Six Nations: Steve Borthwick drops Manu Tuilagi for Scotland opener
England take on Scotland on the opening weekend of the Six Nations as the Steve Borthwick era gets underway at Twickenham. Borthwick takes charge of England for the first time after replacing Eddie Jones and is first tasked with reclaiming the Calcutta Cup from the visitors.
Scotland have won their last two matches against England, who have not beaten Gregor Townsend’s team at Twickenham since 2017. Scotland opened last season’s Six Nations campaign with a victory over England at Murrayfield – although both teams finished the tournament with identical records of two wins and three defeats.
Both teams will be looking for improvement this year in order to mount a title challenge, as Borthwick looks to make the perfect start as England boss. Follow live updates from England vs Scotland below:
H/T: England 13-12 Scotland
Even enough at the interval, with the hosts just nudging ahead with that Owen Farrell penalty. Two tries apiece: one for each side created by a crafty kick and another of more extravagant construct, with Duhan van der Merwe marauding most magnificently through the heart of the English defence before the hosts produced an excellent ensemble piece.
England have had more of the ball and territory, but Scotland have defended firmly and looked threatening each time they’ve had possession in advanced positions.
Harry Latham-Coyle4 February 2023 17:37
HALF TIME! ENGLAND 13-12 SCOTLAND
Harry Latham-Coyle4 February 2023 17:29
PENALTY! ENGLAND 13-12 Scotland (Owen Farrell penalty, 43 minutes)
Over it goes. A point in it at the half, which feels about right.
Harry Latham-Coyle4 February 2023 17:29
England 10-12 Scotland, 42 minutes
A lovely lineout variation, Lewis Ludlam looping to the front to take Jamie George’s pop and nearly able to return an offload to the hooker, but finding the path for the pass blocked. It matters not as Ollie Chessum, who has had a bright first half, is soon stomping up the left touchline George had occupied.
England’s decision to play on is vindicated as the referee awards a penalty that should allow Owen Farrell to send his side down the tunnel ahead…
Harry Latham-Coyle4 February 2023 17:28
England 10-12 Scotland, 40 minutes
England win a breakdown penalty with the clock in the red. What appetite to play on? Some, it seems, with the ball kicked directly for touch.
Harry Latham-Coyle4 February 2023 17:26
TRY! ENGLAND 10-12 Scotland (Max Malins try, 38 minutes)
A wonderfully constructed English response!
This has Nick Evans’ paws all over it, England playing creatively and with speed, challenging the Scottish defence in different ways. Joe Marchant lurks on the blindside, choosing his moment to arrive on the inside shoulder of a fading Owen Farrell, who puts his centre partner through a gap.
Scotland condense as Marchant s tackled, with Farrell back in the line to add extra hands on the outside. Ollie Chessum pulls back to Ellis Genge, who ships beyond Farrell to Freddie Steward, and Lewis Ludlam’s are the final linking digits required to send Max Malins in for a second.
Harry Latham-Coyle4 February 2023 17:23
England 5-12 Scotland, 35 minutes
England are on the wrong side of Paul Williams at the scrum, first warned and then penalised as they again struggle to control their hit.
Harry Latham-Coyle4 February 2023 17:21
England 5-12 Scotland, 32 minutes
England have been intent on kicking as much as they can but that is the peril if you don’t get your chase right. Even so, Kevin Sinfield will not be pleased – those were five tackles he’d have backed his defenders to make.
Harry Latham-Coyle4 February 2023 17:20
TRY! England 5-12 SCOTLAND (Duhan van der Merwe try, 29 minutes)
That is a truly sensational solo score! One of the great Twickenham tries from a rampaging Duhan van der Merwe!
The great juggernaut of a wing lurks menacingly just inside his own half, collecting an infield pass and setting off. The pistons begin to fire and up through the gears he goes, one English tackler swatted aside, then another, then another. Two more try and fail to halt him, Alex Dombrandt sent away with an emasculating shove as Van der Merwe goes over.
Harry Latham-Coyle4 February 2023 17:14
England 5-7 Scotland, 28 minutes
An outstanding tackle from Owen Farrell! The England centre cuts Finn Russell in half as he breaks to the outside and forces a fumble on the floor.
Jack Rathborn4 February 2023 17:13