With Ireland suffering defeat at the Principality stadium, England knew that if they could win the Calcutta Cup again that would also be the Six Nations trophy for the second year running. Their form has been questionable whereas Scotland have been on fine form and if they won, they would be in a position to win the Six Nations as well!
Scotland put themselves in abad position straight from the off when Fraser Brown stupidly tip tackled Elliot Daly. It was deemed play on but after a TMO review, it was shown that Brown had put Daly on his upper back, thus resulting in a yellow card. However, Elliot Daly played no further part in the game.
England started with a bang when a great set move and delayed pass by Owen Farrell put Jonathan Jospeh through a gap. The England centre still had a job on his hands though but superbly handed off Alex Dunbar and ran in. The centre had been dropped against Italy but he was showing why he deserves his starting place. Owen Farrell marvellously converted from the touchline and notched two penalties to extend the English lead.
Farrell then played another key role as he combined with George Ford to set up Joseph again. The Bath centre then proceeded to superbly dodge past Stuart Hogg and score another sensational try! England were running riot and after another Farrell conversion, it was England 20, Scotland 0.
Scotland were being punished for their mistakes but they did manage to pull their act together with Gordon Reid powering over from a maul but there was still a massive job on their hands despite the Finn Russell conversion. Farrell did notch a penalty though to push them even further behind.
Scotland’s midfield defensive issues were being exploited by the likes of Jonathan Joseph and it was the Bath centre again who made the break. As he burst through he looked for support and it was his Bath team-mate, Anthony Watson, who cottoned onto the pass and scored. Yet again, Farrell knocked over the conversion.
Ruthless England kept on battering away at Scotland and it was Jonathan Joseph again who crossed. He ran a perfect line and crossed from short range for his hatrick! It was well deserved as the centre had been absolutley marvellous all game. Also to add to the score, Farrell converted again and notched a penalty.
All Scotland had left to play for was pride now. Huw Jones was the man who scored for the Scots after he ran a powerful line and managed to power over from close range.
Bill Vunipola was making his return after a long injury lay off and he marked that with a try. His fellow forwards assisted him in a lengthy drive which pushed Scotland all the way to behind their own line!