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SIX NATIONS 2013: Andy Farrell – Jim Telfer "arrogant England" jibes are just a Scotsman trying to stir passion

Farrell: Telfer's 'arrogant England' jibes are just a Scotsman trying to stir up passion

By
Alex Lowe, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

16:15 GMT, 29 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:53 GMT, 29 January 2013

JIM TELFER EXCLUSIVE

Lions legend: Jim Telfer was critical of England

England are too arrogant, pretentious and condescending to realise they're not as good as they think they are!

Click here to read the full explosive interview

Andy Farrell has insisted he does not recognise the accusation of 'arrogance' that has been levelled at the England squad by Lions legend Jim Telfer.

Responding to Sportsmail's exclusive interview with the former Scotland coach, Farrell revealed the players have laughed off the jibes, which he believes are designed to get the Scots fired up before their trip to Twickenham for Saturday’s Calcutta Cup showdown.

The England management under Stuart Lancaster have worked hard over the last 12 months to eradicate any sense of arrogance from the national team.

Big week ahead: The England squad in training at Pennyhill Park in Bagshot on Tuesday morning

Big week ahead: The England squad in training at Pennyhill Park in Bagshot on Tuesday morning

Farrell said: 'I definitely don’t recognise anything he has said.

'People say this every year about the English anyway. It has stuck now. That is why we take it tongue-in-cheek. We know exactly what we are about.

'A couple of the lads have seen it and they are all taking the mick out of each other. They think it’s quite funny about those who have been mentioned. There are a few jokes flying around the place.'

Telfer told Sportsmail that England, who beat New Zealand on the same weekend as Scotland lost to Tonga, are not as good as they think they are.

Impressionable England scrum-half Ben Youngs (above) and wing Chris Ashton (below)

Impressionable England scrum-half Ben Youngs (above) and wing Chris Ashton (below)

Impressionable England scrum-half Ben Youngs (above) and wing Chris Ashton (below)

He said: 'They are too arrogant, too pretentious and too condescending to realise they have a problem.'

Chris Ashton, Danny Care, Ben Youngs and Manu Tuilagi were named as 'very impressionable' players who let the All Blacks win go to their heads.

There was credit for England’s coaching team of Lancaster, Farrell and Graham Rowntree, who Telfer described as: 'All from the North and all down to earth.'

Lancaster’s first aim when he took interim charge of the England squad a year ago was to reconnect the national team to their roots.

On the ball: England backs coach Andy Farrell, and with captain Chris Robshaw (below) on Tuesday

On the ball: England backs coach Andy Farrell, and with captain Chris Robshaw (below) on Tuesday

Talking tactics: England backs coach Andy Farrell (right) with captain Chris Robshaw on Tuesday

Top post: England boss Stuart Lancaster

Top post: England boss Stuart Lancaster

In the wake of the 2011 World Cup disappointments, Lancaster wanted to restore a sense of pride in the jersey from within the squad and a sense of pride in the England team from the public.

England now prepare for the RBS 6 Nations in Leeds rather than in Portugal. They drew 6,000 to an open training session at Headingley and Lancaster last Friday held a seminar for 500 grass-roots coaches.

Telfer’s comments have certainly stoked the boiler ahead of Saturday’s Six Nations opener at Twickenham, where Scotland have not won in 30 years.

'He’s Scottish isn’t he, very passionate about his country and he wants to give his lads as much belief as he can,' Farrell said. 'He cares about his country.

'It is him trying to do the right thing by his own country, to try and motivate them.

'That is what he has always been about really – passion and stirring a few feathers up along the way. It is what you want, a bit of passion.'

Northampton 9 Harlequins 18: Mike Brown wants to be full back

Northampton 9 Harlequins 18: Brown throws down the gauntlet as he drives Quins on

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UPDATED:

22:13 GMT, 22 December 2012

Mike Brown has made it known to Stuart Lancaster that he is not content to play on the wing for England and wants to be selected as full back. If Saturday is anything to go by, the feisty Harlequin may yet get his way.

In front of the watching England head coach, Brown produced a stellar performance as the last line of defence in difficult conditions to take the man-of-the-match award.

Harlequins grabbed a vital win over title contenders Northampton to maintain their position at the top of the Aviva Premiership.

