08 February 2020 22:53
Scotland Stuart Hogg 3/10 One lovely kick-return could not save a difficult day for Scotland's captain. For the second weekend in a row, a big error cost his team. Sean Maitland 5/10 Spent the game shuttling up and down the touchline after kicks. As a Saracen, he has had plenty of practice at that, although there were drops. Huw Jones 5/10 Very quiet, aside from spilling Adam Hastings' midfield chip on the stroke of half-time and making a jinking carry early on in the second period.
Huw Jones makes a break for Scotland Credit: ACTION IMAGES Sam Johnson 5/10 Charged after the kick-off and buried Jonny May. An abrasive carrier, as England know from a year ago, but was well contained. Blair Kinghorn 6/10 A spark for Scotland's backline early on, Kinghorn bolted off his wing to smash May and danced past a number of tacklers to stir Murrayfield. Adam Hastings 6/10 Not alone in misjudging the wind for one kick that sailed over the touchline. Fairly neat and tidy though, especially when covering kicks. Adam Hastings hauls back Owen Farrell Credit: AFP Ali Price 6/10 Found space with a centre-field chip similar to the one that that flummoxed England a year ago.
Odd decision to box-kick at the end, though. Rory Sutherland 6/10 Looked strong in the scrum initially and tore up the field to begin the second half but faded with the rest of Scotland's pack. Fraser Brown 5/10 Scotland's lineout was an Achilles heel and, although the weather was truly dire, Brown has to shoulder some blame for that. Zander Fagerson 6/10 The tighthead was a willing carrier without making too much ground. He was also solid in the set-piece exchanges before one scrum penalty. Scott Cummings 5/10 Penalised twice early on, first for failing to roll away and then for offside. England's powerful forwards eventually overwhelmed Scotland. Jonny Gray 7/10 Beaten to Brown's throw by Lewis Ludlam in the first half and gave away a penalty, but constantly offered himself as a carrier. Jonny Gray and Lewis Ludlam battle for the ball at the lineout Credit: AFP Jamie Ritchie 7/10 Lively and willing in attack and forced one a jackal turnover. Scotland can build around him and Hamish Watson in the back row. Hamish Watson 7/10 Marshalled well by England at the breakdown after tormenting Eddie Jones' team for the last two years. Led Scotland's defence with trademark tenacity. Magnus Bradbury 6/10 Was the pivot-man for a shift-drive but, like most of Scotland's lineout efforts, that attack was foiled. Did not dent the gain-line. Replacements Stuart McInally (on for Brown, 51) 6, Allan Dell (on for Sutherland, 61) 5, Simon Berghan (on for Fagerson, 61) 5, Ben Toolis (on for Cummings, 56) 5, Nick Haining (on for Bradbury, 74) N/A, George Horne (not used), Rory Hutchinson (not used), Chris Harris (on for Jones, 56) 5 England George Furbank 6/10 The full-back floundered under one wobbling up-and-under from Adam Hastings but was assured otherwise - quite a feat given the conditions. Jonny May 7/10 A shaky start was forgotten with a typically proactive performance from the wing. England's most prominent back roamed around the field to contribute in attack and defence. Jonathan Joseph 5/10 A nicely-timed pass released Elliot Daly to create England's sole clean break of the first half. Inconspicuous aside from that, but he is an important organiser. Jonathan Joseph reaches out to claim the slippery ball Credit: AFP Owen Farrell 6/10 An excellent clearance skipped into touch to settle England and another cross-field grubber caused trouble. Three misses from the tee could have been costly. Elliot Daly 5/10 A better effort in the air from Daly saw him beat Hogg to one high ball, but he was one of England's backs to overcook punts into touch. George Ford 6/10 A misdirected drop-goal attempt preceded a fumble and a panicky pass to May. Wins back a point for the chip that led to England's try. George Ford punts the ball downfield to give England field position Credit: AFP Willi Heinz 6/10 Two overhit kicks in the second half invited pressure onto England. Until then, the scrum-half had been generally sharp. Mako Vunipola 7/10 Helped England's defensive breakdown spoiling and returned a double-figure tackle-count. Perhaps most satisfyingly, his last act was to help win a scrum penalty, too. Jamie George 8/10 England's hooker was their busiest defender as far as tackle-count, nearing 20 tackles by the end. He looked rejuvenated. Kyle Sinckler 8/10 One of England's more subdued players in Paris, he was outstanding at Murrayfield. He carried dynamically and lasted the course to splinter Scotland's scrum. Maro Itoje 8/10 A diving steal stripped the ball from Price at the start, setting the tone for a disruptive performance. Itoje was a menace to Scotland. George Kruis 7/10 Nabbed a Scotland lineout and knitted things together well with tireless tackling. England simply seem more composed with him on the field. George Kruis claims a comfortable lineout Credit: AFP Lewis Ludlam 7/10 The busy, resourceful back-rower showed his worth with a lineout steal and a jackal turnover before making way for clubmate Courtney Lawes. Sam Underhill 8/10 Forced two turnovers. Was not on the right side of referee Pascal Gauzere for the penalty that allowed Hastings to level it but highly effective overall. Tom Curry 8/10 Excellent, regardless of the number on his back. Carried with zip all around the field. Earned a maul turnover as well as steals on the floor. Tom Curry charges into contact Credit: AFP England coach Eddie Jones had a dig at the home support after his side's 13-6 win over Scotland at BT Murrayfield. The visitors reclaimed the Calcutta Cup following a hard-fought victory in terrible conditions, with sub prop Ellis Genge claiming the only try of the game. But Jones was unimpressed by the Scotland fans in the capacity 67,000 crowd. "It was an old fashioned Calcutta Cup game, swirling wind and an aggressive crowd without manners," said Jones in his post-match interview on BBC television. "I thought you were supposed to show respect." It is thought Jones was referring to the booing of England stand-off Owen Farrell as he was kicking for goal. Former Scotland captain and BBC pundit Andy Nicol would like to see an end to the jeering of visiting kickers. "It's something we need to eradicate," he said.