England V Scotland - as it happened!
Sun, 03 Feb 2013 4:29a.m.
By Greg Robertson
Hello and welcome to one of the most recognisable rugby stadiums in the world - Twickenham - as England play host to Scotland for the Calcutta Cup.
Think there’s some rivalry going on between these two? Damn straight there is. There would be nothing the Scots (Kiwi Sean Maitland included) would like better than to put one over the English but you can be sure the local side won’t want a bar of that.
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LIVE COMMENTARY… FINAL SCORE England 38 v 18 Scotland
80 min: England's Owen Farrell named man of the match. England go short from a lineout five out... haskell again near the posts with three England forwards behind him... Danny Care is over! Final say and the victory is complete. ALL VIDEO UP.
78 min: Toby Flood with a bustling run gets England within 15 metres, Ashton with a dart two passes wide. Forwards get involved and James Haskell uses some bulk but he's driven back with some superb Scotland defence and they win the penalty with Haskell done for holding on.
77 min: Cheeky chip from England trying to catch Scotland in a day dream but Richie Gray is back there to mop things up.
73 min: Normal service resumes with England deep on attack. Turnover ball and a massively forward pass nearly sends Visser away before his legs are chopped in half by a classic Ashton cover tackle. Toby Flood trying to make an impression from the bench, Danny Care driving it forward.... turnover (again)... TRY Scotland. Ball fell to Sean Maitland who kicked ahead and the race was on. Maitland was checked out by Ashton (who should have been sent for it) but Hogg carries on the racefor Scotland, dribbles it forward again and flops for the try. Kick is over and it's 31-18. VIDEO UP.
67 min: Well that was the longest period for Scotland in the England 22 but it doesn't bring any points. A couple of scrum resets extended the time. In terms of this half, many Scottish players may have just got nose bleeds.
64 min: Good wee period from Scotland as they put together three, four maybe five phases (being generous there).... cough it up though. Just haven't been in this half. Good shove from the Scots puts the English scrum under pressure, which turns to a maul... and the visiting side wins the scrum feed, just 10 metres out.
59 min: Wicked... Ashton dribbles it down the touch and it pops up for Brown who is nearly carried over the line by the arriving England forwards... still England, Scotland scrambling. We may see a few more tries in the last 20 minutes with great play like this.
54 min: Good period of attack from England... Ben Young breaks through and maked 25 yards down the right, it's spread back to the left and TRY! It's Geoff Parling who dots down but Young did all the work. VIDEO UP . Conversion is good, 31-11.
46 min: Ben Morgan hobbling off for England and replaced by James Haskell. Brown nearly busts the Scottish line, sets it up and the ball is recycled then drilled deep into the Scottish territory.
43 min: Second half underway and a skip pass provides a half gap for Brown. Forwards piling into the 22, Scotland on back foot.... TRY England! That's Billy Twelvetrees on debut who hit the line at pace and fell over the tryline in the tackle. VIDEO UP.
40 min: Johnnie Beattie with a ranging run throws Scotland hot on attack. Penalty given for incorrect entry come ruck time. Scotland should nail this and close the gap... that's halftime too. England leads 19-11 at the break.
38 min: Great battle come scrum time.... looks like more points on the off with a high tackle on Ben Morgan by Kelly Brown. Nothing that would take his head off but a penalty nonetheless. Up steps Owen Farrell... radar locked... and good for 19-8. That's five from five with the boot.
32 min: England piling into their work, right up the middle. Many hands, a great tackle fells Joe Launchbury just shy of the line, it's quick ball though and spun one out to Ashton TRY ENGLAND!!! Great work. Kick to come. Conversion is over and England leads 16-8. VIDEO UP OF THE CHRIS ASHTON TRY.
27 min: Cracking tempo this. VIDEO UP OF THE SCOTTISH/MAITLAND/KIWI TRY.
26 min: Chris Ashton getting involved for England, coming off his wing and looking for work. Headway and up to the 22... Brad Barritt cuts infield... penalised for hanging on. Very positive from England though. Scotland clears to touch
23 min: All England but they cough it up and Tim Visser wellies it up field, chases and England forced to boot it to touch. Great attacking lineout for the Scots deep in the England 22. England receives the penalty though... lot of whistle.
20 min: England penalised for joining the ruck from the side and Greig Laidlaw nails it and we're back to a point the difference.
17 min: Bit of an arm wrestle centre field... Scotland pounding it up. England not committing too many, poor pass and Dougie Hall has to scramble back.... England swarms all over him... advantage for offside and England have the penalty. Another look at the posts. Three from three for Farrell.
13 min: Scotland penalised for playing the ball on the ground and we have another look at the posts. Kicks good, England back with the 6-5 lead.
11 min: Brown sharp down the left-hand flank, England knocking on the door of the Scot 22... balls turned though and we kick a bit... Hogg... Hogg... Hogg.... blasts the English defence to pieces and suddenly it's the visiting side putting all the pressure on. They're camped on the goal line... TRY SCOTLAND!!! Sean Maitland scores... go the Kiwi... err, Scot. That was all Hogg though who set it up, the ball was spread and Maitland went over. 5-3 kick to come. Kick misses.
