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Scotland cling on to beat England and retain Calcutta Cup

Finn Russell slotted a penalty eight minutes from time to earn Scotland a narrow 20-17 win over England Rugby on Saturday as they took advantage of a penalty try and a yellow card for the visitors to wrestle back control of an intense Six Nations game.

Scotland, 10-6 up at halftime, were 10-17 down when they were awarded a penalty try after England hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie batted away a high cross-field pass. He was sent to the sin bin for 10 minutes. It proved the turning-point as with the one-man advantage, Scotland won a late penalty to snatch victory and take the Calcutta Cup for a second successive year.

Ben White scored Scotland’s other try while all England’s points came from young fly-half Marcus Smith, who crossed for a try and was unlucky to end on the losing side.

Scotland cling on to beat England and retain Calcutta Cup

That just about does us for our coverage this evening. A remarkable win for Scotland, who retain the Calcutta Cup for the first time since 1984 after another performance of immense resilience and resolve. They are in Cardiff next week for an encounter with a Welsh side licking their wounds after a chastening afternoon at the Aviva Stadium.

The opening weekend of the Six Nations concludes tomorrow, with Italy in Paris for a meeting with France, who wil be without head coach Fabien Galthie after a positive Covid test. Do join us for that, but for now I leave with you with Jamie Braidwood’s report from Murrayfield:

Scotland cling on to beat England and retain Calcutta Cup in tense Six Nations battle

Scotland 20-17 England: The visitors had victory in their grasp thanks to Marcus Smith’s second-half try but late mistakes opened the door for Gregor Townsend’s side to earn a memorable win

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