England vs Scotland- Calcutta Cup
England and Scotland contested the Calcutta Cup in a historic Six Nations fixture at Murrayfield with plenty at stake. The Calcutta Cup is a rugby union trophy for the annual fixture between England and Scotland since 1879. As of 2018, 125 Calcutta Cup matches have taken place.
England had already thrashed Italy 46-15 at Stadio Olimpico in Rome, and ground out a win against Wales, suggests they are favourites to win but a revitalised Scotland stood in their way. The Calcutta Cup match was a classic as Scotland matched their endeavour in attack- expertly orchestrated by Finn Russell with a ferocity up-front that saw England over-run at the breakdown.
Huw Jones scored two tries and Scotland reignited their NatWest 6 Nations challenge with a thrilling 25-13 win over England at BT Murrayfield. The Scottish had waited ten years for a win in the Calcutta Cup and 14 years for a home try in this fixture but they had three by half-time against a shell-shocked England – beaten for only the second time under Eddie Jones.
Eddie Jones’s England had not conceded more than 21 points in any Six Nations match before this England came out for the second half 22-6 down – its largest halftime deficit in 136 meeting against Scotland and scored its only try almost immediately, through centre Owen Farrell. It however didn’t spark a comeback.
The Scots’ defending was brilliant, they dominated the breakdown, and England’s chances all but ended when replacement Sam Underhill was sin-binned for a no arms tackle in the 66th minute, when the score was 22-13
England ended the match with ball in hand and pummelling away at the hosts’ 22 but the game had long gone. Following the ignominy of their opening weekend day defeat to wales, Scotland are now remarkably back in the championship hunt, though they must go to Dublin on March 10 before facing Italy back at Murrayfield on the final weekend.
England are chasing pack, too, but they will carry this defeat through the next two weeks and into their clash with France in Paris next time out- Eddie Jones will expect them to bounce back: there is zero room for failure in his squad.