Five Calcutta Cup classics

Stuart Hogg lifts the Calcutta Cup 6/2/2021
Scotland vs England is the oldest fixture in international rugby and its latest instalment forms part of Round 1 of the 2022 Guinness Six Nations.

Scotland vs England is the oldest fixture in international rugby and its latest instalment forms part of Round 1 of the 2022 Guinness Six Nations.

The match at BT Murrayfield on Saturday evening will be the 140th meeting between the two countries, with Scotland looking to retain the Calcutta Cup.

It came into their possession after they recorded their first victory at Twickenham against the Auld Enemy since 1983, in what was the latest memorable encounter in the fixture’s 151-year victory.

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In anticipation of their next clash, here are some of our favourite Scotland vs England matches from the Championship down the years.

England had been denied a Grand Slam the previous year, with a last-gasp try by Wales’ Scott Gibbs not only preventing them from winning the Championship, but also gifting it to Scotland.

In what was the final match of the 2000 Six Nations, England went north of the border with the title already sewn up, with winless Scotland providing their final obstacle as they sought a clean sweep.

Torrential rain in Edinburgh proved to be a great leveller but after an early penalty by Scotland’s Duncan Hodge, things appeared to be going to script when Lawrence Dallaglio scored the game’s opening try.

Jonny Wilkinson kicked the conversion and a penalty to put England 10-3 up, but two more kicks from Hodge made it a one-point game at half-time.

Scotland were inspired in the worsening conditions after the break, with Hodge kicking a fourth penalty before the fly-half dived over from close range with six minutes left to send the home crowd wild.

England could only muster a Wilkinson penalty in response, meaning they left Scotland with the Six Nations trophy, but not the Grand Slam.

The opening fixture for these two in the 2007 Six Nations brought a couple of notable returns for the hosts.

This was Jason Robinson’s first appearance since coming out of international retirement, while remarkably, this was Wilkinson’s first cap since the 2003 Rugby World Cup final, following a string of injuries.

Both went on to play a huge part at Twickenham, with Wilkinson kicking a penalty and a drop goal before Scotland scored the game’s first try through Simon Taylor.

Wilkinson then landed two more penalties before Robinson hit back for England just before half-time and he went on to run in his second try 15 minutes into the second half.

Wilkinson then had his big moment by scoring himself in the corner after 59 minutes, which completed his ‘full house’ as the legendary fly-half finished with a personal haul of 27 points.

Magnus Lund ran in England’s fourth try of the afternoon before Rob Dewey scored a late consolation for the Scots.

Steady improvement from Scotland led to them dreaming of a first win at Twickenham in 34 years, but reality bit hard as England produced a devastating performance in what is their record victory over their oldest opponents.

Two converted tries by Jonathan Joseph and two penalties from Owen Farrell meant England had opened up a 20-0 lead by the time Scotland were able to hit back through prop Gordon Reid.

The gap grew to 30-7 at half-time, following Anthony Watson’s try and it took just two minutes of the second half for Joseph to complete his hat-trick.

The scores kept coming, as Huw Jones went over twice, either side of a Billy Vunipola effort, before two tries in the last nine minutes from Danny Care allowed England to run up their highest points tally against Scotland.

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This thumping win also sealed a second consecutive Championship triumph for England, while it also allowed them to equal the record of 18 consecutive Test match victories.

Following their hiding the previous year, Scotland were not only out for revenge but looking for their first victory over England in the Six Nations for a decade.

They got it in some style in front of a jubilant BT Murrayfield crowd, who saw the hosts race into a big lead in the first half.

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After Greig Laidlaw and Farrell exchanged penalties, Huw Jones scored the opening try of the game by getting on the end of Finn Russell’s grubber – amazingly, this was Scotland’s first try against England in Edinburgh since 2004.

Farrell’s second penalty reduced the gap to 10-6, but it was all Scotland until half-time, as Sean Maitland rounded off a wonderful move before Jones powered his way over to score his second and put his side 22-6 up.

England, who had only lost one of their previous 25 games, threatened a comeback as Farrell pulled back a try early in the second half and had another ruled out for a knock-on in the build-up.

However, this was snuffed out and Russell’s penalty completed a fantastic evening for Scotland.

The final match of the 2019 Guinness Six Nations produced arguably the most dramatic one in this fixture’s long history and, almost, its greatest-ever comeback.

Initially, it looked as though it would be a routine victory for England, as tries by Jack Nowell, Tom Curry, Joe Launchbury and Jonny May helped them ease into a 31-0 lead inside half an hour.

There was barely a flicker when Scotland captain Stuart McInally scored the visitors’ first try five minutes before half-time, but what happened after the break was simply extraordinary.

With nothing to lose, Scotland began to cut loose, with some scintillating attacking leading to them scoring four tries in 13 minutes – through Darcy Graham (2), Magnus Bradbury and Russell – to level the match.

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England were reeling and were staring defeat in the face when a break from Sam Johnson with four minutes left put Scotland in front for the first time.

However, with the clock in the red, George Ford saved their blushes by running in under the posts to tie things up in what is the highest-scoring draw in the Championship’s history.