8 min: Scotland chancing their arm and trying to run it from their own line - that's a danger against this strong England defence. Back to Stuart Hogg and his forwards have given him the time he needs to make a good clearance to touch.
5 min: Great use of the pill from the home side as it's spread wide to left wing Mike Brown, it's reset and suddenly from nowhere Tom Woods rampages right through the heart of the Scottish defence. Great run from the big man. Play breaks down and Scotland have the chance to clear but England take the quick throw and keep the heat on. All England at the moment.
2 min: Scotland penalised for a hand in the ruck early doors and England have the chance to put first points on the board. Owen Farrell nails it and England leads 3-0.
We're underway with Scotland receiving the kick off...
Stirring stuff as we have just heard the anthems. This one should be a ripper...
Kick off is not far away but in the meantime watch England win the Wellington Sevens.
England: Alex Goode, Chris Ashton, Brad Barritt, Billy Twelvetrees, Mike Brown, Owen Farrell, Ben Youngs; Ben Morgan, Chris Robshaw (captain), Tom Wood, Geoff Parling, Joe Launchbury, Dan Cole, Tom Youngs, Joe Marler. Reserves: Dylan Hartley, David Wilson, Mako Vunipola, Courtney Lawes, James Haskell, Danny Care, Toby Flood, David Strettle.
Scotland: Stuart Hogg, Sean Maitland, Sean Lamont, Matt Scott, Tim Visser, Ruaridh Jackson, Greig Laidlaw; Johnnie Beattie, Kelly Brown (captain), Alasdair Strokosch, Jim Hamilton, Richie Gray, Euan Murray, Dougie Hall, Ryan Grant. Reserves: Ross Ford, Moray Low, Geoff Cross, Alastair Kellock, David Denton, Henry Pyrgos, Duncan Weir, Max Evans.
Rugby union's oldest international rivalry resumes in the Six Nations with England and Scotland apparently heading in opposite directions.
While England is buoyant after a remarkable 38-21 victory over world champion New Zealand in its last test match, Scottish rugby is in the doldrums after a humiliating loss to Tonga in the autumn internationals dropped the national team to 12th in the world rankings.
Anything other than a big win - and therefore retaining the Calcutta Cup - for the English would be a major surprise as Scotland is without a win at Twickenham in 30 years.
However, the Scots love nothing more than being given the tag of underdogs.
"The reality is, history is someone else's history," interim coach Scott Johnson said. "We are going to create our own history.
"We are a new group on the block and that unknown factor is a good thing for us."
That was precisely the position England occupied at the start of last year's Six Nations. Stuart Lancaster had just taken charge of a national team in disrepute after its embarrassing World Cup campaign in New Zealand, and had decided to blood a number of young, hungry players with a view to the 2015 World Cup.
Performances and results went better than expected, with a second-place finish guaranteeing Lancaster the position of full-time coach and the team not looking back. The December 1 win over New Zealand, which hadn't lost in 20 games, was unexpected but merely continued the upward momentum.
"I'd like to think we did deliver a change," Lancaster said. "This time last year, I was sat here as interim coach, and on the back of the World Cup we made 15 changes - seven players got first caps against Scotland and there was a new captain. The most important thing for me was to get that culture right and the reason why playing for England is special."
That seems to have been ingrained in this England set-up, although it hasn't stopped the sniping from the Scotland corner. Comments from former Scotland coach Jim Telfer were strong and will probably be put up in the England changing room before kickoff.
"There's the makings of a good squad, but it is not good at the moment. Like the English football team, a couple of wins and they think they are world-beaters," Telfer said. "They are too arrogant, too pretentious and too condescending to realise they have a problem."
With two wins from their last 15 Six Nations matches and the home loss to Tonga still hurting, the Scots knew changes were necessary.
Johnson has come in for the beleaguered Andy Robinson as coach and there is a new-look - and very speedy - wing pairing of Dutch-born Tim Visser and New Zealand-born Sean Maitland, who makes his debut.
"He has some serious wheels," captain Kelly Brown said of Maitland, whose grandparents are Scottish. "If we can give him some space, he could be really exciting."
Hooker Dougie Hall will make his first start since 2007, and No. 8 Johnnie Beattie wins a cap for the first time in two years.
England handed a debut to centre Billy Twelvetrees and recalled prop Joe Marler, with injured pair Manu Tuilagi and Alex Corbisiero dropping out in the only changes in personnel to the starting lineup from the win over New Zealand. Brad Barritt will switch to outside centre to accommodate the 24-year-old Twelvetrees.
"Sometimes opportunities present themselves in different ways - we know Manu is going to be fit for next week (for Ireland away) and we hope Billy puts a marker down this week and gives us another headache," Lancaster said.
The presence of Dylan Hartley, Danny Care and Toby Flood among the replacements means England's bench (230 caps) is more experienced that the starting team (191 caps).
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