Published: Sat, February 24, 2018
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Russell's redemption as sensational Scotland end 10-year wait for England win

Russell's redemption as sensational Scotland end 10-year wait for England win

Scotland registered their first victory over England in a decade to reignite their Six Nations title aspirations and leave the champions nursing a conclusive defeat.

Skipper John Barclay says Scotland's thrilling win over England at an "epic" Murrayfield will live long in the memory.

Led by the brilliance of Huw Jones, who scored a brace of tries, and Finn Russell - criticised before the game but at the heart of Scotland's best play - the hosts opened up a 16-point halftime lead, with Sean Maitland also touching down.

The fact England failed to even get a losing bonus point against Scotland means that they lie five points adrift of Ireland ahead of the final two rounds.

The blindside flanker added: "We were fuelled by past year and the disappointment of the Wales game".

Television reports suggested England fly-half Owen Farrell was involved in a fracas involving a number of Scotland players before the match as tensions boiled over.

Asked if that had had any bearing on the match, Eddie Jones said: "I don't know, I don't think so, these things happen". A long floated pass teased would-be interceptors on its way to Jones, who charged half the length of the field and another attractive ball by the fly-half found Maitland with the room to touch down under duress, with Laidlaw unable to convert from the touchline.

Scotland vs England kicks off at 16L45 GMT at Murrayfield in Edinburgh.

At 15-6 down, a series of attacking penalties hampered England and their indiscipline was compounded shortly before halftime when Jones burst through and held off Mike Brown and Anthony Watson to score.

England thought they were about to score their second try when Care intercepted a loose pass from opposing scrum-half Laidlaw but referee Nigel Owens penalised England lock Joe Launchbury for slowing the ball at the preceding ruck.

And 10 minutes later it looked like normal order had resumed with Courtney Lawes putting in a massive tackle on halfway, Watson hacked on and Farrell went over for a try only for Owens to go upstairs.

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