England Player Ratings: Scotland (A)
England won back the Calcutta Cup and kept their Six Nations hopes alive after edging out Scotland 13-6 at Murrayfield on Saturday. Ellis Genge’s try 10 minutes from time proved to be the difference between the two sides, with extreme weather conditions making it extremely tricky throughout. Heere’s how we rated Eddie Jones’ men following the crucial victory…
George Furbank - 7
Much better after a poor performance in Paris. Can still improve but looked more like the Northampton man we all know.
Jonny May - 6
Struggled to make a similar impact to the one against France, probably due to the extreme weather conditions.
Jonathan Joseph - 6
Standing in for Manu Tuilagi, Joseph was fairly solid in defence but didn’t have many opportunities to show the attacking side of his game.
Owen Farrell - 6
The captain failed to adjust to severe goal-kicking conditions early on but found his range in the second half.
Elliot Daly - 6
Made one attacking burst in the first half and was solid when called upon, especially with some difficult catches.
George Ford - 4
Struggled throughout and was wasteful with his tactical kicking for large parts.
Willi Heinz - 4
Heinz earned a first Six Nations start at the age of 33, however, he also struggled and it looks as if Eddie Jones has a real problem at scrum-half.
Mako Vunipola - 7
Good to have Mako back and he showed his class with his tireless work rate and power in the tackle.
Jamie George - 7
A difficult afternoon for lineout throwing due to the weather, however, George was brilliant in the scrum.
Kyle Sinckler - 7
Also good in the scrum and the breakdown. His second-half rip on Jonny Gray was his highlight.
Maro Itoje - 9
Itoje was key with a huge tackle count and effective turnovers. Helped Genge go over for the try which proved decisive.
George Kruis - 7
The slow-paced game seemed to suit Kruis and he was solid at the lineout in difficult conditions.
Lewis Ludlam - 6
His tough-talking before the game was talked about, however, he struggled to put in many before being replaced with half an hour left.
Sam Underhill - 8
Was hugely impressive throughout. The Bath flanker was strong in the tackle and won penalties thanks to his physicality and intelligence.
Tom Curry - 8
Curry put in a much better performance at No 8 than he did in Paris. Was a nuisance for the Scot’s throughout.
Courtney Lawes - 7
Lawes proved he was a top-class option from the bench and was solid in his 30-minute stint when he replaced Ludlam.
Ellis Genge - 9
Came on for Vunipola with just under 30 minutes left and scored the match deciding try. Quite a character as his post-match interview showed.
Ben Youngs - 7
Came on for Heinz and done a much better job. Showed all his experience in the latter stages.
Ben Earl - 6
Arrived shortly before the try and exploded with emotion as Genge went over.
Joe Launchbury - 7
Did his job well in the final 10 minutes and added plenty of power after coming on for Kruis.