England won back the Calcutta Cup and kept their Six Nations title hopes alive with a turgid victory over Scotland in awful weather conditions.
The weather was no more forgiving as driving wind and rain caused chaos for both sides, leading to a string of errors throughout the match.
But replacement prop Ellis Genge barrelled home for the only try with 10 minutes remaining.
RUCK’S MAN OF THE MATCH – Sam Underhill England
All-action display from the Bath flanker whose breakdown work and tackling deservedly earned him the man of the match award.
Jamie George (England): The hooker was the away sides busiest defender as far as tackle-count, nearing 20 tackles by the end. He looked rejuvenated.
Stuart Hogg (Scotland): A class player. Gave more inspiration than braveheart tonight but sometimes tries to do too much. Got lucky when he carried it over.
George Kruis (England): On his return to the starting XV, the Saracens lock was efficient in the line-out and made a stunning 13 tackles in defence. He makes England better.
Theres so many more who get the headlines but George Kruis makes England a better team— david grosvenor (@grosvenor_david) February 8, 2020
Hamish Watson (Scotland): High-energy display in topping the Scotland tackle count from the English-born flanker who was invalided out of the World Cup after just 37 minutes.
Maro Itoje (England): The second-row forced two turnovers with the power of his tackling, stole Scottish lineouts and was a thorn in Scotland’s side at the contact area
Calcutta Cup!!!!🌹🌹🌹 pic.twitter.com/ivWajrRJ1h— Maro Itoje (@maroitoje) February 8, 2020
Willi Heinz (Scotland): Was he an improve on Ben Youngs? No. Poor box-kicking and slow distribution won him no fans on his first England start. Conceding three turnovers, he had an absolute mare.
Conditions are truly truly awful.— Aron Cynan (@acynan97) February 8, 2020
Must be so hard to see.
Pretty sure Andy Nicol just said Willi Heinz had a ‘good game’.
Vision must be disastrous.
Fair to say Willi Heinz has a stinker and willl never play again. #SCOENG— Shane Kelly (@skelly_1989) February 8, 2020
Sam Johnson (Scotland): Charged after the kick-off and buried Jonny May. An abrasive carrier, as England know from a year ago, but was well contained, never getting into the game.
Scotland vs England player ratings
Take a look at how every player rated below.
Scotland: Stuart Hogg (c) 6.5, Sean Maitland 4, Huw Jones 5, Sam Johnson 6, Blair Kinghorn 6, Adam Hastings 6.5, Ali Price 6, Magnus Bradbury 6, Hamish Watson 7, Jamie Ritchie 6.5, Jonny Gray 7, Scott Cummings 6, Zander Fagerson 6, Fraser Brown 4, Rory Sutherland 6
England: George Furbank 6, Jonny May 6, Jonathan Joseph 5, Owen Farrell (c) 6, Elliot Daly 4, George Ford 7, Willi Heinz 3, Tom Curry 7, Sam Underhill 8, Lewis Ludlam 7, George Kruis 7.5, Maro Itoje 6.5, Kyle Sinckler 7, Jamie George 7.5, Mako Vunipola 8