Rugby: Dominant England humble Scotland in Six Nations

England's Owen Farrell, left, is tackled by Scotland's David Denton, right, during their Six Nations rugby union international match at Murrayfield, Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo / AP
England's Owen Farrell, left, is tackled by Scotland's David Denton, right, during their Six Nations rugby union international match at Murrayfield, Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo / AP

England got their Six Nations campaign back on track with a crushing 20-0 Calcutta Cup victory over Scotland at Murrayfield.

Luther Burrell and Mike Brown, as they'd done in defeat by France last weekend, both scored tries as the 132nd edition of international rugby union's oldest fixture saw Scotland rendered pointless by England for the first time since a 15-0 loss at Murrayfield in 1978.

Had not fly-half Owen Farrell missed several goalkicks, the final scoreline might have been even more lopsided.

"Losing to France last week was massively frustrating and we wanted to show a reaction this week,'' Brown told the BBC.

"We've definitely done that. I'm ecstatic to score a try. The pitch isn't in the best condition but I thought we played at a great tempo.''

For Scotland, it was a match to forget, with replacement scrum-half Chris Cusiter admitting: ``Nothing worked. We couldn't get anything going.

"It is massively disappointing. The setpiece was malfunctioning and the line-out wasn't going well.

"If that is not working then you won't win a Six Nations game.''

Scotland made three changes from the side that opened the Six Nations with a 28-6 loss to Ireland last weekend, with Australia coach Scott Johnson controversially dropping captain Kelly Brown and giving his place at openside flanker to debutant Chris Fusaro.

Tommy Seymour replaced the injured Sean Maitland while Matt Scott was brought into midfield instead of Duncan Taylor.

Scrum-half Greig Laidlaw took over the captaincy from Brown.

England, whose first match in charge under coach Stuart Lancaster was a 13-6 win at Murrayfield two years ago, were unchanged following an agonising 26-24 loss to France in Paris.

The parasite-infested Murrayfield pitch was boggy even before driving rain during the game turned it into a quagmire.

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