Six Nations: England earn draw after sensational Scotland comeback

Heather Diaz
March 17, 2019

George Ford rescued England with an 83rd-minute try to secure a 38-all draw with Scotland on Saturday after the Scots had come from 31-0 down to lead 38-31 in one of the most remarkable games in Six Nations history. And it must be said that their familiar failings returned.

England will need to beat Scotland in the final game and hope for Wales to either lose or draw the game against Ireland in Cardiff to claim the Six Nations title. Judging by the four tries scored by Scotland in the third quarter here, it remains a problem - and it is with their "psyche", according to Eddie Jones.

"They dug themselves out of a massive hole with proper rugby but they had a little moment in amongst all the madness". We were seduced by the scoreboard, but it was a lesson and we are all disappointed.

Or are we going to go to another World Cup where you still worry about England when the chips are down and the momentum is swinging? Because, for all that England, in the end, avoided the ultimate embarrassment, Jones will be spitting blood.

Farrell had just been penalised for a shoulder barge, was lucky to avoid a yellow card and had lost his composure in his dealings with the referee, Paul Williams.

England coach Eddie Jones says he will protect Joe Cokanasiga from media hyperbole after leaving the wing out of the squad to face Scotland. He is not alone culpable but in a roundabout way, this was a good day for Dylan Hartley. Scotland retained the Calcutta Cup, won 12 months ago at Murrayfield, but missed out on a famous win. But we scored a try and then another and started to believe and scored some great tries, some of them were brilliant ... Probably not, given the way we had played in the first half. This was, after all, their last competitive match before the World Cup and how they could do with a dose of Sir Clive Woodward's T-Cup thinking between now and then.

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They did beat England in Edinburgh a year ago when they outmuscled Jones's team at the ruck and the Australian said he expected a different scenario on Saturday after overseeing a massive improvement in that area, and in their discipline.

And it was slick passing and clever lines that opened England up in the 48th minute, the backs interchanging wonderfully until Graham jinked his way over in the left corner.

Elsewhere Henry Slade returns in the centres to partner Manu Tuilagi.

Scotland stand-off Finn Russell revealed in a television interview after the game that he and Townsend had an "argument" about how Scotland needed to play tactically.

The Saracens number 10 had a kick charged down by hooker Stuart McInally, who collected the loose ball to score Scotland's opening try five minutes from half-time.

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