'Scotland played in the same way as the best teams in the world'
07/02/2021 | sport | rugbyunion | 1,163
Matt Dawson says their first win at Twickenham since 1983 was the most complete and authoritative Scotland performance he has seen in his life.
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07/02/2021 12:15:44 41 14
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Bod loves a Guinness

Come out come out wherever you are..... sleekit, cow'rin, tim'rous beastie!!!

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07/02/2021 13:13:59 8 1
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howlin!! :D
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07/02/2021 14:03:39 1 0
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Luvverly! Oor beasties are bigger and more beastly than your beasties!??????
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07/02/2021 12:18:31 86 31
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What a load of tosh. England were awful. Gave so many pointless penalties which were not created by pressure, but rather that all the Sarries players bar one, did not look match fit. If we had played NZ like that we would have lost by 50 not 5.
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07/02/2021 12:39:37 51 10
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So England were just inept then really....??????????????????????????????????????????????????????
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07/02/2021 12:41:12 9 5
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Ps with such a controversial pov, you must have given a pre match prediction....care to share???

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07/02/2021 12:59:28 2 0
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Lollll
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07/02/2021 13:21:57 8 0
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Assume you mean Sean Maitland?
Yeah, what a load of tosh- says the overweight idiot from behind his computer screen after reading the post match summary of an ex England player who knows what he's talking about.

How many chips do you have on your shoulder. Sour Englishman as usual.
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07/02/2021 13:29:27 13 1
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Take it on the chin like a man. England were outplayed throughout.
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07/02/2021 13:47:29 8 0
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All the Sarries players, bar two... Maitland looked pretty lively...
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07/02/2021 14:39:08 10 0
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There is a very old adage, but nonetheless as true today as it ever was - "You are only as good as the opposition allow you to be"!
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07/02/2021 14:39:15 6 0
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Maitland play for Sarries and looked great, so better find another excuse!
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07/02/2021 17:04:18 2 3
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Quite agree. That was the worst performance from an England side for many a year. The blame lies at the feet of EJ. Picking too many Saracen’s, and not players who are in form, no plan B etc. His needs to go. Scotland were very good, but comparing them to NZ after one performance is rather silly. I thought England would lose, a performance like this has been coming.
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07/02/2021 12:20:55 27 16
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Sorry but garbage article from Dawson.
Scotland deserved win as they played well but England woeful. Saying it was as good a performance as NZ is frankly laughable.
Scotland in cold light of day should have scored a lot more given dominance, the fact Eng got a losing bonus point despite being so poor says it all. NZ would have run away with it.
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07/02/2021 12:21:46 39 4
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Wilko alluded to Ford recovering from injury and therefore on the bench. Agree this had impact....but how on earth can the nation with more registered players than any other rugby playing country get caught short?

Answer: Cips must be crying into his beer!!!
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07/02/2021 12:49:45 40 0
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Poor selection. It doesn't matter how many players you have if you pick the wrong ones. Modern rugby needs brains and not just brawn, and Ford is smarter than the rest of the England team put together. Which makes it doubly worrying that Eddie droppped him.
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07/02/2021 14:40:49 2 4
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Cips ??? Really??? Overrated waste of space... and I'm a Wasps fan.
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07/02/2021 19:23:04 1 0
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Cips was talented but not a team player and too often out of position . last time Gloucester played my team he got so any mentions I thought he must be motm but no he was not even playing!
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08/02/2021 08:32:39 1 0
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Cips is not the answer too selfish and self opinionated. He lets his team mates down.Look what he has done to Gloucester.
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07/02/2021 12:21:48 15 2
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Well played Dawson.
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07/02/2021 12:21:57 5 5
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England had a massive pace advantage which they chose not to use
France for many years have used the battering ram approach
It doesn't work against top class defences
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07/02/2021 17:55:11 1 0
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Yeah, Hogg, Maitland and van der Merwe are notoriously slow.
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07/02/2021 12:22:31 11 9
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As an English man living in Scotland this is tough for me. Scotland were far superior at every level and England were totally dominated. Well done. Look forward to next time Scotland play England at any sport to gain revenge
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07/02/2021 13:13:11 4 2
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revenge? we win rarely, allow us a little time in the sun! England always do fantastic in WC's and 6 nations.
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07/02/2021 12:23:40 28 17
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We're Scotland really on par with NZ? LOL They deserved the win, the no doubt, the but when did England play that bad? If Scotland are as good as they say, let's see at the end of the 6N...
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07/02/2021 12:23:53 11 6
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It was a really fine performance by Scotland. As a Scotland fan, though, even I question Mr Dawson's comparison to the All Blacks! They do it game after game, year after year, it is NZ's national game. Yes, it was a great performance but not quite on a par with the mighty ABs...yet! Agree that Finn is a force unto himself though - not surprising he was chosen to replace the great Dan Parker at R42
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07/02/2021 12:29:26 11 2
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He didn’t say that! In fact he actually said the best teams (New Zealand etc) do it consistently. First paragraph or so.
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07/02/2021 12:23:59 120 5
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I really hope that Scotland don't see this game as their cup final and now that they have beaten England allow their standards to slip for the rest of the tournament. Based on that performance they should do very well in this year's Six Nations - as long as mentally they don't believe they have peaked because they have beaten England.
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07/02/2021 12:48:25 51 4
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Between 2000-2016 we only won our opening fixture once. So we could never build any momentum as we felt out of the running after 1 match. We've improved massively over the past 4/5 yrs but we've still never won our opening two matches this century. If we want to truly believe we can win the 6N then we must get past this stumbling block against a Welsh team lacking in confidence.
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07/02/2021 12:56:30 9 0
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Yeah I agree to some extent we've had great wins against France, Ireland, England and Wales, even in our worst years. But they were one off wins. We didn't push on. Just happy to beat a big side. Now we must go into every game believing we can do this every game.
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07/02/2021 13:03:09 1 9
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Are you still crying
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07/02/2021 13:08:40 19 2
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That’s not a view held in Scotland. Of course we love to beat England - they’re our oldest and biggest rivals - but our ambitions stretch further than that.
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07/02/2021 13:33:14 10 1
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To be honest we didn’t just beat them we battered them in every position think you will agree Steve the score line flattered England
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07/02/2021 13:49:12 13 1
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Of course we want to beat England and are happy we have but thinking Gregor and everyone else in that team might sit back and congratulate themselves on that achievement alone is a bit insulting to Scotland and too complimentary to England.
Scotland have far bigger goals than just battering them at Twickenham for the second time in the past few years (albeit Englandscraped a draw the last time).
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07/02/2021 15:06:57 4 5
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Agree, but their problem has always been that they raise performance levels hugely v England and then lower them again v everyone else
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07/02/2021 18:34:14 1 1
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Think they might. 70% possession and only win by 5?And Eng apparently were embarrassingly poor.
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07/02/2021 12:24:00 82 3
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Matt may be right about Lawrence but how can you tell, he never got any ball to play with? For me the persistent selection of Farrell and BV are the biggest problems that England have.
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07/02/2021 12:45:49 61 3
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Farrell is a very good inside centre, but not a great fly half. BV has completely lost his mojo. Both of these selections show that Eddie values beef over brains. Big mistake.
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07/02/2021 13:00:07 9 0
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I agree entirely re Farrell and BV. The problem is that Jones has put them both in his all time best team,so don’t expect them to be dropped any time soon
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07/02/2021 14:21:36 6 0
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Agree. Farrell is a great goal kicker but really limited otherwise. And I love Billy Vunipola but he hasn't been a line breaker since he had all those injuries. There are much better options at no.8 who aren't even in the squad.
I thought Scotland were excellent but England were the worst I've seen them under Eddie Jones.
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08/02/2021 08:28:58 1 0
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Both are not match fit and do not want to play in Championship league.So Eddie Jones should drop them.
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08/02/2021 12:27:36 1 0
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BV looks slow and over weight, all the great *'s are lean athletic machines. Everyone now knows what BV is going to do, so they just double tackle him or chop him. He is a great 8 but he needs to shape up and lose some bulk
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07/02/2021 12:24:12 18 29
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England were terrible and only lost by five. Stop over rating Scotland.
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07/02/2021 12:28:09 11 6
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It’s as if you’ve ignored everything in the entire article and watched the game with your eyes closed.
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07/02/2021 12:31:16 0 1
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Boo hoo get a life
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07/02/2021 12:48:49 0 0
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Yes,it will all `come out in the wash` in the next few weeks
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07/02/2021 12:25:42 8 3
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It was a very poor performance and Scotland deserved the win. When the likes of May cannot catch a simple kick, or Daly make a half decent attempt at a tackle, you know you are up against it. The forwards were dominated, showed poor discipline at the breakdown and could not execute the basics in scrum or line out.

