England player ratings vs Scotland: 2024 Six Nations - Ruck

England player ratings vs Scotland: 2024 Six Nations

England player ratings vs Scotland as Steve Borthwick’s men fought hard to recapture the Calcutta Cup following tense match at Murrayfield.

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In a historic feat, Duhan van der Merwe etched his name into the annals of Scottish rugby, clinching the title of the first ever Scotland player to notch a Calcutta Cup hat-trick. In a mesmerizing display of skill and tenacity, the hosts secured their fourth consecutive Six Nations victory over England, igniting Murrayfield with their fiery performance.

Van der Merwe, known for his sheer power and relentless determination, had already left an indelible mark at Twickenham last year with two remarkable tries. However, he raised the bar even higher this time around, showcasing his prowess with a flawless hat-trick.

Despite valiant efforts from George Furbank and Immanuel Feyi-Waboso, who notched their maiden tries for England, it was Van der Merwe who emerged as the undisputed star of the show. With clinical precision and unwavering focus, he dominated the field, leaving spectators in awe.

Finn Russell, impeccable with his kicks, played a pivotal role in ensuring Scotland maintained a commanding lead throughout the match, despite the rough and tumble nature of the contest.

Not since the era of Queen Victoria’s reign had Scotland achieved such a remarkable feat, marking their fourth consecutive triumph over England in the prestigious competition—a testament to their unwavering determination and relentless pursuit of glory.

Scroll down for the England player ratings vs Scotland.

The Scorers:

Scotland: 30

  • Tries: Duhan van der Merwe(19′, 29′, 44′)
  • Cons: Finn Russell(20′, 30′, 46′)
  • Pens: Finn Russell(34′, 56′,65′)

England: 21

  • Tries: George Furbank(04′), Feyi-Waboso (66′)
  • Cons: George Ford(06′)
  • Pens: George Ford(14′, 49′)
  • Drop-goals: George Ford(35′)

RUCK’s Player Of The Match:

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England player ratings vs Scotland:

15. George Furbank – 7

Marked his return to the test match stage with a try after just five minutes, as he gave a clinical edge to England’s attack. However, this was countered out when he knocked the ball froward into the hands of Huw Jones, for Duhan van der Merwe’s try. 

14. Tommy Freeman – 6.5

Missed tackle on Huw jones, as the centre powered through for van der Merwe’s first try. Made a 44’ key tackle on Kinghorn, but it was made redundant just led to van der Merwe’s 3rd try. Tip tackled by the Scottish wing who headed to the sin bin upon the announcement of his Player of the Match award. A solid effort in attack by the Northampton Saints man.

13. Henry Slade – 6

Tried to incorporate footballing skills into the match, with some cross-field kicks and nudges into the back-field. Throws options up to the line, and provided the England back-line with an interlinking ballplayer. Received some treatment at 43 minutes and was light on his feet for the rest of the match.

12. Ollie Lawrence – 5

Not what the Bath centre would have wanted upon his return from injury. The powerhouse came alive with some clattering hits, yet threw a wayward pass into touch at 76 minutes that summed up his afternoon. So much more was wanted from England fans, who were excited to see him comeback.

11. Elliot Daly – 7

Provided the assist to George Furbank’s try, an excellent line reading when bringing in the attacking options. Daly presented top quality kicking, as he cleared his lines every time it threatened the left flank. Overshadowed by van der Merwe, and Feyi-Waboso’s immediate impact off the bench.

10. George Ford – vice captain – 7

Neatly pulled the strings with a great pass to Daly, in what led to the assist to Furbank. Stripped the ball of van Der merwe, in a rare miss-step for the wing. Slotted a sublime drop goal, and did his best to keep his side in the contest. Withdrawn earlier than expected as Fin Smith was introduced.