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England go into Kruis control to take opening RBS 6 Nations win
A lot has been said off the rugby pitch for England, this weekend the talking stopped and the action was taken to the pitch. This was finally the game the fans had counted down for months, weeks and days. How would the new era react? Well, they did so in style with an opening 9-15 win over the old enemy Scotland at Murrayfield.
With try’s from George Kruis (14th minute) and Jack Nowell (51st minute) followed by conversions from Owen Farrell, England looked comfortable in the second half after what could be described as a shaky first.
One player who stood head and shoulders above the rest was the returning Billy Vunipola. Billy, was appointed vice –captain leading up to the game and repaid the faith in Eddie Jones by putting in a battling man of the match performance. His stats were impressive with 19 carries, 12 line breaks, seven crunching tackles and one turnover. He was a man mountain for 80 minutes.
Eddie Jones Delighted
After winning his debut game in charge Head Coach Eddie Jones said the following:
“In all honesty I always thought we were going to win the game. The only way we weren’t going to win the game was if we did something silly and in the second half I thought our composure under pressure was great.
“We wanted to move the ball more we’d been practicing that, we weren’t able to do it and we just had to do it a different way and that’s pragmatic football.”
As one game is done the lads focus switches immediately onto the next, with a trip to Rome this Sunday against Italy. The Italians will be keen to push on after an impressive and very unlucky opening RBS 6 Nations defeat to the French in a narrow 23-21 loss.
England have a 100% record on Italian soil with a record of eight wins in the same amount of games. The Italians, each RBS 6 Nations are always improving and the French saw that first hand. It’s going to be yet another battle and one we can’t wait to see.
What stood out for us this weekend was the fantastic support of the England fans in attendance at Murrayfield and showing their support on social media. It was great to see so many of you proudly #WearTheRose again. We can imagine there are some sore heads this morning still.
What was your highlight of the RBS 6 Nations Week? Let us know in the comments.
And you can also check out our O2 Inside Line series episode: Scotland V England match day wrap below.