I wonder if they were complacent in their preparation.
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07/02/2021 12:25:46 10 4
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Jones has fallen in to the trap of only liking his solid reliable players who are happy to play following his instructions. He would never play a Finn Russell type . He did not like Cipriani and dropped Care because they are playmakers who think. That is the last thing Jones wants. Farrell as Captain says it all. Otoje is vastly superior as a player and leader.
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07/02/2021 12:44:16 4 0
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Strongly agree. Eddie likes big dumb players who follow instructions. Rugby IQ is a negative from his perspective.
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07/02/2021 14:34:13 0 0
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Danny Care had a cracking game last week.
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07/02/2021 14:43:45 0 0
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Nobody liked Cipriani because he's an egotistical selfish big head and never international quality.
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07/02/2021 12:25:47 55 4
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Yesterdays England performance was truly dreadful. This is what comes of picking players with no form or match fitness and out of position. After 60 minutes I had to look on the team sheet to work out who was in the back row other than Curry, did not hear them mentioned. Eddie Jones needs to start picking the best team and not his best mates and not pick players with no match practise.
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07/02/2021 12:28:28 17 5
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Nail on head. Saracens men should have very careful consideration. Even itoje giving too many pens
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07/02/2021 12:26:19 4 15
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Look forward to another 38 years.
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07/02/2021 18:03:10 1 0
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youve beaten us once in four years lol
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07/02/2021 12:27:16 1 2
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Kudos to Scotland but England were awful. If we must play Farrell for his place-kicking, defence and “leadership” play him at fullback in place of Elliott Daly, whose “experiment” there has failed so many times it’s not funny. Ford at 10. Then replace Billy v with Simmonds or Dombrandt, Genge with Obano and we would see an improvement in the forwards, too.
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07/02/2021 12:27:28 13 4
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As Matt suggests... Scotland out played, out thought and out scored england so in many ways England were simply
..... hmmmmm.... errrrr.......outed.
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07/02/2021 12:27:32 4 24
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A little over the top Matt. They had a good rush defence...ordinarily England would have dealt with this, but ball control, position, speed at breakdown awful.

Penalties gave field possession. A functioning England any other day would have smashed this team.
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07/02/2021 12:30:05 10 3
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But then maybe they were not allowed to function because of the opposition...
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07/02/2021 12:30:41 1 1
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Is that a sensible approach to deal with a loss sensible approach?
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07/02/2021 12:42:37 3 1
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This has been coming since the World Cup. Scotland have quality across the field now, and are playing what is in front of them. England are one-dimensional and have been relying on a power advantage that has been narrowing in every match. Hope we see some changes at half back next match.
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07/02/2021 16:47:37 1 0
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Take your defeat with a bit of dignity
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07/02/2021 18:04:39 0 0
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49% of England’s rucks were completed in under 3 seconds. 93% in under 6. Did you watch the game?
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07/02/2021 12:24:12 18 29
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England were terrible and only lost by five. Stop over rating Scotland.
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07/02/2021 12:28:09 11 6
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It’s as if you’ve ignored everything in the entire article and watched the game with your eyes closed.
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07/02/2021 12:36:53 0 1
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As much as I enjoyed the win England were shocking. Not too worried about our visit to Scotland next week
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07/02/2021 12:25:47 55 4
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Yesterdays England performance was truly dreadful. This is what comes of picking players with no form or match fitness and out of position. After 60 minutes I had to look on the team sheet to work out who was in the back row other than Curry, did not hear them mentioned. Eddie Jones needs to start picking the best team and not his best mates and not pick players with no match practise.
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07/02/2021 12:28:28 17 5
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Nail on head. Saracens men should have very careful consideration. Even itoje giving too many pens
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07/02/2021 12:35:56 5 1
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True, Itoje and Curry gave away 3 penalties each, the same as Scotland for the whole game. 15 penalties and 2 free kicks is a joke, no way to win with that indiscipline.
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07/02/2021 13:49:15 9 1
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Itoje still the best English player yesterday? This long suffering Scot would not have grudged him Man of Match - doesn't have to always go to the winning side? Itoje as captain, Ford at 10, then whoever you can find with intelligence and wit in the centres? If that means Farrell on the bench to come on in the second half to add muscle, experience and of course goal kicking, so be it.
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07/02/2021 16:09:21 3 0
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While I agree about the English Sarries looking off the pace, I thought Maitland looked really sharp. Possibly his best game for 2/3 years. Perhaps Eddie's Covid isolation was also to blame?
08/02/2021 13:08:12 0 0
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Itoje is an exceptional talent and I think there is good chance of him being the next England Captain. His performance v Scotland was about the only bright spot from England's viewpoint.
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07/02/2021 12:28:33 5 7
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Matt Dawson, the resident BBC rugby comic.
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07/02/2021 12:28:42 13 9
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Clearly Scotland's best win for many a long day,but Matt Dawson is getting totally carried away by it.
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07/02/2021 13:09:17 4 3
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Aww snow flake it ok
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07/02/2021 12:23:53 11 6
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It was a really fine performance by Scotland. As a Scotland fan, though, even I question Mr Dawson's comparison to the All Blacks! They do it game after game, year after year, it is NZ's national game. Yes, it was a great performance but not quite on a par with the mighty ABs...yet! Agree that Finn is a force unto himself though - not surprising he was chosen to replace the great Dan Parker at R42
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07/02/2021 12:29:26 11 2
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He didn’t say that! In fact he actually said the best teams (New Zealand etc) do it consistently. First paragraph or so.
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07/02/2021 12:35:32 2 5
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"It was as comprehensive a performance as New Zealand could produce"
Actual words, line 2 of article. So yes, he did say that, actually.
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07/02/2021 12:37:23 1 4
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In fact, that is the headline!
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07/02/2021 12:29:39 3 4
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Apparently EJ needed a lullaby at bedtime last night.

