Scotland Defeated Despite Heroic Defence

Scotland Defeated Despite Heroic Defence

 A rollicking start and plenty of on-field heroics weren’t enough to see Scotland retain the Calcutta Cup this afternoon as England snatched victory by 26 points to 12.Phil Godman kicked off for Scotland who soon had Max Evans roaring through England’s defence. An England infringement then led to a Scotland penalty, however Phil Godman missed touch. An attempted break by Mark Cueto saw him hounded into touch by the combined force of Max and Thom Evans. After another England infringement (not rolling away) Chris Paterson saw it safely over the bar.England 0-3 Scotland A break from Riki Flutey came to nothing and Scotland cleared before Thom Evans snaked behind the English defence and flew up the field, looking certain to cross the line, until Ugo Monye intercepted at pace to force Thom’s foot into touch at the corner flag. Delon Armitage then tried to break but the attack came to nothing as Phil Vickery took a knock (replaced by Julian White). After a thumping tackle on Simon Danielli, England scrum-half Harry Ellis was floored (replaced by Danny Care),England were penalised again – Nick Easter holding on to the ball – and Scotland cleared. A Danny Care break saw Ugo Monye rush down the left flank to score; Toby Flood missed the conversion. England 5-3 ScotlandAfter the restart, England got to within a few feet of Scotland’s line before Riki Flutey snaked his way over the whitewash and was awarded a questionable try, converted by Toby Flood.England 12-3 ScotlandMike Blair rushed the England defence but lacked support, with the line in sight, before Phil Godman kicked away the possession. Riki Flutey then got to within yards of the whitewash before Julian White tried to put the ball over the line; the try wasn’t given, however. A run of scrums ended in England being penalised, however a penalty for England, a few minutes later, saw Toby Flood add another three points just before the half-time whistle. Half time:  England 15-3 Scotland Kelly Brown replaced Simon Taylor after half time, and shortly after the restart Scotland gave away a penalty, converted into another three points by Toby Flood.England 18-3 ScotlandA knock on Thom Evans immediately after, saw him replaced by Nick de Luca and an ensuing reshuffle of the pack. Stretching his distance, a penalty to Scotland (at 44 minutes) taken by Chris Paterson is successful.England 18-6 Scotland Jason White then made a break through a gap in the English midfield, adding to the pressure from Scotland who were then awarded a penalty. Phil Godman took the 48m kick, slotted successfully between the uprights.England 18-9 Scotland A Scotland break down the right by Simon Danielli led to him being swallowed up by a desperate England defence. Jason White and Ross Ford were then replaced by Nathan Hines and Dougie Hall respectively (56 mins).England, through Toby Flood, then missed a penalty before Scotland were awarded the same (61 mins) by the centre line. Phil Godman took the shot which fell just inches short.With fifteen minutes to go, the Scots turned up the heat and forced another penalty, taken successfully by Chris Paterson to bring them within a converted score.England 18-12 ScotlandChris Cusiter replaced Mike Blair (67 mins) as Scotland conceded another penalty (not rolling away). England were then awarded a penalty but Toby Flood kicked for the corner.In amongst some England forward ping-pong, and despite heroic defence from the Scots, Danny Care slots a drop goal over the posts.England 21-12 Scotland As Julian White limps off, England are down to 14 men and scrums go uncontested. An England break leads to Mathew Tait going over the line – Andy Goode pulls the conversion, however. Hugo Southwell is stretchered off injured with just minutes to go and at the final whistle the scoreline remains…England 26-12 ScotlandMan of the Match: Riki Flutey (Eng)

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