Not content: Mike Brown says he wants to play at full-back

Not content: Mike Brown says he wants to play at full-back

Even better for the 27-year-old was
the fact that Ben Foden was playing opposite him. Foden was back from
the ankle injury that kept him out of the autumn internationals in which
Brown started the last two Tests on the wing to great effect, while
Alex Goode played at full back.

Foden will be expected to press for a
start when England reconvene for the Calcutta Cup match against Scotland
at Twickenham in February in the opening RBS Six Nations match.

But he may struggle to make the
starting line-up, while Goode has been thrown down a direct challenge by
Brown — happy to play on the wing for his country, but preferring to
start at the back.

Getting his kicks: Nick Evans had an extremely productive day

Getting his kicks: Nick Evans had an extremely productive day

Quins director of rugby Conor O’Shea
revealed last night that a four-man discussion took place at training
the day before Harlequins thrashed Zebre in the Heineken Cup last
weekend between Brown, O’Shea himself, Lancaster and England backs coach
Andy Farrell.

Brown made it clear he wanted to play
as full back. ‘Mike wants to play for England and, in my opinion, you
always play your best team,’ said former Ireland full back O’Shea, who
picked him in his favoured position on Saturday.

‘Stuart and Andy came down to watch
training the other week and the four of us had a chat about it. Browny
will play anywhere for England and he had a great autumn series, but
given a choice it’s at full back where he really wants to play.’

On the run: Ben Foden breaks through the tackles of Ugo Monye and Mike Brown

On the run: Ben Foden breaks through the tackles of Ugo Monye and Mike Brown

The watching Lancaster would have
noticed Brown’s commanding display and the way natural playmakers such
as scrum half Danny Care sensibly curbed their enthusiasm to play cute
in such wet, slippery and muddy conditions. There was also another
physical performance from No 8 Nick Easter, who remains out of England
reckoning.

But Lancaster would also have felt
some sympathy for Foden, who managed to burst his way across the Quins
line in the 22nd minute and score, only to find out that the pass from
George Pisi was judged forward.

Replays revealed that this was a
highly dubious decision and even O’Shea conceded it was probably a try.
‘The pass looked pretty flat to me,’ he added. ‘In these games, the
margins are always very tight.’

At that stage the score was 3-3, with
Nick Evans and Stephen Myler scoring penalties. Myler twice kicked for
the corner rather than attempting the three points after Foden’s
disallowed try. A further penalty from Evans gave the visitors a narrow
interval lead.

Battle: A tight match was won by Harlequins

Battle: A tight match was won by Harlequins

Myler equalised in the 58th minute but
three further penalties from Evans earned Quins a nine point lead. Ryan
Lamb reduced the arrears to six points seven minutes from time but
Evans, with the last kick of the game, confirmed a vital win for the
Londoners — 14 out of 17 this season in all competitions — and robbed
the Saints of even a losing bonus point.

Jim Mallinder, surveying the wreckage
of a fourth home defeat in five, was understandably frustrated
afterwards, especially regarding the Foden ‘try’ that was not given.

‘It’s ridiculous that with all the
technology on hand we don’t use it for situations like that,’ he said,
accepting that referee Wayne Barnes had already blown on the advice of
his touch judge, thus removing any role for the TV official.

As for Quins, with Brown in such imperious form, life looks bright.

Scotland 15 Tonga 21: Robinson left fighting for his job after abject display

Scotland 15 Tonga 21: Robinson left fighting for his job after abject display

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UPDATED:

19:26 GMT, 24 November 2012

Tonga triumphed in Aberdeen as Scotland slumped to another miserable loss which is sure to pile pressure on head coach Andy Robinson.

Tries from Lua Lokotui and Fetu'u Vainikolo and 11 points from the boot of Fangatapu Apikotoa earned Tonga a memorable win at Pittodrie.

No place to hide: Scotland coach Andy Robinson

No place to hide: Scotland coach Andy Robinson

Greig Laidlaw kicked five penalties for Scotland, who were blunt in attack, as Robinson's men fell to a third defeat of the EMC Test series following losses to New Zealand and South Africa.

It was an attritional affair on a narrow pitch which limited space and, once again, Scotland's passing lacked the accuracy required as the ball hit the floor with alarming regularity.

Scotland lacked ideas to overcome their physical opponents, who had three players sin-binned but were deserved winners as the hosts tasted defeat in Aberdeen for the first time.

A season which featured early World Cup elimination and a RBS 6 Nations wooden spoon was revived by the June wins in Australia, Fiji and Samoa before New Zealand and South Africa inflicted defeats which will see Scotland outside the top eight seeds for the 2015 World Cup draw.

