Round One Recap
A disastrous opening 55 minutes in Paris for England saw them 24 points down without a single score of their own, leaving far too much for them to do in the dying embers of the game.
They did, however, manage to salvage a bonus point from that situation and it seems the hangover from the World Cup is in full swing.
Meanwhile, Scotland put in a valiant effort across the Irish sea in Dublin, and if it wasn’t for a calamitous error from Captain Stuart Hogg dropping the ball over the try line, could’ve come away with a lot more than just a losing bonus point in that one.
Finn Russell remains out of the Scottish camp for this next fixture at Murrayfield, but given the ability of Adam Hastings it shouldn’t hinder them to that great an extent.
The hosts will already be reminiscing of their spectacular victory in this fixture two years ago as Eddie Jones’ men began their 2018 capitulation of five straight defeats, with the first of them coming here by 25-13.
Scotland v England Head-To-Head
Between March 2009 up until their trip to Twickenham in 2017, Scotland had failed to win any of the 10 head-to-heads, including all four at Murrayfield.
However, there’s been a swing in the momentum since then as the Scots won that aforementioned outing in their own back yard as well as a remarkable 31-point comeback to earn a draw at the ‘Home of Rugby’ 11 months ago.
Scotland +8 Handicap
The World Cup finalists look a crazy price given how poor they were at Stade de France against a side that had as many as 19 uncapped players throughout their squad, with the likes of Owen Farrell thinking about how many zeros he might have on his new club contract rather than the game itself.
The handicap line is at eight points and seeing as the visitors have only once covered that at Murrayfield from their seven clashes here since 2006, going an even W3-D1-L3 across them we’re confident enough to take them on.
Huw Jones To Score Anytime
With our backing of the hosts on the handicap, we’d also like to back one man in particular on their side to get over the whitewash.
Indeed, Huw Jones brings his a-game against the English, with a brace in both his matches against them, accounting for 40% of his international tries.
ROUND ONE HIGHLIGHTS
SCOTLAND V ENGLAND TEAMS
Scotland: 15 Stuart Hogg (c), 14 Sean Maitland, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Sam Johnson, 11 Blair Kinghorn, 10 Adam Hastings, 9 Ali Price, 8 Magnus Bradbury, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 Jamie Ritchie, 5 Jonny Gray, 4 Scott Cummings, 3 Zander Fagerson, 2 Fraser Brown, 1 Rory Sutherland
Replacements: 16 Stuart McInally, 17 Allan Dell, 18 Simon Berghan, 19 Ben Toolis, 20 Nick Haining, 21 George Horne, 22 Rory Hutchinson, 23 Chris Harris
England: 15 George Furbank, 14 Jonny May, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Owen Farrell (c), 11 Elliot Daly, 10 George Ford, 9 Willi Heinz, 8 Tom Curry, 7 Sam Underhill, 6 Lewis Ludlam, 5 George Kruis, 4 Maro Itoje, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Jamie George, 1 Mako Vunipola
Replacements: 16 Tom Dunn, 17 Ellis Genge, 18 Will Stuart, 19 Joe Launchbury, 20 Courtney Lawes, 21 Ben Earl, 22 Ben Youngs, 23 Ollie Devoto
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