England V Scotland

Scotland retained the Calcutta Cup with an incredible fightback scoring five tries in the second half to briefly lead at Twickenham before an England try at the death created a unique 38-38 draw.

The visitors were staring down a 24-point half time deficit as England were scoring at almost a point a minute at one stage and only a Stuart McInally try halted the tide in the opening 40.

But an early try in the second half by winger Darcy Graham lit a small spark of hope, which quickly turned into a blue blaze. Russell missed conversion.

47 mins: England 31-12 Scotland

Scotland were suddenly finding the same open spaces which were tormenting them in the opening period, but with ball in hand chances were being taken.

Magnus Bradbury scored Scotland’s third try with a rampaging run into the 22 from a sharp Ali Price break. Russell converted.

50 mins: England 31-19 Scotland

England regrouped but a steal by Byron McGuigan won back possession and from a subsequent penalty Russell kicked deep into England territory.

From the lineout Scotland whipped the ball wide for Sean Maitland make space and Darcy Graham to score his second try of the day. No conversion.

56 mins: England 31-24 Scotland

Scotland were sensing an historic win and England were increasingly under pressure and their attack wasn’t functioning in the face of staunch defence.

It was defence turned into attack which created the next Scottish try with Finn Russell on the hour snatching an intercept from a Farrell pass and score under the posts. Laidlaw converted.

60 mins: England 31-31 Scotland

Scotland kept up their momentum and which both sides shadow boxing with kicks and counters the game was tightly poised.

Then with only four minutes left a Scots attack saw Sam Johnson break through the English line and ride the covering tackles to score under the posts. Laidlaw converted.

76 mins: England 31-38 Scotland

The restart gave England territory in the Scots half and from there they built pressure as the clock ticked down. Wave after wave was repelled until George Ford slipped through to score, the conversion levelled the scores and ended an extraordinary game.

Full time: England 38-38 Scotland

Scotland: 15. Sean Maitland (Saracens), 14. Darcy Graham (Edinburgh), 13. Nick Grigg (Glasgow Warriors), 12. Sam Johnson (Glasgow Warriors), 11. Byron McGuigan (Sale Sharks), 10. Finn Russell (Racing 92), 9. Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors), 1. Allan Dell (Edinburgh), 2. Stuart McInally (Edinburgh) (c), 3. Willem Nel (Edinburgh), 4. Ben Toolis (Edinburgh), 5. Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh), 6. Sam Skinner (Exeter Chiefs), 7. Hamish Watson (Edinburgh), 8. Magnus Bradbury (Edinburgh).

Replacements: 16. Fraser Brown on for McInally 56’, 17. Gordon Reid on for Dell 44’, 18. Simon Berghan on for WP Nel 60’, 19. Jonny Gray on for Gilchrist 56’, 20. Josh Strauss on for Skinner 56’, 21. Greig Laidlaw on for Price 56’, 22. Adam Hastings on for Maitland 67’, 23. Chris Harris on for Nick Grigg 56’

England: 15. Elliot Daly (Wasps), 14. Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs), 13. Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs), 12. Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers), 11. Jonny May (Leicester Tigers), 10. Owen Farrell (Saracens) (captain), 9. Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers), 1. Ben Moon (Exeter Chiefs), 2. Jamie George (Saracens), 3. Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins), 4. Joe Launchbury (Wasps), 5. George Kruis (Saracens), 6. Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons), 7. Tom Curry (Sale Sharks), 8. Billy Vunipola (Saracens).

Replacements: 16. Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs), 17. Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers), 18. Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers), 19. Brad Shields (Wasps), 20. Nathan Hughes (Wasps), 21. Ben Spencer (Saracens), 22. George Ford (Leicester Tigers), 23. Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors)

live commentary 5:00 PM Saturday 16 Mar 2019

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