Sunday 17th March 2019
Myles McDevitt – UCFB Multimedia Sports Journalism Student
By teatime yesterday, the Six Nations crowned Wales champions. There was still one match to be played at Twickenham and no one could foresee the outcome of what was to unfold.
England motored into a 31-0 lead before the half hour mark with Scottish Captain Stuart McInally charging down Owen Farrell’s kick to get Scotland’s first try of the match. Scotland were dreadful in the first half. England were imperious and led 31-7 at the break.
However, Scotland fired back quickly with three successive tries from Darcy Graham who scored twice and Marcus Bradbury to close the gap to seven points with twenty minutes left. England were worried and it was Farrell that handed Finn Russell who had his best game in a Scotland shirt to draw the match level.
Then with five minutes left, Sam Johnson scored a try that left Twickenham silenced and Scotland on course for their first victory at Twickenham since 1983 but England somehow managed to find a way through and George Ford scored a decisive try that would draw the game.
Scotland nearly produced the mother of all comebacks and they will take great confidence heading towards the World Cup whilst England will need to fix their problems quickly or risk losing games.
Yesterday’s match though was the best Six Nations match of the decade. There have been many memorable matches this decade such as Wales’s last gasp win over Scotland in 2010 and Italy’s shock win over France in 2011, this match had everything. Twist and turns at every level.
Gregor Townsend has played in many Calcutta Cup matches but d he couldn’t believe what he was seeing as Scotland coach in both halves with Eddie Jones commenting England’s discipline ultimately cost them dearly in the second half.
Scotland had been written off before the match given the injury problems the squad faced but they gave everything and nearly pulled it off.