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  1. Scotland hold drab England

    Scotland hold drab England

    Scotland and England fought out their first draw for 21 years when a tryless, error-strewn Six Nations game finished 15-15 at Murrayfield. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:80'
    • Scotland
    • England
    • - That was the 18th draw between these two sides. And neither side really stood out, so the result is probably a fair one. Scotland will not be whitewashed, and England will not be in the title reckoning should the French come through their game with Italy tomorrow.
    • 82' Flood gets the ball, but the Scots are wise to it, and it's charged down. The Scots don't attempt to run it - not after their Millennium Stadium experience, and that's the end of the match.
    • 81' England have the ball but look short of any ideas to score the points. Do they push for a drop goal or to win a penalty? Eventually the forwards get their act together, driving purposefully through the middle. Toby Flood is in the pocket.
    • 80' Still no progress here, and the clock rolls past 80 minutes. Still just enough time for a dramatic finish.
    • 79' Time still ticking, dripping away. If we can't get the scrum set properly, this may be the last phase.
    • 78' Cueto battles forwards, and when the ball goes left Foden gains a few more yards. But somehow the ball is lost again, and the Scots break with Lamont. Now just inside the Scottish half we will have an England scrum.
    • 77' By the smallest of margins, the ball doesn't make it over. It hits the crossbar, and that's as far as it goes. Three minutes for either side to force the win.
    • 76' It's a painfully scrappy passage of play as we totter towards the end of this game, and Scotland give away a penalty. It's a long way out, but straight. Flood is over it, looking to steel himself.
    • 75' England lineout and Flutey crashes into the wall of Scottish defenders. Courtney Lawes loses the ball and the Scots move forward. It's been lost back again now.
    • 73' England work nicely from right to left, but Foden's pass leaves Young with no space. Out it goes. Two more subs - Lawes comes on for Deacon for England, and Rory Lawson is on at scrum half for Scotland.
    • 72' The game is being contested in the middle of the field. Flood tries to create with the kick, but Danielli claims it with all the time in the world.
    • 71' Kellock took a blow to the head, replays show - gumshield knocked clean out in the tackle. Now Alan Jacobsen is coming off with a limp for the Scots, and Cross is his replacement. And Godman comes in in Parks' place.
    • 70' Danielli bursts through for the Scots and the home side have all the momentum, though slow ball once again sees the move lose its sting. Kellock was down with an injury, but has risen to his feet - just in time to catch a high ball, to huge cheers.
    • 69' Southwell is off for Scotland, Danielli in his place.
    • 68' Parks penalty - Scotland level 15-15. No posts struck this time.
    • 67' Would you believe it - Parks hits the post again. But it may be a blessing in disguise, as MacDonald gets to the rebound and nearly forces his way over the line. England have to withstand the pressure, and concede a penalty - this kick will be far more straightforward for Parks.
    • 66' Play has been pretty disjointed, and we run into a Scottish move forward. De Luca is lost under a pile of bodies, and when he emerges Flood gives away a penalty. Jonker very nearly gets out his card, but decides against it. Parks lines up the kick from the best part of 50m.
    • 65' Flood knocks it over, and England squeak into the lead. A quarter of an hour to go, and 3 points in it. And we have a sub - Ford off for Scotland, Lawson on.
    • 64' Easter emerges with the ball - England are at the foot of the posts, needing to go just a little further. The forwards keep pushing, and they've won an advantage. Care spins it right, but Tait cannot control the pass. We go back for the penalty, which is straight and short.
    • 62' The scrum doesn't set - nobody looks happy about it. England need to get this right.
    • 61' The lineout is lost, but England have a scrum. Two more subs for England - Thompson for Hartley, and Moody for Haskell.
    • 60' Flutey and Cueto both look to beat their man. Neither do, but Scotland put a hand in the ruck and concede another penalty. England opt not to kick for goal, and push it to the lineout.
    • 59' It had the distance, just, but pulled a bit to the right. The scores stay as they were.
    • 58' Flood is going to kick this one, it's a fairly lengthy one, but not too far off straight. 47m - how will it go?
    • 57' Scotland roll the maul forward, the Cusiter shimmies his way forward. Bodies pile in to keep Scotland going forward, but the ball is slow, and the pass away flat. Next phase, England win the penalty.
    • 56' Scrum for England, which they win. Easter carries the ball, then it's sent back to Flood for a kick to halfway.
    • 56' We're just about ready to get going again - Monye is shaken, and is being taken off the field on a stretcher as a precaution. Youngs is lined up to replace him - not sure how England will rearrange their back line.
    • 56' Brown is replaced by MacDonald, Monye still receiving attention.
    • 56' Play is stopped for the moment as both Monye and Brown felt the full force of that challenge. Doctors having a very close look at both men. Replays show that there was a clash of heads - Brown looks very dazed, but is back on his feet, Monye is still on the ground.
    • 55' Scotland applying pressure in the 22. A fabulous break from Cusiter catches everyone off guard and gets the Scots to a couple of metres from the line. They go right, where Brown is tackled sharply by Monye.
