First day and first surprise of this Six Nations Tournament. For In the wake of France’s easy victory in Italy (50-10), Scotland beat England this Saturday afternoon at Twickenham by the score of 11 to 6. The Scots had not achieved this feat since the 1983 Five Nations tournament (22-12 victory).
The match started badly for the Quinze de la Rose who received a penalty from the opening half of Racing 92 Finn Russell in the 6th minute. At the half-hour mark, the Scots scored the only try of the match through their winger Duhan van der Mehwe.
Unruly and uninspired
While they are led 8 to 0, the English have a burst of pride just before half-time: captain Owen Farrell sends two penalties between the posts to return to 6-8.
But the English lack inspiration and discipline against a valiant Quinze du Chardon who can count on his opener Finn Russell to score a new penalty (11-6) before the fiftieth minute. The Scottish captain, back Stuart Hogg, was named man of the match.
Already a turning point in the Tournament?
Winner of the previous Six Nations Tournament but already in difficulty this fall (especially against a France B ‘team), the Quinze de la Rose confirms that he is struggling and sees his status as favorite frankly fade with this first defeat , what’s more at home. England must also already give up their Grand Slam ambitions.
This defeat is the business of the Blues, strolling in Rome earlier in the afternoon. While France will pass a big test in Dublin against Ireland next Sunday, England should especially not miss on Saturday and launch its Tournament against these same Italians. Scotland will meet with Wales.
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