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Scotland beat England at Twickenham for first time since 1983

Written by on 7 February 2021

Scotland have sealed their first victory over England at Twickenham since 1983 with an 11-6 victory in the Six Nations.

Finn Russell inspired the underdogs to a huge win at the home of the reigning Six Nations champions, while Cameron Redpath made an influential debut.

England conceded four penalties in the first five minutes alone, one of them resulting in three points for Russell.

Scotland's Oli Kebble in action with England's Elliot Daly Image: Scotland’s Oli Kebble in action with England’s Elliot Daly

But while Scotland dominated the first half hour, England clawed their way back into contention via successive penalties from Owen Farrell.

The difference in attacking ability between the rivals appeared stark, however.

Scotland’s Stuart Hogg managed to weave his way into space, and two huge kicks from him pinned the champions back in the rain.

But the Exeter full-back was unable to land a long-range penalty that would have taken his side eight points ahead.

It was not needed, however, as England failed to muster any meaningful response and Scotland’s players celebrated with gusto at the final whistle.

“We’d talked a lot in the last couple of weeks about lifting a nation, and I believe we’ve done that,” full-back Hogg said.

“This win is a huge deal to us all. During the week we said that if we got everything right on both sides of the ball we’d give ourselves a chance, and we did exactly that.”

England head coach Eddie Jones said: “You never atone for a game like this. This stays with you for a long time.

“But the most important thing is that we get together and we find a way to improve our performance and play like England do when we come up against Italy next week.”