    • 54' Jonker warns Borthwick about English players tackling opponents off their feet - one more incident and there will be a sin-binning. Parks kick hits the post... and bounces away. We're still level here at 12-12.
    • 53' A long lineout from the Scots creates space. Morrison and Brown make progress. Ross Ford crashes into the tackle, as does Hines, and they are going to have a penalty, this time even more central.
    • 51' Another replacement - Hines comes on.
    • 51' Haskell gives away a penalty, further on the right. Despite the English boos, Parks doesn't lose his focus, and ties the game up at 12-12.
    • 50' And that inspires a subsitution. Foden comes on, replacing Armitage, who has been out-of-sorts.
    • 50' Flood addresses the ball like a Wilkinson protege, hands clapped together. The strike is equally accurate, and for the first time England lead. 9-12.
    • 49' That was an improved passage of play for England, and Flood has a good chance from this penalty. Twenty metres, just right of centre.
    • 48' The scrum holds just long enough to get to Easter, who passes to Care and England gain a few yards on the right hand side. Now Cueto hares down the line towards the 22. Care and Flood combine, then Deacon carries forward a few more strides. Haskell very nearly emerges with the ball, but Jonker calls it back for an England penalty.
    • 47' The English lineout gives Monye a little space to run, but when he's brought down he cannot release the ball. We have a dreaded scrum.
    • 46' England trudge slowly through the phases, but Scotland break it up and turn the ball over.
    • 45' Wilkinson takes another nasty looking knock, and he's not getting back up. Toby Flood replaces him, but that looks like the end of Wilko's involvement.
    • 44' Evans goes on a coruscating run, but when he is tackled the play breaks down. Cueto tries a break of his own in the other direction, eventually Flutey hits a great kick deep into the Scottish half.
    • 43' Hartley plays the ball to a sprinting Armitage. He tries a chip but can't get on the end of it. Scotland clear their lines.
    • 42' Straight as an arrow - and Scotland's advantage has been removed again. 9-9.
    • 41' Jim Hamilton gives away an immediate penalty to England with a kick at the ball when it was in Care's hands. Wilkinson lines up a straight penalty to level things up.
    • - The players are back on the field. I'm looking for any subsitutions, but can't see any so far...
    • - And TONY is not happy about England's slow ball - there wasn't much dynamism in the first half, certainly. Will Johnson make some changes for the second half, or will he keep faith in the men who came in behind at the interval?
    • - An interesting slection of comments down below - including support for England, Scotland - and, curiously - France.
    • 40' And that's half-time. Scotland had much the better of territory and possession, but their lead is only three points. Join us in a moment for the second half, when maybe the scrums will set properly, and the one of the two sides will find a try.
    • 40' Well, in the end it goes to Parks for another drop goal. This one is scuffed, but still goes over. Scots lead 9-6.
    • 39' Scotland finally get the ball and they attack. The passes are messy but they retain possession. Cusiter steadies things, and the forwards drive on. Cusiter marshalls another forward assault, the backs are itching to get the ball.
    • 38' That's 2 and a half minutes of scrum time. This is pretty desperate fare.
    • 37' Still the scrums crumble. We're not making much progress here.
    • 36' Some good skill from the Scottish backs - quick hands get the ball to Evans, as they find their way to the edge of the English 22. Eventually the play breaks down and Jonker awards the Scots a scrum.
    • 35' Scottish lineout as 'Swing low, sweet chariot' is heard for the first time. A long kick is dealt with by Armitage, and heaved forward afresh.
    • 34' After a dozen phases Scotland try the drop goal. It's well wide, and way short - so short that Armitage can catch it and clear. There may be a lesson there for drop-goal attempts.
    • 33' Scotland get back into England territory, going through the phases until Morrison breaks the game line. Cusiter gives good quick ball and they seesaw left to right and back.
    • 32' Nicely struck from out on the left, and it soars over to level the game at 6-6. Wilkinson's strike takes him to 523 Six Nations points, which is rather a lot. More, in fact, than anyone else in tournament history.
    • 30' Jonker talks to the two captains - Borthwick suggests he feels the Scots are bringing the scrum down, but none of that matters. The original penalty stands, and Wilkinson is ready.
    • 30' Hartley loses his head after more difficulties at the scrum. England had won the penalty but that doesn't stop Hartley throwing a punch at his opposing number.
    • 30' Every time the cameras pan to Andy Robinson in his coaching box, he looks thoroughly unhappy. He needn't be, Scotland have had the better of things so far.
    • 29' Now the English come forward. Danny Care takes a running penalty as England look to create some momentum. Tait and Wilkinson combine only to see a knock-on from Armitage.
    • 27' The two packs have a friendly exchange of views as they fail to have an effective scrum once more. Finally, we have a passable scrum, and Cusiter wins the ball and moves the Scots forward.
    • 26' England make a rare venture forward thansk to a strong kick from Wilkinson. England make a hash of the lineout - Dylan Hartley doesn't throw it straight.
