Scotland the brave win their first Calcutta Cup in a decade with an emphatic 25-13 victory at Murrayfield, in which England found themselves thoroughly out-played by Gregor Townsend's men.
Scotland take the latest scalp in a 2000-year-old rivalry, dating back to AD 122 following the Roman invasion of Britain, when Emperor Hadrian built a coast to coast wall to protect his English colony after failing to crush Caledonian tribes.
Scotland's win came as the biggest upset in recent Six Nations history, well and truly getting the better of their English opponents. Fly-half Finn Russell, centre Huw Jones and flanker John Barclay all starred in England's downfall. The trio kept Scottish momentum at full tilt whilst curtailing any hopes of an English fightback.
English alarm bells rang abrupt and loud within the first 15 minutes when Jones crossed for the first of his two tries of the day. Following a subpar and shaky performance against the French, Russell answered critics in spectacular fashion, showing his hand as a game manager and not merely a mercurial attacking threat. The Scotland backrow of Barclay, Hamish Watson and Ryan Wilson took a firm grasp of the breakdown, outclassing the likes of Courtney Lawes and Chris Robshaw in the battle of the turnover.
Owen Farrell stood out as England's leading man, scoring all 13 of his side's points, including a well taken try just after half-time. The British and Irish Lions inside centre also showed a cooler head than usual whilst captaining England in the absence of Dylan Hartley, who had been replaced by Jamie George in the 56th minute, doing his utmost to keep his side focused and uncomplacent in the face of a mediocre reaction to their impressive Scottish counterparts.
The 125th edition of the Calcutta Cup clash was a match in which the battle of the breakdown proved key, with Robshaw, Lawes and the rest of the English pack proving no match for the Scottish backrow. England neither able to secure their own possession or slow down Scottish momentum. With two standout breakdown specialists in Scotland's backrow, Eddie Jones' side could have been forgiven for failing to steal or significantly disrupt Scottish ball, but the failure to secure their own possession and concede penalties and handling errors just as they began to build momentum is unforgivable. There will be no shortage of stern faces staring back from dressing room mirrors over the next two weeks.
In the face of defeat, Exeter Chiefs' and Lions' utility back, Jack Nowell, came from the bench in the 56th minute to become England's most statistically influential individual in attack.
The Truro man was everything the English midfield and backline were missing during the first 40 and will be pushing for a starting role against the French. Whether at wing, fullback or centre, the Cornishman is the attacking energy Jones' side to desperalty need.
Sam Underhill's appearance from the bench two minutes prior to Nowell's introduction seemed to illicit a change to upset the flow of the match, but a yellow card 12 minutes later for a no-arms tackle sealed English fates. The Bath man had begun to turn the tide of the breakdown, proving swift and accurate in securing English ball and a potential turnover pest in pilfering Scottish possession. The 21-year-old arguably should have been starting the Murrayfield matchup and, card aside, looked a class above his teammates in the contact area.
England conceded 13 penalties and turnovers to Scotland's seven and nine respectively, further demonstrating the Scottish ascendancy and nous in the run of play. Eight Scottish clean breaks to England's four proved hugely influential in the first half, in which Jones and Maitland crossed the whitewash, with the former breaking English hearts twice in the opening 40.
England boss Eddie Jones was in surprisingly high spirits during the post-match press conference, giving huge credit to the victors and even telling journalists that the focus on Farrell's pre-match scuffle in the tunnel would be a let down to all involved. It seems the Australian is fully aware this is a loss that England need in order to take another step in their development, after all, you learn far more about yourself in defeat than in victory and with 22 wins out of 24, there is plenty left for England to learn.
Keep an eye out in the next few days for our in-depth analysis of England's loss, in which we will analyse their performance, highlighting the areas that must be fixed and the team changes that must be made. Subscribe to our mailing list below to receive the analysis straight to your inbox.