Scotland paste Poms
25 Feb 2006
Scotland have stunned England at Murrayfield, winning 18-12.
Chris Paterson kicked five penalties and Dan Parks snapped over a second half drop goal to secure the win. The teams were level 3-all at halftime.
The victory, Scotland’s first over England since 2000, means that the winner of the French and England Six Nations match could well decide the tournament. Both pre-tournament favourites have two wins and a defeat after three rounds.
Scotland, victors over France at Murrayfield three weeks ago, came unstuck on their travels to Cardiff, but once back at home they were again defensive demons, snuffing any England try-scoring with magnificent goalline defence.
“It was an awesome defensive effort,” said Scotland coach Frank Hadden. “England played pretty well today and I know they get a lot of criticism for their sytyle but they hold up the ball really well. As the game went on we gained momentum and certainly in last the 20 minutes we were on top. Their (the players) commitment, pride and enthusiasm was fantastic.”
Man of the match Jason White said the victory had not surprised his team as much as it may have surprised others.
“It is brilliant! We are getting better every game we have played,” said White, who made his debut six years ago on the last occasion that Scotland beat England.
“We could have gone on for another 10 minutes because we were fighting together. The only worrying thing was that we kept on giving them penalties.”
England trailed three-nil early on and led for the first time a minute into the second half. The lead lasted just a couple of minutes and it was the last time England were on level terms with Scotland.
Chris Paterson extended the led to 9-6, Dan Parks added a drop goal in the 56th minute and two further Paterson penalties nailed England’s Grand Slam ambitions for another year.
Scotland – Penalties: Chris Paterson (5)
D/goals: Dan Parks
England – Penalties: Charlie Hodgson (4)