Six Nations | England battle to victory in Scotland


England have battled to a hard-fought 13-6 victory over Scotland at Murrayfield.

Ellis Genge scored the only try of the game for Eddie Jones’ visitors, with the game being played in difficult conditions in Edinburgh.

Both teams entered the match on the back of defeats, with Scotland suffering a loss to Ireland in Dublin and England being stunned by France in Paris last week.

The wind and rain certainly played their part in the Scottish capital, with one Owen Farrell kick was carried backwards by the wind in the early minutes.

Farrell kicked the only points of the first half with an 11th-minute penalty; the England out-half seeing two further efforts go wide of the posts in the relentless wind.

Scott Cummings had been penalized three minutes earlier for failing to roll away, but the wind had carried Farrell’s resulting penalty wide.

However, Farrell scored his second attempt after Cummings was then caught offside.

England led 3-0 at the interval after an error-riddled first half.

Scotland drew level four minutes into the second half, with Adam Hastings slotting over a penalty after Sam Underhill was penalized for not releasing in front of his own posts.

Farrell had a chance to restore England’s lead with a penalty in the 64th minute, but registered his third miss in four kicks instead.

Stuart Hogg, whose comical handling error denied him a try in the defeat to Ireland, was spared further embarrassment son afterwards.

The Scotland international fumbled the ball in front of his own posts, allowing Farrell to pounce and ground the ball.

However, replays showed that he had inadvertently grounded the ball behind the try-line with his torso, resulting in a five-metre scrum for England.

Hogg’s error proved to be costly nonetheless.

Genge drove over for the only try of the game from the resulting scrum, with Maro Itoje adding his power to help the Leicester Tigers front row bundle over the line.

Farrell converted to make it 10-3 with nine minutes remaining, before adding his second penalty of the match in the 77th minute.

Hastings made no mistake from a penalty a minute later, but it was too little too late for Scotland.

Gregor Townsend’s men are without a win in their opening two games ahead of their trip to Italy next week.

England have their first win of the campaign, as well as the Calcutta Cup, and Jones’ World Cup finalists will now host Ireland at Twickenham in round three.