Assuming he is retained, Robinson will next enter his fourth Six Nations, beginning with the Calcutta Cup at Twickenham, needing a remarkable turnaround to avoid another abject spring showing.

No contest: Scotland's Rory Lawson runs into Tonga's Sione Timani

No contest: Scotland's Rory Lawson runs into Tonga's Sione Timani

No contest: Scotland's Rory Lawson runs into Tonga's Sione Timani

No contest: Scotland's Rory Lawson runs into Tonga's Sione Timani

Due to a mixture of choice and circumstance, change was required for the final match of 2012, with six alterations from the XV which began the Springboks Test.

Making their first starts were scrum-half Henry Pyrgos and loosehead prop Kyle Traynor, who was released by Edinburgh in the summer but brought in due to decimated front-row resources.

Hooker Scott Lawson, lock Alastair Kellock, flanker Alasdair Strokosch and centre Max Evans also started.

Tonga lost to Italy and beat the United States this month and featured a host of European-based players eager to claim another northern hemisphere scalp following their World Cup win over France in the third Test between the sides.

Scotland were bidding for a morale-boosting win, just as they claimed in 1995 and 2001, but fell behind early on.

Apikotoa missed an early penalty from 45 metres before kicking a second from in front of the posts after Scotland killed the ball.

A Laidlaw penalty attempt careered back off the post before he kicked Scotland level after 11 minutes.

Crestfallen: Dejected Scotland players

Crestfallen: Dejected Scotland players

Tim Visser and Sean Lamont stretched Tonga down the left and a period of concerted pressure followed.

Scotland piled over the line, but it was impossible to rule whether the ball was grounded beneath a heap of bodies.

Scotland struggled to breach the Tonga defence until a gap presented itself to Laidlaw and he took it.

The fly-half ran 30 metres towards the Tonga line, with Visser on his left shoulder, but marked, and Strokosch on his right.

The flanker fumbled Laidlaw's pass as defenders recovered, the danger brought to an end.

Tonga continually infringed and referee Mathieu Raynal lost patience when Lokotui obstructed Richie Gray at a lineout and was sent to the sin-bin.

Prop Halani Aulika was fortunate not to join him after body-checking Matt Scott, with no attempt to tackle using his arms.

Tonga's short-handed scrum were penalised and Laidlaw's kick was successful to give Scotland a narrow half-time lead.

Scotland continued to struggle with ball in-hand, a Lamont carry deep into the 22 one of the few occasions the hosts breached enemy lines.

A penalty followed which Laidlaw kicked to extend the lead to six points, but Tonga kept up the pressure.

Apikotoa missed the chance to reduce the arrears, but Tonga's persistence paid off when they spread the ball wide and Lokotui made amends for his earlier indiscretion by burrowing over. Apikotoa converted to put Tonga 10-9 ahead.

Laidlaw kicked two more penalties to give the hosts a five-point lead entering the final quarter, but the advantage crumbled all too easily.

The ball was spread wide to Vainikolo, who simply stepped up the pace and ghosted down the left, evading substitute Nick De Luca, to score.

The conversion was missed by Apikotoa and Bath fly-half Tom Heathcote came on for his debut.

Nili Latu became the second Tongan sin-binned 11 minutes from time for leaping on top of a maul, but Heathcote's resulting penalty was short.

The task became tougher for Scotland when Apikotoa kicked his third penalty to leave the hosts requiring a converted try to win with six minutes left.

Sione Timani was sin-binned, temporarily reducing Tonga to 13 men.

Latu returned, with an attacking scrum for Scotland as the game ticked into added time.

Scotland nudged forward, but captain Kelly Brown lost control at the base of the set-piece and Tonga scrambled clear.

The last act of the game was Heathcote dropping a Rory Lawson pass as Scottish players stood crestfallen – and defeated – across the pitch.

SIX NATIONS 2012: Jamie Roberts defends Dan Parks over Calcutta Cup mistake

Roberts: Don't blame Parks for Calcutta defeat

Jamie Roberts has defended his Cardiff Blues team-mate Dan Parks ahead of the Wales clash with Scotland today after the stand-off's international retirement following defeat in the Calcutta Cup.

Australian-born Parks was held responsible by some for England's win after his charged-down kick led to the crucial try by Charlie Hodgson 30 seconds into the second half.

