Since the English rugby team played their first international match in Twickenham in 1910, England and Scotland have faced each other 49 times in Six Nations tournament games at the London stadium, with the English who had only done so had lost almost absolute supremacy four times . This Saturday, 38 years after the last victory in the “English rugby home”, Scotland made history again: With an 11: 6 triumph, the “XV”, led by Gregor Townsend, put the defending champions in bad shape and took themselves as a candidate for winning a tournament that has not won in the last century.
The development of Scottish rugby over the past five years has been infamous, thanks to the work started by New Zealander Vern Cotter and continued by Gregor Townsend, but a triumph at Twickenham is one of the greatest accomplishments of this century for the Scottish team.
Scotland played with typical Scottish courage to defend and were very clear in attack. It earned an 8-0 advantage (Finn Russell penalty and Van Der Merwe probation) but Owen Farrell’s reliability in the foot game only gave the Scottish advantage two points (8-0). 6).
In the second part, a reaction was expected from the English, current runner-up in the world and last year’s six-nation winners, but Scotland didn’t budge (the game ended with 63% possession and 59% territorial dominance) and ended with three further points for Russell.
Unlike England, France did not fail in the starter game of the 127th edition of the most important rugby competition in the northern hemisphere. In the Olympic Stadium in Rome, the “XV de France” led by Antoine Dupont showed a very high quality performance and seriously warned the competition: With seven trials, the French achieved the greatest victory of all time in Italy (50-) 10).
The first round ends this Sunday (3pm, SPTV4) with the trip from Ireland to Cardiff to face Wales at the Millennium Stadium.
Iberian duel in Madrid
At the Rugby Europe Championship, the main event organized by Rugby Europe, the 2020 competition will not end until this Sunday – the last round was postponed in March due to the pandemic.
With Georgia already winning, Romania no longer had to play a play-off with the Netherlands to determine who would compete in the 2021 edition without having to enter the field: the Belgian national team was prevented from doing so by the country’s authorities to travel to Bucharest and Rugby Europe attributed the Romanians’ triumph 25-0.
In addition to a schedule between Georgia and Russia this Sunday in Madrid, there will be the Iberian duel from 11.45, which will decide who will finish the competition in the runner-up: Spaniards and Portuguese have nine points and more “Lobos” is enough to guarantee 2nd place.