George Ford rescues draw for England v Scotland in dramatic Six Nations finale


Scotland were denied a sensational victory at Twickenham as England salvaged a 38-38 draw in a thrilling final match of the 2019 Six Nations on Saturday evening.

Wales had already secured the title by beating Ireland earlier in the day and that seemed to take the shackles off both sides who went hell for leather at each other.

England had looked in complete control after the opening 40 minutes and led 31-7 after tries from Jack Nowell, Tom Curry, Joe Launchbury and Jonny May.

Much like Wales' fast start against Ireland, the hosts got off to a blistering start when Nowell went over with just over a minute on the clock.

But the Scots came out for the second half with a point to prove, and boy did they do it.

Magnus Bradbury, Stuart McInally, Finn Russell and Darcy Graham (twice) all registered tries to level the scoreline after the break as England completely capitulated.

Missed tackles, intercepted passes and poor decisions had put the home side into a hole they couldn't seem to get out of.

Eddie Jones even took captain Owen Farrell, who was at fault for two of the Scottish tries, off for George Ford with 10 minutes left to play.

England v Scotland - Guinness Six Nations

It didn't change the momentum of the match, though, and with just a few minutes remaining, Scotland pounced again, this time Sam Johnson running under the posts.

However, the drama wasn't over yet, and Farrell's replacement Ford remarkably crossed the line in the very last phase of play, converting the try to salvage a draw and break Scottish hearts.

With the focus now solely on the World Cup in September, Jones should be greatly concerned by how easily his team surrendered such a big lead.

England v Scotland - Guinness Six Nations

They also lost a first-half lead against eventual champions Wales and despite fantastic attacking play, defensively they have looked frail.

For Scotland, they will take great pride in that second half performance, having looked dead and buried at half-time.

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