutes in the trash.

The Scots took a 3-0 lead at the time, thanks to Russell’s sixth-minute penalty, and took advantage of their numerical superiority by scoring a 30-minute try through Van der Merwe after a great hand movement. from right to left. ala.

Scotland celebrates after Duhan van der Merwe's attempt in the first half against England.

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Scotland celebrates after Duhan van der Merwe’s attempt in the first half against England.

Van der Merwe, who received the ball near the touchline, curled up with Elliot Daly as he entered with his left foot, attacked the challenges of Owen Farrell and Mark Wilson and had enough momentum to try to convert. Russell.

England responded with rare territory and a Farrell penalty, before Russell was sentenced to sin in the 38th for stepping on Ben Youngs after the English midfielder threw a mannequin and drifted towards number 10.

Scotland only conceded three points, while a man dropped Farrell’s penalty, however, and Russell had only returned to the field when England conceded another offside penalty while under pressure on their own 22.

Russell ripped it off by 11-6 and the Scotland line would not be threatened afterwards.

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