Something like ‘Oh Danny Boy’ perhaps....!

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07/02/2021 12:29:42 10 1
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England have been overated for too long - too much hype and no substance.
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07/02/2021 12:27:32 4 24
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A little over the top Matt. They had a good rush defence...ordinarily England would have dealt with this, but ball control, position, speed at breakdown awful.

Penalties gave field possession. A functioning England any other day would have smashed this team.
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07/02/2021 12:30:05 10 3
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But then maybe they were not allowed to function because of the opposition...
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07/02/2021 12:30:10 19 2
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Eng biggest problem aside from playing by numbers is that they their entire back line is constantly hampered by the obsession of having Farrell somewhere in it.
At 10 - zero flair nor attacking threat. Unable to create/adapt
At 12 - slows the pace (so kills any speed from 9 and 10) nor attacking threat. Defenders just drift off him.
Pick a 10/12/13 that can play with pace.
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07/02/2021 12:54:52 16 0
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You’ve said the unsayable- but you are basically right. The captain needs either brains or gravitas, not sure Farrell has either. He’s a workhorse and definitely not a 10. I think we are trying to play South Africa style. Dominate up front, kick for position and win penalties for Farrell to kick. Very unambitious and no plan B for when plan A fails, as is self evident from yesterday’s shambles,
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07/02/2021 12:56:16 2 0
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This is spot on. One of Jones’ biggest faults is his ability to choose his captain - we had a couple of years of Hartley when he wasn’t worth his place. We have the same problem now with Farrell. You can’t drop your captain - it should be Itoje. Then we can pick 10/12/13 on playing ability.
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07/02/2021 12:30:18 5 1
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The current England team peaked at the World Cup. In 2020 they won more by luck. They do not scare any team. They cannot dominate teams or close out matches when ahead. There is no threat from the Backs its all very easy to predict and easy to defend. No innovation and no determination to run with the ball. On current performance - will be lucky to be ahead of Italy by the end of this Six Nations
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07/02/2021 12:30:36 8 3
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Scotland played very well and fully deserved the win. But in hindsight England picked the wrong players and it cost them.
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07/02/2021 12:56:30 2 6
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Scotland were pretty average. 70% possession and 16 penalties? Should have scored 30+ points. England were truly abysmal.
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07/02/2021 12:30:40 150 6
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1. Why play Sarries players that are not match fit or match sharp?

2. Farrell is not a leader – Johnson would have had them in a circle threatening to chop their legs off if they lost

3. Scotland 2019, RWC Final and again yesterday – England are clueless if plan A doesn’t work – that’s down to Eddie. Too easy to pressure and work out.

Clueless and rudderless when under pressure.
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07/02/2021 12:39:59 47 4
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I’d add in the comedy show when Italy left the rucks unchallenged too!!

Can’t get law changes every time!
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07/02/2021 12:41:56 33 1
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Two Sarries players did turn up. One of them was playing for Scotland though.
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07/02/2021 12:47:18 14 1
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Got to agree with you here on all 3 points.
Farrell is physical, a good distributor and reliable with the boot, but not inspirational, he lacks the X factor needed when plan A isn't working, or to spark the kind of counter attacking play and brio the French are showing us. Its something that marks out the greatest players and teams. He's holding back the development of this team.
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07/02/2021 12:55:24 20 0
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Eddie's plams are truly great when they work (NZ RWC semi final was a 80 minute training ground move!); the problem is that he picks robot players to ensure that they do stick to his plan. Any high rugby IQ player who pipes up and questions it, or dares alter the plan is never picked again. Cypriani, Care and so on.
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07/02/2021 13:05:02 12 0
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Totally apart from Itoje, who was as good as he was allowed to be. I'm a Sarries fan but even I can see that this situation is untenable and does not bode well for the future of the club as the elite players will want to leave
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07/02/2021 13:52:42 9 0
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Spot on, where was the captain yesterday? Farrell is like s rabbit in headlights when plan A fails.
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07/02/2021 13:57:03 22 1
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Maitland plays for Sarries he looked fine to me.
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07/02/2021 14:03:41 2 2
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Easy to be wise after the event. On form, the Sarries players are the best in their respective positions. Itoje was excellent. George and Vunipola were off it. Faz is not international class at 10, and should play 12 IMO. And the Sarries players weren't the only ones who were outshone by their opposite numbers. Actually that was most of them.
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07/02/2021 14:53:26 10 0
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Can't blame the players being Sarries - Maitland is a Sarrie and was awesome
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07/02/2021 14:53:34 3 0
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absolutely spot on.
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07/02/2021 17:30:55 0 0
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Did England even have a plan A?
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07/02/2021 22:44:43 1 0
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Sean Maitland looked pretty match fit and match sharp, don't you think?
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08/02/2021 07:50:45 5 0
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Here we all go again, spouting on like it is our God given right to win every game. Scotland were just fantastic on the day, much as we have in many games under Jones. Eddie will learn from this and we will come back better. Well done Scotland.
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08/02/2021 11:39:36 0 0
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There was one Sarries player on the pitch that looked hungry.
08/02/2021 21:46:24 0 0
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Can’t disagree with any of your points. Quite honestly immediate remedial changes needed. FB, HB’s & BSF& Number 8. There are players available
Watson = FB. Randall & Simmonds = HBs. Willis = BSF. Simmonds = 8.
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07/02/2021 12:27:32 4 24
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A little over the top Matt. They had a good rush defence...ordinarily England would have dealt with this, but ball control, position, speed at breakdown awful.

