England has taken a narrow victory in a game which mother nature dominated at Murrayfield in the Calcutta Cup, claiming back the victory for the first time in 3 years.
The game finally ended 3-10 to England with the away side finally crossing the line through Ellis Genge, the Tigers prop coming on to make the difference in this tight affair.
With such difficult weather conditions, this was never going to come close to the thriller at Twickenham in 2019 which will be talked about for years to come. This match, though different certainly had plenty of niggle in it for the players.
In the first half England showed skills in the conditions to force the Scotland errors, and if it wasn’t for kicking conditions being so appaling England would have gone in to the sheds at half time with a health lead, but not even Farrell could bring the ball under his control from the tee. With players having to hold it still for him to even have an attempt at goal, he managed to slot 1 penalty giving them just a 3 point advantage at the break.
In the second half, Scotland did make some inroads into the England defence, with Adam Hastings bringing the game level at 3-3 during this dominance.
The decisive moment came from a clearing kick from Farrell that left captain Stuart Hogg managing as the ball went back toward his try line. With the England chase bearing down on him he had to hurry the grounding of the ball on between the posts just on the try line. But as he dived on the ball it popped out leaving England to dot the ball down next to the floundering Hogg. Review from TMO showed he got the pressure down on the ball, but it was enough to finish the game off for the Scots. With the TMO judging Hogg to have carried the ball over his try line in his rush to get it grounded, England was given a 5m scrum which ended up with Genge taking a try to seal the win for the visitors.
With Scotland chasing the game Farrell slotted another penalty to confirm victory minutes later and Eddie Jones and his squad are back on track and Scotland continue their losing run and have returned the Calcutta Cup back to England.
We won’t know if England have really improved from the French game until conditions improve, but their battle and heart was there today and energy levels looked better.
Scotland can’t put the demons of the Ireland match to bed and will be left wondering how they can stop from turning into another dismal Six Nations campaign.
Genge is turning into a rugby star to rival his front row team mate Joe Marler these days.