Impressive England thrash Scotland

Updated: February 8, 2014


England put on an impressive display of power and pace, shutting out Scotland for a 20-0 victory at a sodden and muddy Murrayfield.

Certainly not a game for the rugby purist as England dominated the Scots in all aspects with the gulf in class clear to see. In fact the scoreline could have been a lot worse for the Scots had Burrell crossed the line just before the half and if the conditions under foot were better.

The Murrayfield pitch was in a horrendous state and one not fit for an international clash. This would have worked in the Scots favour as the dominant England scrum would have ripped the home team apart had they have been playing on a surface that provided a bit more purchase underfoot.

Despite the conditions England at times played some tremendous rugby involving some powerful forward play led by the brilliant Billy Vunipola, and some very slick handling by the impressive backs, Brown May and Burrell the real standout performers.

Burrell in the first half and then Brown in the second crosses the line for England, while Farrell made up the remainder of the points with the boot despite his radar being off on the day.

Scotland simply didn’t turn up and looked completely out of their depth and on that evidence the wooden spoon looks a good bet for the once plucky Scots.

Stuart Lancaster’s team will take a great deal of confidence into their next crunch clash with the unbeaten Irish at Twickenham which will be an absorbing encounter.

As for Scotland, well they will take on the French at Murrayfield in an outcome that will surely leave them with 3 defeats after 3 matches.