Owen Farrell was the chief conductor in England’s comfortable win against Scotland at Twickenham.
Farrell, very good against the All Blacks last November, improved on that display with a commanding performance as England saw off a feisty opening 30 minutes from Scotland before taking control to win 38-18.
England led 19-11 after 40 minutes.
The hosts scored four tries to two but the win was more comprehensive than the scoreboard suggests and Farrell was a class above any other back on display. He played with authority and kicked with equal confidence to score 18 points.
Scotland scored the first try of the match but it was a matter of when – and not if – England would take charge and build on the fine win against the All Blacks.
It was imperative England started the Six Nations well after the magical afternoon against the Scots and while this match lacked the enterprise and sparkle of that wonderful occasion it was still an outstanding win against a dogged opponent who was always brave but never good enough to threaten a victory.