Parks announced his retirement two days later, with Edinburgh's Greig Laidlaw taking over the No 10 jersey on Sunday, but Roberts blames the whole Scotland team for their setback rather than just Parks.

Park Strife: Parks received criticism after the charge down (below)

Park Strife: Parks received criticism after the charge down (below)

Charge down: Parks kick is blocked

TEAM LINE-UPS:

Wales: Halfpenny, Cuthbert, Davies, Roberts, North, Priestland, Phillips; Jenkins, Bennett, A Jones, R Jones, Evans, Lydiate, Warburton, Faletau.

Subs: Owens, James, Reed, Powell, L Williams, Hook, Williams.

Scotland: R Lamont, Jones, De Luca, S Lamont, Evans, Laidlaw, Cusiter; Jacobsen, Ford, Cross, Gray, Hamilton, Strokosch, Rennie, Denton.

Subs: Lawson, Kalman, Kellock, Barclay, Blair, Weir, Hogg.

Referee: R Poite (France)

'My heart goes out to Dan,' said Wales centre Roberts. 'But I always say you win as a team and you lose as a team.

'It's never good to see your attempted clearance charged down which then leads to an opposition try, but Scotland had many chances after that to win and failed to do so.

'Dan has scored more points in the Celtic League than any other player in history and has won many a game both for Cardiff and Scotland with his kicking.'

It is because of Scotland's failure to turn possession into points last Saturday, as well as the memory of seeing a 10-point lead with two minutes left evaporate two years ago in Cardiff, that Roberts expects a serious test of Wales' title credentials today.

He said: 'We have a golden opportunity in this tournament but it will all go up in smoke if the Scots ambush us.'

Wales captain Sam Warburton remains a major injury doubt, after he suffered internal bleeding from a 'dead leg' against Ireland in Dublin.

Coach Warren Gatland will give him until as late as possible to claim his place at the Millennium Stadium.

Six Nations 2012: England to name unchanged side

Same again for England with Lancaster set to name unchanged side

England's interim coach Stuart Lancaster is expected to name an unchanged team for Saturday's RBS 6 Nations showdown with Italy at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.

Phil Dowson appears to have held off a challenge from Ben Morgan to keep his place at number eight after making his Test debut in last weekend's 13-6 Calcutta Cup victory over Scotland.

Charlie Hodgson took a blow to the shoulder at Murrayfield but he is fit to continue at fly-half with Owen Farrell and Brad Barritt again forming an all-Saracens midfield.

Named: Charlie Hodgson will retain his place in the England side

Named: Charlie Hodgson will retain his place in the England side

Chris Robshaw will lead England for the second time after an impressive performance against Scotland, knowing Lancaster plans to review the captaincy role after this game.

Lancaster will confirm his side at 9.45am on Thursday.

England are without Toby Flood and Manu Tuilagi, although both players could feature for Leicester this weekend and be available to face Wales on February 25. The Northampton pair of Courtney Lawes and Tom Wood are also still sidelined.

But Saints scrum-half Lee Dickson is thought to have recovered from a hand injury to retain his place on the bench, where England are likely to stick with a four-three split between forwards and backs.

Fit: Lee Dickson will be on the bench as England face Italy in Rome

Fit: Lee Dickson will be on the bench as England face Italy in Rome

Two years ago, England picked two replacement props for their trip to Rome, handing Matt Mullan a debut off the bench in a 17-12 victory.
Matt Stevens is set to cover both sides this weekend, with Harlequins loosehead Joe Marler asked to continue waiting for his own Test debut.

Joe Simpson, the Wasps scrum-half, is also set to miss out on a place in the 22 although he and Marler will both travel to Rome with the squad on Thursday night.

Italy coach Jacques Brunel has made two changes to the side that was beaten by France last week, handing starts to Aironi lock Marco Bortolami Clermont Auvergne centre Gonzalo Canale.

Veteran flanker Mauro Bergamasco has been included on the bench after recovering from the shoulder injury that ruled him out of the 2011 championship and last weekend's 30-12 defeat at the Stade de France.

SIX NATIONS 2012: Karl Dickson called into England squad

Scrum-half Dickson called into England squad after brother Lee suffers broken hand


Oh brother: Karl Dickson is in...

Oh brother: Karl Dickson is in…

Harlequins scrum-half Karl Dickson has been called into the England squad as a replacement for his younger brother Lee, who fractured a bone in his left hand against Scotland.

