Scotland winger sliced through England's defence at Twickenham


A stunning Duhan van de Merwe try silenced the Twickenham crowd with the Scotland winger crossing for one of the greatest individual scores the Six Nations has ever seen.

The 27-year-old ran in from inside his own half, side-stepping his way past several despairing England defenders before fending off Alex Dombrandt to round off a sublime score.

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Van der Merwe, who recently got married in the country of his birth South Africa, collected the ball from fellow wing Kyle Steyn five metres inside his own territory before setting off at a rate of knots.

The Edinburgh speedster surged through the heart of England’s defence with barely a finger placed upon him as he raced towards the tryline, much to the delight of the Scottish players and fans alike.

The try put Scotland 12-5 ahead after Finn Russell’s attempted conversion hit the woodwork following the van der Merwe try which left all onlookers open-mouthed. It was a rare moment of absolute quality in a cagey opening 40 minutes to the Steve Borthwick regime.

However, Gregor Townsend’s side could not hold onto their advantage. Max Malins, whose first try came after a lovely cross-field kick from Marcus Smith, scored a second to bring England within two.

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Lewis Ludlam kept cool to execute the two-on-one on the right wing and put Malins in much to the delight of the home crowd, who admittedly had not had masses to cheer about in the opening exchanges.

Owen Farrell missed his second successive conversion attempt but the England captain slotted a straightforward penalty to give the home side a narrow 13-12 half-time lead.

England came out in force after the break with Ellis Genge – the cover star of the Rugby World Six Nations special -crashing over to stretch the lead to 20-12, once Farrell had found his kicking boots to register his first conversion.

Undeterred, Scotland hit back with Ben White, who scored in this game last year immediately after coming on, crossing after picking up a loose ball.

Farrell struck next with a penalty but van der Merwe returned to be the match-winner with a 74th-minute try.

Scotland were sent rushing forward by Russell’s pass out to Kyle Steyn who broke downfield before the ball came left and van der Merwe danced inside Marcus Smith and Owen Farrell to score.

Russell’s conversion meant England needed a try to stand a chance of winning but captain Jamie Ritchie’s turnover sparked the celebrations for those in blue. Gregor Townsend’s side have now lifted the Calcutta Cup on five out of the last six occasions.

The draw in 2019 ensured Scotland retained the trophy they had won the previous year.

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