By Mitch Phillips
LONDON, February 6 (Reuters) – Scotland ended 38 years of waiting for a win at Twickenham on Saturday with emphatic style as they produced a superb performance to overwhelm defending champions England 11 -6 on the opening day of the Six Nations Championship and claim the Calcutta Cup.
Scotland controlled most of the first half and led 8-0 thanks to an excellent try from winger Duhan van der Merwe. But they were frustrated that they didn’t have more points on the board and that their own indiscipline allowed England to come back to 8-6 at the break with two penalties from Owen Farrell.
Scottish half-butterfly Finn Russell came back from the trash early in the second half to stretch a header and with captain Stuart Hogg and starting center Cameron Redpath on fire, England barely managed to escape from his own half and never threatened a try from a distance.
As the rain poured down on an empty Twickenham, Scotland continued to make the best decisions and although two missed goalkicks made for a nervous final, this time two years after England scored a try at the 83rd minute to snatch a 38 draw, they held it almost comfortably.
It was a remarkable way for Scotland to mark the 150th anniversary of the game, the oldest in international rugby.