Lee Dickson, the Northampton scrum-half, is expected to be sidelined for four weeks after suffering the injury during his Test debut as a replacement in England's 13-6 Calcutta Cup victory.

Toby Flood is in contention for a return to the England team for next weekend's RBS 6 Nations clash with Italy after being recalled to the training squad.

... but Lee Dickson (right) is out after breaking his hand against Scotland

… but Lee Dickson (right) is out after breaking his hand against Scotland

Flood made his comeback from a knee
ligament injury yesterday, playing 30 minutes off the bench in
Leicester's 24-13 LV= Cup win over Newcastle.

The Tigers fly-half will have until Tuesday night, when England's 32-man squad is trimmed down, to convince interim head coach Stuart Lancaster of his match fitness.

England are monitoring the shoulder injury that forced Charlie Hodgson to leave the field against Scotland.

"Nerveless" Farrell earns the plaudits as he puts the boot into Scotland

'Nerveless' Farrell earns the plaudits as he puts the boot into Scotland

Owen Farrell had the demeanour of a
50-cap veteran last night after his penalty six minutes from time sealed
an unlikely victory over Scotland to win the Calcutta Cup for the
new-look England.

The 20-year-old Saracens centre had
scored with a previous penalty and converted Charlie Hodgson's try
seconds into the second half, but it was his 74th minute strike,
described by interim head coach Stuart Lancaster as 'nerveless', that
ensured it would be England's night, and suggested that the son of the
England backs coach, Andy, has a long Test career ahead of him.

Putting the boot in: Owen Farrell kicks downfield

Putting the boot in: Owen Farrell kicks downfield

'I'm a pretty confident guy so that last kick was the result of all the practice I put in,' Farrell junior said.

'You have to focus on the kick, and not all the peripherals. Hopefully, these will be the first of many points I score for England.'

He was more eager to talk about his team-mates' performance, far from convincing in some areas, but compelling in character. 'We gelled immediately and fought for each other,' he said.

Old head on young shoulders: Farrell scores a penalty

Old head on young shoulders: Farrell scores a penalty

'It's great to have this first experience of international rugby under our belt as a team and we should be better for it next week in Italy. At the end we got in a huddle and talked about needing to push on now we have this win.'

Farrell may have wanted to play his role down but others were quick to praise him.

'He has an awesome temperament, doesn't he' said Ben Youngs.

'He looked as if he'd been playing for England all his life. I reckon he'll be playing for his country for a very long time.'

It was Youngs's intervention that prevented Greg Laidlaw from touching down to score in the 62nd minute, a decision made by TMO Nigel Whitehouse that angered Scotland coach Andy Robinson.

'First, Laidlaw fouled me in trying to get to the ball and secondly I never thought he scored,' said Youngs.

'When I saw the replays I realised he had got a lot closer than I thought. It was the right decision.'

Chris Ashton, meanwhile, took at swipe at Robinson for labelling England 'arrogant' in the build-up.

Family affair: Farrell and his father, assistant England coach coach Andy Farrell, with the Calcutta Cup

Family affair: Farrell and his father, assistant England coach coach Andy Farrell, with the Calcutta Cup

'It simply adds fuel to the fire and makes the win a little bit sweeter,' he said.

Dejected Robinson said: 'I'd like to congratulate Stuart Lancaster and the England management for their victory.

'Their team worked very hard tonight.'

Six Nations 2012: Scotland warn England

Prepare for a Scottish storm! Robinson warns England to expect explosive clash

England were placed on high alert about the threat of a wet and wild Calcutta Cup showdown at Murrayfield as Andy Robinson warned that his Scotland team will aim to create chaos and ‘mayhem’.

As Chris Robshaw prepared to lead the overhauled national team for the first time in a potentially explosive RBS Six Nations opener, the coach of the host nation outlined the stark challenge they face.

With rain forecast, Robinson declared that his players are ready to produce a storm of their own for the invaders from across the border.

Game on! Andy Robinson oversees Scotland's final preparations

Game on! Andy Robinson oversees Scotland's final preparations

‘I never played here at Murrayfield,’ said the former England flanker. ‘The first time I coached here was in 2002. The first time I ever came here was in 2000, to watch England get beaten, when Scotland created chaos and won.

‘Having played against Scotland at Twickenham, against JJ (John Jeffrey) and Finlay Calder, I was involved in the chaos then.

‘We’ve got to create that chaos tomorrow in the way we play.