    • 25' Danny Care tries to give England some breathing room with a box-kick. The Scots have a lineout from halfway, which they win once more.
    • 24' Southwell with the ball dances, dummies, and then throws the ball straight into touch. A promising move ends there as De Luca grasps desperately for the ball.
    • 23' Evans tries to break, but Danny Care gets to him and tackles him into touch. Scotland with the momentum, though.
    • 22' Scotland push forward as best they can. After five phases, Parks opts for a drop goal half the length of the field. It's not a success, unsurprisingly. Wilkinson restarts from the 22.
    • 21' Monye takes a great catch from a high ball under intense pressure from Kelly Brown, and manages to call for a mark before Brown can bring him to the ground.
    • 20' Another lineout - there've been eight so far, neither side has lost their own. Scotland win this one, and Cusiter tries to get his side moving.
    • 19' Parks kicks at the second invitation, and it soars through the posts. 6-3 to the Scots.
    • 19' Scotland spin right, and win another penalty. Meanwhile, Jonny Wilkinson looks like something is troubling him. He seems to be OK now, but nervy times for the man who might be made out of paper mache.
    • 18' That catches the eye - Parks kicks for touch rather than taking the three points. Andy Robinson, Scottish coach, doesn't look so sure about that.
    • 17' Parks kicks long, and gets to the 22. THe lineout is won and the ball goes through the hands. Great energy from the Scots. Parks tries a crossfield chip, Evans catches it but has no momentum. England didn't release the tackler, though, and it's a Scottish penalty.
    • 15' No problems with the penalty and it's 3-3.
    • 14' Easter breaks, and there's an advantage for England, which soon becomes a penalty in front of the posts. Should be a chance to level up.
    • 13' Scotland try to run it out of their own 22. It doesn't quite happen for Evans and Parks. Marius Jonker tries to get a scrum right, but he's not happy with the packs at all.
    • 12' England get some possession from the scrum, and play some expansive rugby. Tait and Monye linked really well, and then Deacon broke in the next phase. As England went right Wilkinson threw a speculative lobbed pass to Hartley, who couldn't keep it in play.
    • 10' A pretty disastrous kick forward from Parks fails to find touch. Cueto biffs it back from whence it came. And now we have a scrum at halfway.
    • 9' Scotland have the advantage for offside, so when they spin the ball left there's no harm done when it goes straight out of touch.
    • 8' Parks' long kick forward is claimed by Armitage, and he calls for a mark. He finds touch - just - but Scotland break quickly, and Johnny Beattie storms the middle.
    • 7' Parks looks nervous, takes an age to strike it, but it goes over and the Scots have the lead. 3-0. Two Scots have come in all blue body suits, and the cameras pan their way. They're ecstatic, naturally.
    • 6' Scotland will get a penalty. Dan Cole didn't release the ball carrier, Brown, and so Parks has a straight 40m kick.
    • 5' England get a rolling maul going with Worsley. When it breaks up the ball goes to Wilkinson, who tries a speculative kick which arrests England's initiative.
    • 4' Parks doesn't find touch from the penalty, but the ball comes straight back to him in any case from another kick, and he clears to the half way line.
    • 3' Jonker has trouble setting this scrum - the packs try and fail three times, and in the end it's a Scotland penalty.
    • 2' Both sides have won a lineout - when Deacon picks up England's the backs stride into action, and Monye gains a few yards before being brought down, and we have a scrum.
    • 1' The match begins with some big kicks. Southwell sends it long to Armitage, who knocks it back. Scotland go long again, and Armitage clears a good length for a lineout.
    • - Our referee Marius Jonker of South Africa stands to attention, and we're just moments away from the action. Dan Parks will get us started.
    • - When did fire displays become de rigeur at the start of rugby matches? The national anthems are playing, and we're not far away from starting this game.
    • - The bagpiper plays in the hush on the roof of Murrayfield - the crowd raise their voice as Dan Parks leads Scotland out to the field - it's his 50th cap today.
    • - Not that that guarantees fluid, running rugby, though...
    • - Murrayfield is looking superb as ever - the band are out on the field, the flags are flying, and, for the first time for a little while, this fixture will be played out on a pleasant Scottish day.
    • - You've got the line-ups handily listed below - one change for the Scots as De Luca comes in for Danielli. Two changes for England - Deacon replaces the injured Shaw, and Joe Worsley plays at flanker in place of Lewis Moody.
    • - Not that an England victory is assured, though. Monye, Flutey and Tait scored tries in a 26-12 victory last year, but things are different when the sides meet at Murrayfield. In 2008 the Scots won 15-9, and in 2006 it was 18-12 to the home side. They do have a knack of grinding out the result when English arrive.
    • - England are earning few plaudits at the moment, but they have managed to win two of their three games and victory today would mean a game against the French with the Championship at stake.
    • - Scotland have yet to win a game in this season's Six Nations, and failure today would leave them with a game against Ireland to avoid a whitewash.
    • - Ireland took a sizeable step towards the Triple Crown, but now it's time to turn our attention to the Calcutta Cup. Murrayfield hosts this year's edition, and you can follow it here.
  • Summary

