Scotland 11 England 6
France 50 Italy 10
Scotland posted its first win at Twickenham since 1983 by beating error-strewn titleholder England 11-6 in a dominant performance that shook the Six Nations on the opening day Saturday.
On the 150-year anniversary of the oldest international rugby fixture — also won by the Scots, in a 20-a-side match in Edinburgh — the Dark Blues outplayed their biggest rivals in every department, with the only surprise being the narrow margin of victory.
Ultimately, a first-half try by winger Duhan van der Merwe proved the difference but the contrast between the teams couldn't have been starker in a one-sided match played in the rain in an empty stadium because of the pandemic.
England barely got near the tryline as Scotland enjoyed 65% possession and 70% territory. It was only three missed goalkicks by Finn Russell and Stuart Hogg, as well as some desperate English defense, that kept the scoreline close.
The roars of delight from Scotland's players when England winger Jonny May fumbled a kick deep in his own half for a knock-on four minutes from time told its own story. The game was up for Eddie Jones' side and it was a sloppy handling error that went with a total of 15 penalties conceded by England, nine of them coming in the first 25 minutes.
Russell booted it for 11-6 and Scotland's line wouldn't be threatened thereafter.
By the half-hour mark, the Scots had treble the number of carries (52-15) and made almost triple the amount of meters gained.
That they were only two points ahead at 8-6 must have been painful, then, but that dominance continued into the second half, with the boys in blue visibly slicker and sharper.
Perhaps Jones will rue selecting five players from Saracens, the English club that was demoted from the country's top division last season for breaching salary-cap regulations and hasn't played a single league game this season because of coronavirus restrictions.
It meant the quintet's last competitive match was two months ago in the Autumn Nations Cup final against France, except for No. 8 Billy Vunipola who played in a cup game for Saracens last month.
That general lack of match sharpness contributed to England's high early penalty count, the last of them — for a high tackle on Russell — earning Vunipola 10 minutes in the sin-bin.
The Scots were 3-0 ahead by that point, thanks to Russell's sixth-minute penalty, and took advantage of their numerical superiority by scoring a 30th-minute try through Van der Merwe following a sweeping move through the hands from the right to his left wing.
Receiving the ball near the touchline, Van der Merwe shrugged off Elliot Daly as he came inside off his left foot, barged through the challenges of Owen Farrell and Mark Wilson, and had enough momentum to ground for a try Russell couldn't convert.
England responded with some rare territory and a penalty from Farrell, before Russell was sin-binned in the 38th for tripping Ben Youngs after the England scrumhalf threw a dummy and drifted inside the flyhalf.
Scotland conceded only three points while a man down, however — Farrell's resulting penalty — and Russell had only just returned to the field by the time England conceded another penalty for offside while under pressure in their own 22.
France cruise in Rome
In Rome, Antoine Dupont scored a try and set up three others as France got its Six Nations campaign off to a thumping start by defeating Italy 50-10.
Teddy Thomas scored two tries and Dylan Cretin, Gaël Fickou, Arthur Vincent and Brice Dulin also crossed for France. Matthieu Jalibert was perfect off the tee with six conversions and a penalty.
While outclassed, Italy fought to the end and Luca Sperandio scored in the last quarter. Paolo Garbisi converted to add to a first-half penalty.
It was Italy's record-extending 28th consecutive Six Nations defeat. It hasn't won since 2015.
France was looking for a strong start against the tournament's weakest team to boost its aim of going one better than last year's second-place finish. The Tricolors finished behind England on points difference and were also runners-up to Eddie Jones' side in the Autumn Nations Cup.
It didn't take long to make its mark. Thomas launched an attack from a standing start on the right wing inside his half, left wing Gabin Villière took it to the line and the flanker Cretin crashed over beside the posts for his fist test try.
Italy worked overtime to get into France's 22 twice and threaten but was undone by self-inflicted errors.
But France had the ball, it hardly had to sweat.
Setting up a lineout maul, Dupont threaded through a chip to the line with no Italians home and Fickou grounded the ball.
Moments later, Dupont hacked at a dropped pass by Italy, Villière got a kind bounce, Dupont was in support and threw a no-look pop-up for center Vincent to grab and score and make it 24-3. France had three tries and spent 54 seconds in Italy's 22.
Italy thought it finally got a try just before halftime when scrumhalf Stephen Varney dummied twice and put in left wing Montanna Ioane, but the pass was ruled forward.
France also made a flying start in the second half. Italy fullback Jacopo Trulla just beat Thomas to a Dupont grubber over the tryline, but the bonus-point try came moments later when Dulin counterattacked from outside his 22, gathered Villière's chip and scored in the left corner.
Then from lineout ball, Thomas came off his wing, sliced through and sent Dupont in. Dupont returned the favor three minutes later after Jalibert shrugged off an Italian on his back and made the break.
Dupont, the player of the 2020 Six Nations, was taken off in a great start to the new campaign.
France led 45-3 with 23 minutes to go, when Italy has tended to fade. But the Italians bit back thanks to a breakdown turnover by Maxime Mbanda. Trulla got the ball to the right wing where Sperandio executed a perfect chip and chase to score his first international try.
France's only try of the last quarter came off a 5-meter scrum, when Thomas stepped a defender and got his team to a half-century against Italy for the first time since 2009.