Up for it: Scotland have not lost to England at Murrayfield since 2004

Up for it: Scotland have not lost to England at Murrayfield since 2004

‘For me as a coach, I’ve challenged the players to play that way. It is about us creating mayhem in the England attack by the way we defend.’

Yet, while Scotland set their stall out to engage in a spoiling exercise, England coach Andy Farrell insisted his young side — including his son, Owen — are full of belief.

‘You’d rather have confidence than experience,’ he said. ‘We’ll be ready for any type of game Scotland throw at us, there’s absolutely no doubt about that. We’ll be very confident going into the game.’

Freezing weather affects sporting programme

Freezing weather forces a number of weekend's sporting fixtures to be called off

Britain's freezing weather has played havoc with this weekend's sporting programme, with a host of football matches and other events postponed.

The Championship game between Portsmouth and Hull has been called off, along with a number of games in League One and League Two.

Race meetings at Sandown, Wetherby and Ffos Las were also postponed.

Weather woe: Many fixtures have been called off this weekend

Weather woe: Many fixtures have been called off this weekend

As much of the country was prepared for widespread snow, the message in many parts is to stay indoors.

However, a host of sporting encounters will go ahead as planned, including seven Premier League matches and a full Championship programme.

Arsenal's match against Blackburn begins at 1pm, two hours earlier than was planned due to closures on the London Underground.

There are five matches starting at 3pm, and a later match at 5.30pm between leaders Manchester City and Fulham.

The Six Nations Championship also begins this weekend, with Saturday's highlight the Calcutta Cup clash between Scotland and England at Murrayfield, which starts at 5pm. The game is expected to be played in freezing conditions.

THE FIXTURES CALLED OFF SO FAR

Football

Championship

Portsmouth v Hull

League One

Colchester v Sheffield United
Notts County v Stevenage
Oldham v Leyton Orient
Preston v Brentford

League Two

Aldershot v Bristol Rovers
Crewe v Accrington
Gillingham v Hereford
Morecambe v Dagenham
Oxford v Barnet
Rotherham v Torquay

Racing

Sandown
Wetherby
Ffos Las

Scotland A 35 England Saxons 0: Weir leads the way as Scots thrash bitter rivals

Scotland A 35 England Saxons 0: Weir leads the way as Scots thrash bitter rivals

Scotland A showed their senior counterparts the way ahead of the Calcutta Cup clash at Murrayfield as they emphatically beat England Saxons in Galashiels.

Tries from Duncan Weir, who finished with 20 points, plus Stuart Hogg, Rory Lawson and Matt Scott saw the home side pile on the points under the Netherdale floodlights as the visitors finished with no reward.

A crowd of 4,124 enjoyed a feast of rugby from the Scots who were for the most part a real force.

Here we go! Duncan Weir celebrates his try for Scotland A against England

Here we go! Duncan Weir celebrates his try for Scotland A against England

Scotland dominated the first half and were well worthy of their 13-0 lead at the interval.

Coach Michael Bradley had called for Borderers to get behind the team and he was not disappointed.

The Scots were full of running and when England were penalised for not rolling away, Weir kicked the goal to give the Scots a start on the scoreboard after just three minutes.

The English were unable to stretch the Scotland defensive line, where the tackling was secure.

Scores on the doors: Scotland thrashed their English counterparts

Scores on the doors: Scotland thrashed their English counterparts

It was a Hawick man who delighted the
crowd when Glasgow full-back Hogg stormed home over 60 metres and Weir
converted for a 10-0 lead.

Scotland tackled aggressively and denied the Saxons any scoring opportunities and the English were short of ideas beyond the Scottish 22.
Scotland missed an opportunity to add to their lead with a penalty as Weir pulled his kick wide.

England lock James Gaskell fell foul of referee Leighton Hodges after 37 minutes, sin-binned for a high tackle on Matt Scott. The Scots started to make the extra man count, and when England were caught offside, Weir kicked his second penalty for a 13-0 interval lead.

Hold it: England player Ed Slater runs through the tackle of Tom Brown

Hold it: England player Ed Slater runs through the tackle of Tom Brown

The Scots were well on top and Weir ran in his try in the 52nd minute as he sped from a scrum to score under the posts, and then converted his own score.

And when Ed Slater was the second Englishman to be binned, Weir stretched the home lead.

It was all Scotland as Lawson and Scott added further tries and Weir converted one.