Penalties gave field possession. A functioning England any other day would have smashed this team.
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07/02/2021 12:30:41 1 1
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Is that a sensible approach to deal with a loss sensible approach?
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07/02/2021 12:30:59 6 5
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What sort of article is that Matt Dawson
Full of contradictions
Call it as it and has been for ages, it turgid stuff, and Jones should be gone, it’s about the here and now, Townsend is so full of bright ideas that Scotland are benefiting from.
And did England really let Redpath go, or did he simply decide it was Scotland
He did play u20s for England and selected for a full England tour
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07/02/2021 12:49:01 3 0
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Interesting question RE: Redpath. He was born in England because his father played there at the start of the professional era. Financially it'd be better off for him to play for England get get paid 20K a game. Seems like having a Scottish father can be a big factor when choosing your national identity/team.
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07/02/2021 12:24:12 18 29
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England were terrible and only lost by five. Stop over rating Scotland.
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07/02/2021 12:31:16 0 1
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Boo hoo get a life
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07/02/2021 12:31:26 2 5
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It was a really complete performance from Scotland. If it weren't for a series of errors from Russell, they could have won much more comfortably.
There is no doubt that it was a poor England display, with the Saracens players particularly off form due to lack of match practice. I suspect Eddie was a bit complacent in his team selection.
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07/02/2021 12:45:49 4 1
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a series of errors from Russell? what game were you watching..certainly not yesterday's....Russel was excellent..in everything ..and btw the yellow card he got was really quite questionable.
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07/02/2021 12:32:13 3 6
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Yes, not one South African player mad it into Matt's World Cup Final 15 and quite rightly so, the result was a fluke, 99 times out of a hundred............and so on and so forth. Keep them coming Matt.
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07/02/2021 12:33:00 5 9
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I completely agree with RugbyNut. Congratulations to Scotland they played well. But a better team would have put England to bed far earlier. Russell missed a crucial penalty and was yellow carded for a ridiculous trip. He also put one out on the full as well. Against a NZ, SA or FR Scotland would have been punished for this. This game was as much about how woeful Eng were as how good scotland were
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07/02/2021 12:50:22 3 1
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You listed almost the sum total of Scotland's errors. Some of Price's box kicks and the drop goal attempt at the end were probably the full set of errors.
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07/02/2021 12:33:14 79 3
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The Scots won this game and the English lost it in the first seven minutes of the second half. Down to 14 the Scots defence, and game management was superb, England had no answer - it' not all about physicallity
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07/02/2021 15:14:34 29 0
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Agreed. Eddie justifies the kicking game by claiming that current IRB rules discourage sides playing phase rugby. In the first 10 of the second half Scotland made a complete mockery of that view.
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07/02/2021 19:10:18 2 0
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Nothing to do with just that seven minutes. They outplayed England for most of the game and in most areas,there only weaknes was not putting more points on the board
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07/02/2021 19:34:18 2 0
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The scots were the better team for most of the match, by the time England got a foothold they were being hampered by Robson at 9.

Thought England should have gone for the corner after the yellow. If they could have nicked a try, going in 10-8 up after being outplayed in the first half would have been a big psychological blow, and IMO worth taking a gamble for.
08/02/2021 17:03:46 1 0
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I don't mean this in a facetious or insulting way but I think the turning point for England was nearer the 7 minute mark of the first half. If Itoje gathers that charge-down and goes over it would have been a very different game. Not blaming Itoje for the England loss, just think it was crucial in the overall context of the game
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07/02/2021 12:33:16 4 8
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Scotland played ok, but England were terrible.
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07/02/2021 12:34:50 10 3
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Because Scotland were so good, and made England play terrible...
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07/02/2021 12:33:16 4 8
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Scotland played ok, but England were terrible.
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07/02/2021 12:34:50 10 3
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Because Scotland were so good, and made England play terrible...
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07/02/2021 12:39:16 1 4
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Not really. Not worried about our match in Scotland next week
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07/02/2021 12:35:30 7 3
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Laughable to compare that to NZ. Scotland played well and deserved win as England were awful but really Scotland should have scored more, and letting Eng get losing bonus point says it all.
NZ would have run away with it for sure.
Scotland were good, nowhere near NZ style performance.
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07/02/2021 12:29:26 11 2
bbc
He didn’t say that! In fact he actually said the best teams (New Zealand etc) do it consistently. First paragraph or so.
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07/02/2021 12:35:32 2 5
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"It was as comprehensive a performance as New Zealand could produce"
Actual words, line 2 of article. So yes, he did say that, actually.
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07/02/2021 13:56:48 3 1
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Then he said,
"The best teams in the world do that consistently".
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07/02/2021 12:28:28 17 5
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Nail on head. Saracens men should have very careful consideration. Even itoje giving too many pens
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07/02/2021 12:35:56 5 1
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True, Itoje and Curry gave away 3 penalties each, the same as Scotland for the whole game. 15 penalties and 2 free kicks is a joke, no way to win with that indiscipline.
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07/02/2021 12:36:17 3 1
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It was the same old story - you gain possession(hard-won) and then Youngs or Farrell kick it away to a team that loves to counter-attack. We have three years to a world cup and both Farrell and Ford will be too old by then. So get Umuga or Smith in now at outside half to get them into the swing. Lets get some creativity going. Og and we need a creative scrum half too
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07/02/2021 12:47:04 4 0
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Ford is 27, Farrell is 29. Neither will be too old, but Ford is good enough, Farrell is not.
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07/02/2021 12:36:23 37 1
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Great defence by Scotland and looking to throw the ball around makes for a great spectical. I'm sure they'll improve further and I'll look forward to them playing more of this style of rugby.
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07/02/2021 13:16:51 12 71
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England were poor - no doubt. But it's easy to defend when you are a metre offside at just about every ruck. Brace was constantly pushing England back on their defence but said nothing to Scotland until the clock went red at 80 minutes.
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07/02/2021 12:28:09 11 6
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It’s as if you’ve ignored everything in the entire article and watched the game with your eyes closed.
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07/02/2021 12:36:53 0 1
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As much as I enjoyed the win England were shocking. Not too worried about our visit to Scotland next week
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07/02/2021 12:36:59 5 2
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Until England sort out 8/9/10 and bring in in-form players who are allowed to play their game and add creativity, its going to be the same old stodge from EJ - How do the BBC interviewers allow him to get away with repeating "I didn't prepare them correctly..." whenever they play badly? Its the wrong players in the wrong positions... simples!
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07/02/2021 13:01:44 0 0
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I'm a big Sarries fan but even I can see the Sarries picks, apart from Itoje, just can't be condoned. With no elite rugby to speak of, it's just not possible for the Sarries picks to compete at this level. Itoje's physicality and brain the exception. Spells doom for Sarries as a club.
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07/02/2021 12:37:09 0 8
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The beauty of that Scotland side as well is that so many of the players looked like me. It's so refreshing to have so many players that you feel represent you.

