Steve Borthwick: England should not have let lead slip away | Gregor Townsend: Duhan der Merwe attempt ‘like Jonah Lomu Rugby’ | Rugby Union Information

New England head coach Steve Borthwick was denied a win in his first match since succeeding Eddie Jones as they had been overwhelmed 29-23 by Scotland at Twickenham; Scotland boss Gregor Townsend heaped reward on two-try hero Duhan van der Merwe, who scored a surprising solo effort

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Steve Borthwick was denied a win in his first game as England head coach

Steve Borthwick was denied a win in his first recreation as England head coach

Steve Borthwick was left to rue a end result which slipped by way of England’s grasp after they had been overwhelmed 29-23 by Scotland of their opening match of this 12 months’s Six Nations.

The hosts fought again from going 12-7 down to steer by a degree at half-time at Twickenham due to Max Malins’ first two tries in an England shirt after which had been 20-12 up early within the second half on the again of Ellis Genge’s transformed rating.

However Ben White’s sniping run to complete and Duhan van der Merwe’s second attempt to go along with a surprising first-half rating denied Borthwick victory in his first match since succeeding Eddie Jones as England head coach, in addition to making it three straight Calcutta Cup successes in a row for Scotland.

“To go in at half-time within the place we had been in was an immense credit score to the gamers and at 20-12 up and accountable for the sport, we should not be letting that get away from us and we did,” Borthwick mentioned.

“We’ll take a look at it, and I feel that is a part of the expansion of the group as a result of you have to undergo some ache.

“You do not need to, however there was definitely sufficient there on that pitch that mentioned I can see some features we’re engaged on, and I can see some issues we have to enhance.

“We bought ourselves ready to win that recreation and we did not, and we’ll have a look at that to ensure we’re higher going ahead.”

England head coach, Steve Borthwick says the pain of losing to Scotland at Twickenham will ultimately help the growth of side.

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England head coach, Steve Borthwick says the ache of shedding to Scotland at Twickenham will finally assist the expansion of facet.

England head coach, Steve Borthwick says the ache of shedding to Scotland at Twickenham will finally assist the expansion of facet.

Borthwick’s facet are again on dwelling turf subsequent Sunday once they face Italy and will likely be broadly anticipated to bounce again in opposition to the Azzurri, who’ve by no means overwhelmed England in any of the earlier editions of the Six Nations.

Regardless of being on the shedding group in opposition to Scotland for the third 12 months working, England captain Owen Farrell took positives from the efficiency and believes the group confirmed loads of indicators of shifting in the proper course after a troublesome Autumn Nations Sequence which finally value Jones his job.

“We’re at first of our journey on the minute,” Farrell mentioned. “During the last 11 days collectively we really feel like there was some progress, and we really feel like there was some progress on this efficiency.

“Finally, we mentioned we might have a look at ourselves after this recreation and need to get higher whatever the end result and that is nonetheless the case.

England's Owen Farrell appears dejected after the defeat to Scotland

England’s Owen Farrell seems dejected after the defeat to Scotland

“There’s some stuff we might be happy with, and a whole lot of credit score has to go to Scotland in the best way they performed, however it permits us to take a look at ourselves very well and I suppose there was at all times going to be some errors coming from our first recreation collectively in a brand new system.

“However I do know these boys will work onerous to ensure they repair them.”

Townsend: Van der Merwe attempt ‘like Jonah Lomu Rugby’

Scotland head coach, Gregor Townsend says he felt emotional at the final whistle as his side sealed another Calcutta Cup victory at Twickenham.

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Scotland head coach, Gregor Townsend says he felt emotional on the last whistle as his facet sealed one other Calcutta Cup victory at Twickenham.

Scotland head coach, Gregor Townsend says he felt emotional on the last whistle as his facet sealed one other Calcutta Cup victory at Twickenham.

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend was stuffed with reward for two-try hero Van der Merwe, who put behind current accidents woes to play a starring position within the win over England.

It was his transformed attempt 5 minutes from time which finally put the seal on the win for the guests, however the highlight-reel second got here within the first half when the 27-year-old took the ball in his personal half and left six England defenders trailing in his wake to attain.

Duhan van der Merwe played a starring role in Scotland's win over England

Duhan van der Merwe performed a starring position in Scotland’s win over England

Certainly, Townsend in contrast the Edinburgh winger’s end to being like one thing from a pc recreation which followers of a sure classic will recall.

“It was unimaginable, wasn’t it?” Townsend mentioned. “It jogged my memory of while you performed ‘Jonah Lomu Rugby’ and all of a sudden one particular person can go faster.

“Duhan hasn’t had a lot rugby over the previous few weeks. He is educated very well with us, however to play like he did on the again of an damage and never taking part in for Edinburgh is an actual testomony as to how he is bought himself on this place mentally and bodily.

“That first attempt was superb and one attempt that will get the Scotland supporters going loopy within the stand and silences everybody else since you do not see tries like that fairly often.”

Scotland's players celebrate with the Calcutta Cup

Scotland’s gamers rejoice with the Calcutta Cup

Scotland’s victory meant it was the primary time since 1972 that they had claimed the Calcutta Cup for 3 years in a row, and so they now put together to host Wales at Murrayfield.

Skipper Jamie Ritchie is set to construct on this end result and guarantee they don’t endure a backlash from Wales, who had been overwhelmed 34-10 by Eire in Cardiff earlier within the day.

“We’re delighted to win and retain the Calcutta Cup, however we have been on this place earlier than and never backed it up.

“For us, we’ll get pleasure from one another’s firm and revel in this victory, however come Monday we’re beginning once more and able to go.”