England win at Murrayfield for first time in eight years

FT: Scotland 6 England 13

FT: Scotland 6 England 13

England have beaten Scotland 13-6 in the RBS 6 Nations match at Murrayfield.

England’s new era began with a scrappy first win at Murrayfield in eight years as Scotland’s familiar failings contributed to their downfall.

Two Dan Parks penalties handed Scotland a 6-3 half-time lead and put the hosts on course for just a second opening weekend win in 13 attempts in the tournament before he turned villain 24 seconds into the second half.

Charlie Hodgson charged down a Parks kick before applying the scoring touch. Farrell converted and finished with eight points on his debut.

The reinforcements had a near-immediate impact when Laidlaw appealed for a try after chasing his own chip, only to fail to get the required downward pressure ahead of Ben Youngs.

Ross Rennie darted through a gap and attempted to find Blair, only for Foden to snuff out the pass.

Farrell missed a penalty attempt from halfway after 71 minutes as England spurned the chance to take a seven-point lead.

England replacement Mike Brown earned a penalty after Scotland failed to release and Farrell this time booted England further ahead with five minutes remaining.

Scotland continued to look for opportunities but were repelled on each occasion by England, who saw out their first win in Edinburgh since 2004.

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