I think it was the excellent football pundit (Alex Scott) who said how important it is to turn on the TV and see people who look like you so you feel represented, unfortunately doesn't seem to be the case these days.
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07/02/2021 12:51:38 1 1
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What, you mean that your team has to be made up entirely of white people for you to feel it 'represents' you? Interesting.
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07/02/2021 12:52:13 0 0
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Got that in under the radar............
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07/02/2021 14:45:47 0 0
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In that case you must be a white South African , they make up half your team these days.
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07/02/2021 12:29:26 11 2
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He didn’t say that! In fact he actually said the best teams (New Zealand etc) do it consistently. First paragraph or so.
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07/02/2021 12:37:23 1 4
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In fact, that is the headline!
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07/02/2021 12:58:35 4 1
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Yes. In this game. You just said that the difference is SA and NZ do it “game after game, year after year”. Your own words bud.
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07/02/2021 12:37:23 24 6
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"Scotland's win was as comprehensive as any New Zealand performance"

What ? NZ would have won by 30 + points. Dominant in terms of possession and territory but chance conversion was non- existent
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07/02/2021 17:15:34 4 2
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"Scotland played like the best teams in the world"

Like South Africa, in fact!
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08/02/2021 08:50:14 1 0
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Scotland should have had another 8 points minimum. However, if you look at the game with only the score in mind then you miss the most obvious thing which was that the Scots battered England for the entire 80 minutes, even with 14. I kept expecting England to have a spell of pressure and come back and it never happened. it was a 5 point game in score only.
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sos
07/02/2021 12:37:28 5 1
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Itoje and Curry were the only two English forwards to turn up in the first half. Scottish pack achieved near-total dominance and with a better scrum half would have won by more.

Sutherland and Gray both caught the eye with performances that, if repeated against the likes of France, Wales and Ireland, will see them pushing hard for Lions selection. Redpath also impressive.
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07/02/2021 12:43:18 6 0
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Curry coughed up many of the first half penalties. For me, Gray was MoM, Hogg added the icing
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07/02/2021 12:37:56 3 2
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Eddie Jones thought he could ease his sarries boys back into things vs Scotland and Italy and have them fit in time for the “big” games... backfired spectacularly!
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07/02/2021 12:42:19 0 5
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Did he send you a postcard with that information?
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07/02/2021 12:50:38 2 0
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England supporter, but I have to agree with you there.

In sport, you respect your opponents at all times. They are all big games.
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07/02/2021 12:38:23 9 1
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It was a great team effort from Scotland. They never let England attack. It was snuffed out. Hope we do well in the rest of the 6 nations. After 38 years, Scotland deserve the praise they're getting, along as we don't let it go to our heads, I think winning the triple crown, rather than championship is a real possibility. But I wouldn't turn my nose up at both.
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07/02/2021 12:38:47 134 33
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I don't wish to take anything away from Scotland's excellent performance yesterday, but for Matt Dawson to compare it as comprehensive as NZ could produce is nonsense.

NZ would've stuck 50+ points on England yesterday.
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AJ
07/02/2021 12:59:19 36 6
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Matt Dawson has to compare Scotland to NZ ... he said England are the new All Blacks in Dec 2020, so by that logic ... ????
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07/02/2021 13:00:14 14 6
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Is so hard to admit your team got well beaten?
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07/02/2021 13:13:13 2 1
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18 months ago, I agree.

Not at present though
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07/02/2021 13:47:27 7 1
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Don't think it's total nonsense - Scotland hardly put a foot wrong all game which they normally do. England weren't great but looked rattled and made mistakes. Don't think they expected the level Scotland played at. Maybe a bit complacent.
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07/02/2021 14:38:27 1 1
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England are ranked higher than the All Blacks. Get back to football...
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07/02/2021 18:10:21 0 2
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Dawson the most ridiculously bias pundit ever.
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Ken
07/02/2021 18:41:05 0 1
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Aye, mibbees NZ score 50+.
But who cares !!
Scotland were magic, brilliant to a man, and we humped England at home.
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08/02/2021 08:21:36 0 0
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Who takes Fifty uuuuuggghhhhhhhhhh?
08/02/2021 18:56:44 0 0
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I shudder to think what France would do
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07/02/2021 12:38:55 2 10
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about time Wales packed there side with South africans and kiwis
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07/02/2021 12:46:02 2 0
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As a Kiwi, I would be delighted too see Wales with more Kiwi and South African players. The problem is, they just tend to end up skulking off over the border from Newport to Glouscester or something, know what I mean?. Of course your comment got thumbs down, me, I give it a thumbs up as good sense of humor, hehe.
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07/02/2021 12:34:50 10 3
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Because Scotland were so good, and made England play terrible...
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07/02/2021 12:39:16 1 4
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Not really. Not worried about our match in Scotland next week
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07/02/2021 12:39:16 0 3
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Scots were brilliant and played the game of their lives - but they were lucky. In the second minute Itoji charged down a kick and was fouled as he was about to pick up the ball. England should have got a penalty at least - maybe a even penalty try. Not only was the foul not given, but to add insult to injury Scotland were awarded a penalty in the follow up play. (watch it on BBC highlights)
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07/02/2021 12:53:07 0 0
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You can still watch the entire game on ITV player
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07/02/2021 13:01:55 0 0
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You going to ignore the fact that Itoje was offside then (watch it on th BBC highlights)?
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07/02/2021 12:39:30 104 4
bbc
Listened to an interview with the great Gareth Edwards the other day, He said the difference between today’s and yesterday’s style of rugby, is that today we look for the contact...back then they looked to avoid it!
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GMC
07/02/2021 12:43:06 46 0
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Couldn’t agree more.
Rugby is a game of avoidance- you’re not supposed to get caught with the ball. Unfortunately you see players ignore 4 on 1 just so they can run into someone
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07/02/2021 12:50:30 7 2
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I can agree to some extent - but in the 1970s defending was very much an optional extra.
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07/02/2021 12:56:00 6 3
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The other difference that Gareth always conveniently ignores is that defences are so much better organised than they were in his day, or even 10 years ago. When you watch some of the old footage, the defensive alignments are non existent... there were more gaps to run into.
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07/02/2021 14:07:17 2 1
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Don't forget much higher levels of fitness either. I remember when union played league - was it Bath v Wigan? - the league players were so much fitter, it was embarrassing.
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07/02/2021 14:20:04 4 0
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My dad boxed a bit in his younger days, he said avoiding punches was as important as landing them. I'm afraid England are to predictable and far to many schoolboy errors.
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07/02/2021 17:51:33 0 3
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Utter nonsense
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07/02/2021 22:32:25 2 0
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Indeed. Would it be regarded as too much of a novelty to coach players to attack space rather than the opposition? As I understand, this is how New Zealanders are coached.
Reg
08/02/2021 13:24:16 2 0
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Totally agree. Players who tried to avoid contact, like Shane, Billy Whizz, etc, where far better players than those who try to bash their way through.

Also make the game faster, more attractive, and I dare say, will go a long way to avoiding the concussions that cause so much problems for players health.

