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England 38-38 Scotland Six Nations: Scotland denied incredible comeback win after England score late try
The visitors came back from 31-0 down and were leading until a last minute score from the hosts
Scotland were denied a famous win late on against England in a match that will go down as one of the great Six Nations contests.
England appeared to be cruising to victory after going 31-0 up in the first half at Twickenham.
The visitors scored six unanswered tries to take a 38-31 lead into the final minutes but a score in the dying second from George Ford saw the match end a draw.
Wales’ win over Cardiff completed the Grand Slam and ended England’s hopes of the championship.
Eddie Jones’ men had only lost in round three in Cardiff, while Scotland had lost their last three games, including to Wales at Murrayfield last weekend.
England scored after 66 seconds when Nowell cut in off his wing, wrong-footing his would-be tacklers, after Elliot Daly and Slade and spread the ball wide. Owen Farrell converted.
Ellis Genge came on for the injured Moon after five minutes, but there was no stopping England’s forwards as Tom Curry barged over from a lineout after Farrell opted to kick a penalty to the corner. Farrell added the extras.
Genge and Kyle Sinckler combined to puncture the Scotland defence before Joe Launchbury crashed over as England had three converted tries in the opening 15 minutes.
Ben Youngs, on his 85th Test appearance, was denied a try by the Television Match Official for a knock-on.Farrell kicked a penalty to extend England’s advantage to 24-0 after 25 minutes.
A fourth try and the accompanying bonus point soon followed.
Scotland built some territory but the ball turned over after a long throw from a lineout and England ran the ball back at the visitors.
Slade burst down the left wing and flicked the ball inside for Jonny May to cross. Farrell again converted.
The England captain was next the victim of Scottish optimism when Stuart McInally charged down Farrell’s attempted chip.
The Scotland skipper gathered the ball himself and ran 40 metres to the line, brushing off May and Farrell to score. Finn Russell converted to make the half-time score 31-7.
Scotland showed greater intensity in the second half and were rewarded after Sam Johnson and Ali Price combined and Darcy Graham showed neat footwork to go over in the corner. Russell missed the conversion in blustery conditions.
England were stunned again when Price regained his own chip and Magnus Bradbury was up in support to charge over the line. Russell’s conversion made it 19 unanswered points for the visitors, who now trailed 31-19.
Scotland’s fourth try – and a bonus point – followed when Russell’s missed pass freed Sean Maitland and he passed long for Graham to go over in the corner. Replacement Greig Laidlaw missed the conversion attempt.
Russell intercepted Farrell’s pass and scored Scotland’s fifth try. Laidlaw’s conversion from under the posts levelled the scores at 31-31 with 20 minutes to go.
The remarkable comeback appeared to be completed when Scotland scored their sixth try but in the dying seconds England responded with their own try to see the entertaining contest end in a draw.