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Scotland thrashed

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Monday, February 04, 2013

LONDON - England started their Six Nations campaign with a 38-18 Calcutta Cup win yesterday as Scotland's 30-year wait for a Twickenham triumph was extended yet again.

Scotland's first match under Australian interim coach Scott Johnson started strongly.

The visitors scored the first try of the 131st meeting between rugby's oldest international rivals as New Zealand-born wing Sean Maitland crossed on his Test debut.

But England, fresh from their record-breaking 38-21 win over world champions New Zealand last time out, hit back through Chris Ashton's 17th try in 30 Tests.

And with fly-half Owen Farrell landing five out of five goalkicks in the opening period, England led 19-11 at halftime.

That became 24-11 when centre Billy Twelvetrees marked his Test debut with a try shortly after the break and lock Geoff Parling increased England's lead with his first international try.

Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg, in a move started in front of his own line, scored a fine try 10 minutes from time but England replacement scrum-half Danny Care rounded off the try-count on the stroke of fulltime.

England started brightly, with Twelvetrees, in for the injured Manu Tuilagi, involved in several promising moves after Farrell's second minute penalty.

But it was Scotland, searching for only their fifth Twickenham victory in 46 matches, who scored the first try, in the 10th minute.

Hogg burst through a gap in England's defence between wing Mike Brown and prop Dan Cole before brushing aside a weak tackle from full-back Alex Goode.

The ball went inside to scrum-half Greig Laidlaw and after prop Ryan Grant had been held up, Laidlaw passed to Maitland and he went in at the right corner.

Laidlaw missed the conversion and Scotland's lead was short-lived, with Farrell landing another penalty to make it 6-5.

Farrell and Laidlaw then exchanged penalties, with Scotland, showing six changes from the side beaten 21-15 by Tonga last time out - a defeat that led to Andy Robinson's resignation as coach - eager to run the ball.

However, England eventually managed to retain possession long enough to score their first try 10 minutes before halftime.

Scotland outside-half Ruaridh Jackson's kick was charged down and Parling surged forward.

Twelvetrees advanced into the 22 and, after Joe Launchbury had gone close, it was wing Ashton who grounded the ball.

Farrell added the conversion and England were 16-8 in front, an advantage they would never relinquish.


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