Coaches who teach young players (kids) to take contact rather than avoid shouldn't coach.
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07/02/2021 12:18:31 86 31
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What a load of tosh. England were awful. Gave so many pointless penalties which were not created by pressure, but rather that all the Sarries players bar one, did not look match fit. If we had played NZ like that we would have lost by 50 not 5.
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07/02/2021 12:39:37 51 10
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So England were just inept then really....??????????????????????????????????????????????????????
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07/02/2021 12:55:21 8 0
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Pretty much yes
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07/02/2021 12:39:58 2 2
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Umm, no. Delusion with the headline. Scotland looked good, but not outstanding. A slight insult putting Scotland alongside the best in the World, because they cannot execute properly. They won, good on them, but should have been considerably more. Now if it had been say NZ or SA, they would have put 40 past England yesterday. Scotland look good, but execution skills are to be desired.
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07/02/2021 12:30:40 150 6
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1. Why play Sarries players that are not match fit or match sharp?

2. Farrell is not a leader – Johnson would have had them in a circle threatening to chop their legs off if they lost

3. Scotland 2019, RWC Final and again yesterday – England are clueless if plan A doesn’t work – that’s down to Eddie. Too easy to pressure and work out.

Clueless and rudderless when under pressure.
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07/02/2021 12:39:59 47 4
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I’d add in the comedy show when Italy left the rucks unchallenged too!!

Can’t get law changes every time!
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07/02/2021 12:40:08 6 3
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Pat lam or rob Baxter please ????
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07/02/2021 12:57:46 3 0
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Why? This isn't football. What difference would that make? What if they used the same tactics? The players should be able to change and make decisions not wait to be told what to do.
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07/02/2021 12:18:31 86 31
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What a load of tosh. England were awful. Gave so many pointless penalties which were not created by pressure, but rather that all the Sarries players bar one, did not look match fit. If we had played NZ like that we would have lost by 50 not 5.
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07/02/2021 12:41:12 9 5
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Ps with such a controversial pov, you must have given a pre match prediction....care to share???

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????
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GR
07/02/2021 12:46:55 5 6
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God forbid Dawson's blinkered one eyed opinions are ever taken seriously.
He must have been raging into his beer yesterday...LOL
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07/02/2021 12:41:15 9 8
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More unbelievable nonsense from Matt!
Russell best 10 in the world?
Farrell an England great?
Surely we could have more sense in this column.
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07/02/2021 12:43:08 2 3
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Couldn’t agree more
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07/02/2021 12:43:13 2 0
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Best in Britain anyway, probably Europe.
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07/02/2021 12:41:18 5 5
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Farrell is a charmless graceless captain from watching his interview yesterday . Scotland will probably lose their next match .
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07/02/2021 12:41:49 0 2
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ALSO, so much aimless kicking away from Scotland and England even when you could run is highly frustrating to watch from a Southern Hemisphere perspective, so the headline is totally delusional. They are not one of the best and neither are England at this presice time. It is SA and NZ from the South who are still dominating and of course the new boy on the block, FRANCE.
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07/02/2021 13:16:24 0 0
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France took Italy apart without using top gear, great display against poor opposition!!
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07/02/2021 12:30:40 150 6
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1. Why play Sarries players that are not match fit or match sharp?

2. Farrell is not a leader – Johnson would have had them in a circle threatening to chop their legs off if they lost

3. Scotland 2019, RWC Final and again yesterday – England are clueless if plan A doesn’t work – that’s down to Eddie. Too easy to pressure and work out.

Clueless and rudderless when under pressure.
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07/02/2021 12:41:56 33 1
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Two Sarries players did turn up. One of them was playing for Scotland though.
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07/02/2021 12:42:06 21 17
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Scotland played alright and were well deserved winners, but that was more down to Englands outdated kick possession away tactics than brilliant Scottish play.
England were awful and it was down to the scrum half(s), the fly half and the coach.
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07/02/2021 13:08:46 12 5
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Snow flake upset
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jay
07/02/2021 13:54:57 5 0
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And Scotland playing crap for the last 30 years is not counted in lucky English wins? England were beaten yesterday by a better team, accept it, learn and move on otherwise England are on the road to nowhere as other teams will copy Scotland when they play England.
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07/02/2021 12:37:56 3 2
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Eddie Jones thought he could ease his sarries boys back into things vs Scotland and Italy and have them fit in time for the “big” games... backfired spectacularly!
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07/02/2021 12:42:19 0 5
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Did he send you a postcard with that information?
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07/02/2021 12:53:53 1 0
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Got to assume that’s part of his “taking responsibility”, no?

Tetchy comment for a Sunday!!
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07/02/2021 12:42:24 2 2
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I don't want to disrespect any individual players in the England team, Eddie seems to prefer the physical attributes of a player over their rugby intelligence. I hate to say it, but if you search out interviews with England players you can tell the smart ones from the less smart, and the less smart get picked. Right now NOT playing Ford halves the rugby IQ of the backline. Well played Scotland!
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07/02/2021 12:54:29 0 0
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You should have a good chance of getting picked then.
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07/02/2021 12:57:01 1 0
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Farrell is the David Davis of the team...thick as mince. Scots team have got higher IQs
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07/02/2021 12:27:32 4 24
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A little over the top Matt. They had a good rush defence...ordinarily England would have dealt with this, but ball control, position, speed at breakdown awful.

Penalties gave field possession. A functioning England any other day would have smashed this team.
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07/02/2021 12:42:37 3 1
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This has been coming since the World Cup. Scotland have quality across the field now, and are playing what is in front of them. England are one-dimensional and have been relying on a power advantage that has been narrowing in every match. Hope we see some changes at half back next match.
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07/02/2021 12:42:44 7 5
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England conceded 4 penalties in the first five minutes of the game.This was NOT because Scotland were playing the "most complete and authoritative Scottish performance" ... . Any oponents given the final tally of around 16 conceded penaties would have won by a huge margin.
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GR
07/02/2021 12:42:56 1 9
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Pleased for Scotand, disappointed it was a South African who scored the only try of the day.

Shame the BBC still go to Matt Dawson for his opinion....the man who only got anywhere as Howley was injured.
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07/02/2021 12:53:34 0 0
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And who has to be injured for your opinion to count for anything?
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07/02/2021 12:55:07 0 0
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"..the man who only got anywhere as Howley was injured."... think you need to learn your rugby history
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07/02/2021 12:39:30 104 4
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Listened to an interview with the great Gareth Edwards the other day, He said the difference between today’s and yesterday’s style of rugby, is that today we look for the contact...back then they looked to avoid it!
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GMC
07/02/2021 12:43:06 46 0
bbc
Couldn’t agree more.
Rugby is a game of avoidance- you’re not supposed to get caught with the ball. Unfortunately you see players ignore 4 on 1 just so they can run into someone
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07/02/2021 13:28:23 6 1
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No. I coach kids' rugby and their instinct is to avoid getting tackled and most players end up running laterally or backwards if you let them do that.