    Scotland versus England
      Tries  
      Conversions  
    Parks 7’, 19’, 52’, 69’ Penalties Wilkinson 15’, 32’, 42’, Flood 50’, 65’
    Parks 40’ Drops  

Live Team Line-Up

  • Scotland

    Manager: Andy Robinson

    On the Field

    • Jacobsen Substitution Out (72′)
    • Ford Substitution Out (65′)
    • Murray
    • Hamilton Substitution Out (52′)
    • Kellock
    • Brown Substitution Out (56′)
    • Barclay
    • Beattie
    • Cusiter Substitution Out (61′)
    • Parks Substitution Out (72′)
    • Evans
    • Morrison
    • De Luca
    • Lamont
    • Southwell Substitution Out (67′)

    Subs

    • Hines Substitution In (52′)
    • Danielli Substitution In (67′)
    • Lawson Substitution In (65′)
    • Godman Substitution In (72′)
    • Lawson Substitution In (61′)
    • Cross Substitution In (72′)
    • MacDonald Substitution In (56′)

    Injured

    None

    Suspended

    None

  • England

    Manager: Martin Johnson

    On the Field

    • Payne
    • Hartley Substitution Out (62′)
    • Cole Substitution Out (77′)
    • Deacon Substitution Out (74′)
    • Borthwick
    • Haskell Substitution Out (62′)
    • Worsley
    • Easter
    • Care
    • Wilkinson Substitution Out (45′)
    • Monye Substitution Out (56′)
    • Flutey
    • Tait
    • Cueto
    • Armitage Substitution Out (50′)

    Subs

    • Wilson Substitution In (77′)
    • Moody Substitution In (62′)
    • Thompson Substitution In (62′)
    • Foden Substitution In (50′)
    • Flood Substitution In (45′)
    • Youngs Substitution In (56′)
    • Lawes Substitution In (74′)

    Injured

    None

    Suspended

    None

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