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Six Nations | England battle to victory in Scotland

3 - Just three points have been scored in the first half of #SCOvENG, the joint lowest tally in the opening half of a @SixNationsRugby match (also England 3-0 Ireland in 2014 & Ireland 3-0 Scotland in 2013). Blustery. — OptaJonny (@OptaJonny) February 8, 2020 However, replays showed that he had inadvertently grounded the ball behind the try-line with his torso, resulting in a five-metre scrum for England. Hogg's error proved to be costly nonetheless. Genge drove over for the only try of the game from the resulting scrum, with Maro Itoje adding his power to help the Leicester Tigers front row bundle over the line. Farrell converted to make it 10-3 with nine minutes remaining, before adding his second penalty of the match in the 77th minute. Hastings made no mistake from a penalty a minute later, but it was too little too late for Scotland. Gregor Townsend's men are without a win in their opening two games ahead of their trip to Italy next week. England have their first win of the campaign, as well as the Calcutta Cup, and Jones' World Cup finalists will now host Ireland at Twickenham in round three.
47 - @EnglandRugby made 47 kicks from hand against Scotland, their joint most in a Six Nations game (also 47 v France in 2019) and the joint third most by any side in a match in the Championship (Ireland 54 v France in 2003, Italy 53 v Wales in 2009). Tactical. — OptaJonny (@OptaJonny) February 8, 2020
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