You coach them to carry straight forward and thereby challenge the opposition to tackle them; drive the legs to break the tackle or until they're grounded; then either roll-and-recycle quickly, or offload if they have eyes-on with a support runner.
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07/02/2021 12:41:15 9 8
bbc
More unbelievable nonsense from Matt!
Russell best 10 in the world?
Farrell an England great?
Surely we could have more sense in this column.
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07/02/2021 12:43:08 2 3
bbc
Couldn’t agree more
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07/02/2021 12:41:15 9 8
bbc
More unbelievable nonsense from Matt!
Russell best 10 in the world?
Farrell an England great?
Surely we could have more sense in this column.
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07/02/2021 12:43:13 2 0
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Best in Britain anyway, probably Europe.
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sos
07/02/2021 12:37:28 5 1
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Itoje and Curry were the only two English forwards to turn up in the first half. Scottish pack achieved near-total dominance and with a better scrum half would have won by more.

Sutherland and Gray both caught the eye with performances that, if repeated against the likes of France, Wales and Ireland, will see them pushing hard for Lions selection. Redpath also impressive.
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07/02/2021 12:43:18 6 0
bbc
Curry coughed up many of the first half penalties. For me, Gray was MoM, Hogg added the icing
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07/02/2021 12:25:46 10 4
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Jones has fallen in to the trap of only liking his solid reliable players who are happy to play following his instructions. He would never play a Finn Russell type . He did not like Cipriani and dropped Care because they are playmakers who think. That is the last thing Jones wants. Farrell as Captain says it all. Otoje is vastly superior as a player and leader.
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07/02/2021 12:44:16 4 0
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Strongly agree. Eddie likes big dumb players who follow instructions. Rugby IQ is a negative from his perspective.
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07/02/2021 12:44:30 30 1
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I was screaming at Youngs for his poor box kicking (he has a bad kicking game every 3 or 4 games usually it doesn't matter), but when Robson came on and later Ford the same aimless kicking remained. Oh and Eddie it was terrible to watch
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07/02/2021 12:53:26 17 1
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The 9/10/12 issue is massive for England. Farrell has not played well for a while, Ford's kicking is not great (very aimless) and Youngs has survived because there is no competition. I'm surprised they didnt pick Willis yesterday and frankly Billy V is not playing anywhere near his former level. Eddie is a poor 6 nations from a sacking and this was a poor start
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07/02/2021 13:13:37 0 0
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Totally agree with you. Youngs should not be in the side, nor should Robson, need a young energetic SH like Randal get someone in who can boss the game. Youngs is not that man. Only thing he's got is box kicking,- give the ball back to the opposition and keep defending????
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07/02/2021 13:19:32 1 0
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Please give Harry Randall a chance - don't understand how Youngs keeps his place
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07/02/2021 14:09:27 1 0
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Ben, what is plan B when your box kicking is off? Oh I know, more box kicking!
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07/02/2021 12:44:54 2 1
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A lot of France’s tries came from unstructured open play situations. Scoring against well-marshalled defences is increasingly difficult. Not sure England have the creative mindset and brain power to adapt. They defended well on Saturday, hence the ‘only’ 6-11 score, but offensively they were pathetic - the one chance to get within 5 m of the line was the half time penalty - and Farrell kicked.
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07/02/2021 13:07:22 3 0
bbc
Spot on. Scotland were superior all game, but both well drilled defences did not break down. If England had been dire in defence, it would been a cricket score.
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07/02/2021 12:24:00 82 3
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Matt may be right about Lawrence but how can you tell, he never got any ball to play with? For me the persistent selection of Farrell and BV are the biggest problems that England have.
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07/02/2021 12:45:49 61 3
bbc
Farrell is a very good inside centre, but not a great fly half. BV has completely lost his mojo. Both of these selections show that Eddie values beef over brains. Big mistake.
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07/02/2021 14:04:14 10 2
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Farrell is not international standard in any position.
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07/02/2021 20:52:33 5 0
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I don't even think Farrell is a decent inside centre, he looks slower than most of the forwards. Two ways to solve the problems of Farrell and BV. Both Simmonds brothers, and or Barbeary at no8
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07/02/2021 12:31:26 2 5
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It was a really complete performance from Scotland. If it weren't for a series of errors from Russell, they could have won much more comfortably.
There is no doubt that it was a poor England display, with the Saracens players particularly off form due to lack of match practice. I suspect Eddie was a bit complacent in his team selection.
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07/02/2021 12:45:49 4 1
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a series of errors from Russell? what game were you watching..certainly not yesterday's....Russel was excellent..in everything ..and btw the yellow card he got was really quite questionable.
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07/02/2021 13:01:22 0 3
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Excellent? He was awful... what game were you watching? If that's excellent you must have very low expectations.
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07/02/2021 12:45:51 4 3
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Adding Dan Biggar to your list of creative 10s slightly undermines your point! But I fully agree with Ford replacing Farrell at 10, but I do think you are harsh on Lawrence as Farrell never gave him the ball so how do we know what he can offer?
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07/02/2021 13:10:30 1 0
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its time for FORD to step up to No10. Farrell was awful. Also Youngs, slow box kicker and not even good at it. The stark contrast is that game was run by Finn Russell and Farrell had no answer to him !!
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07/02/2021 12:38:55 2 10
bbc
about time Wales packed there side with South africans and kiwis
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07/02/2021 12:46:02 2 0
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As a Kiwi, I would be delighted too see Wales with more Kiwi and South African players. The problem is, they just tend to end up skulking off over the border from Newport to Glouscester or something, know what I mean?. Of course your comment got thumbs down, me, I give it a thumbs up as good sense of humor, hehe.
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07/02/2021 12:46:17 19 1
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Well done Scotland, you played an incredible game last night and wish you all the best for the rest of the tournament. Even if you ignore the countless penalties we gave away, the better side won last night and I hope we learn from this.
From and England fan.
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07/02/2021 12:46:27 10 9
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I know this is a touchy subject, and possibly some people may deem it sexist, but I mean it in the true sense and genuinely have no intention to offend, but are any other supporters fed up of listening to women commenting on the men’s games?
We have men’s rugby and we have women’s rugby, great, but for me it spoils listening to commentators.
Miss the great Bill McLaren
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07/02/2021 12:49:41 9 0
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Not necessarily women as such.

But when one starts harping on about French “mental capacity in attack” you have to think they’re not there due to commentary ability!
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07/02/2021 12:57:28 1 0
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To be fair, they need the experience. It's the only way there'll be any parity in the future.
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07/02/2021 12:59:29 5 0
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Aye - but Bill will be celebrating in the Celestial clubhouse. Ah the 'boilerhouse', the 'monster' and 'siege gun' kicks and the 'wee bit of hanky panky'. We remember you with such affection. Can't say the same about the PC brigade.
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07/02/2021 13:06:39 3 0
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Totally agree, the woman was still rabitting on about one set play when the game had moved forward three. Sick of listening to her!
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07/02/2021 13:53:33 1 0
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I don't have a problem with female pundits, but commentators, who do not even take the time to know how to pronounce the players names, do.
I watched the French TV coverage of the game on UTube and noted that they got the Fagerson's name correct on every occasion - Butler/Woodward, etc , continue to call them Ferguson. The great man from Hawick would be appalled if he had made that error.
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07/02/2021 12:46:34 1 1
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What is he on?....Starts with no excuses, Scotland were great, then proceeds to list a load of excuses......stick to QofS.....
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jp
07/02/2021 12:46:46 2 1
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The game is passing Farrell by. When van der Merwe scored his try, Farrell stood on the goal line and watched.
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07/02/2021 13:04:29 1 0
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I agree, Farrell was absent for most of the game. His form has been terrible for the past year Its time to leave him behind and move on.
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07/02/2021 12:41:12 9 5
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Ps with such a controversial pov, you must have given a pre match prediction....care to share???

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GR
07/02/2021 12:46:55 5 6
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God forbid Dawson's blinkered one eyed opinions are ever taken seriously.
He must have been raging into his beer yesterday...LOL
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07/02/2021 12:36:17 3 1
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It was the same old story - you gain possession(hard-won) and then Youngs or Farrell kick it away to a team that loves to counter-attack. We have three years to a world cup and both Farrell and Ford will be too old by then. So get Umuga or Smith in now at outside half to get them into the swing. Lets get some creativity going. Og and we need a creative scrum half too
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07/02/2021 12:47:04 4 0
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Ford is 27, Farrell is 29. Neither will be too old, but Ford is good enough, Farrell is not.
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07/02/2021 12:30:40 150 6
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1. Why play Sarries players that are not match fit or match sharp?

2. Farrell is not a leader – Johnson would have had them in a circle threatening to chop their legs off if they lost

3. Scotland 2019, RWC Final and again yesterday – England are clueless if plan A doesn’t work – that’s down to Eddie. Too easy to pressure and work out.

Clueless and rudderless when under pressure.
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07/02/2021 12:47:18 14 1
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Got to agree with you here on all 3 points.
Farrell is physical, a good distributor and reliable with the boot, but not inspirational, he lacks the X factor needed when plan A isn't working, or to spark the kind of counter attacking play and brio the French are showing us. Its something that marks out the greatest players and teams. He's holding back the development of this team.
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07/02/2021 12:48:03 3 6
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Empty Stadium and with England players looking unfit and unprepared. Yes this was the best chance for a Scotland victory.

Ok lets move onto fishing and whether Salmon tastes better than Sturgeon.
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07/02/2021 12:23:59 120 5
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I really hope that Scotland don't see this game as their cup final and now that they have beaten England allow their standards to slip for the rest of the tournament. Based on that performance they should do very well in this year's Six Nations - as long as mentally they don't believe they have peaked because they have beaten England.
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07/02/2021 12:48:25 51 4
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Between 2000-2016 we only won our opening fixture once. So we could never build any momentum as we felt out of the running after 1 match. We've improved massively over the past 4/5 yrs but we've still never won our opening two matches this century. If we want to truly believe we can win the 6N then we must get past this stumbling block against a Welsh team lacking in confidence.
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07/02/2021 12:56:33 9 0
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Agree a stand alone victory again England may appeal to some and certainly gets the monkey off the back but i think Scotland have a real chance of a triple crown here - that would be a very big improvement and given the criticism Townsend received last year - he can quietly have a dram and a smirk on his face.
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08/02/2021 04:56:03 0 0
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There's a marked difference between 'not winning an opening fixture' and being totally outplayed by Scotland at home
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08/02/2021 10:51:06 1 0
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Couldn't agree more, our opening game has often been our hardest fixture they way they have been worked out. I think we have been away more often that not. That's the case again this year, but we have managed to get a result.

For any other team, I'd say that should spell success throughout the tournament, but it's Scotland. I really hope we carry that performance in to the next two games.
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08/02/2021 11:47:54 1 0
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From recent history, the Wales game is the kind they have a knack of slipping up in. Favourites against a weakened side without confidence but struggle to beat themselves let alone the opposition
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KC
08/02/2021 12:28:44 0 0
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And, more importantly, now lacking lots of players to injury. Scotland should cruise past them.
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07/02/2021 12:48:28 4 3
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The best team won yesterday and that is all it is. Cannot see see how you can compare the winning team with NZ or SA, or even France come to that. England were very poor, no game plan, too much kicking and a large proportion of players not fit due to no game time. I don’t think home advantage applied, could have been played anywhere, with the amount of bagpipes playing, thought it was in Scotland
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07/02/2021 12:48:35 6 5
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Pressure on Scotland now. They've got to back it up. With 75% possession it was still a 5 point game. They're not the all blacks.
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07/02/2021 12:24:12 18 29
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England were terrible and only lost by five. Stop over rating Scotland.
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07/02/2021 12:48:49 0 0
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Yes,it will all `come out in the wash` in the next few weeks
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07/02/2021 12:48:58 39 3
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Nice to see a bit of humility from Matt Dawson. Scotland were incredible yesterday and dominated every facet of the game. England looked totally shell shocked and, true to form, when plan A doesn't work, stick to plan A
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07/02/2021 13:02:26 6 29
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And yet they only won by 5 points? when England were so poor they should have been thrashed but weren't. 9 penalties in the first 17 minutes???? and it never got any better!! BUT incredible is a bit too far!!
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07/02/2021 12:30:59 6 5
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What sort of article is that Matt Dawson
Full of contradictions
Call it as it and has been for ages, it turgid stuff, and Jones should be gone, it’s about the here and now, Townsend is so full of bright ideas that Scotland are benefiting from.
And did England really let Redpath go, or did he simply decide it was Scotland
He did play u20s for England and selected for a full England tour
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07/02/2021 12:49:01 3 0
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Interesting question RE: Redpath. He was born in England because his father played there at the start of the professional era. Financially it'd be better off for him to play for England get get paid 20K a game. Seems like having a Scottish father can be a big factor when choosing your national identity/team.
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07/02/2021 13:04:56 1 0
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Actually he was born in France.
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07/02/2021 18:11:55 0 0
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Nothing to do with who his father was/is. He chose Scotland because it was OBVIOUS EJ has his No.12 the first name on the start sheet it it would never be Redpath.
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07/02/2021 12:49:30 2 2
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Everyone getting carried away again. Yes, a good Scotland performance but England were so woefully lethargic it's difficult to judge. I expect Scots to get stuffed by France and perhaps Ireland. France 6N favourites.