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England claim Calcutta Cup

A new-look England battled to Calcutta Cup victory against Scotland at Murrayfield. A scrappy match was decided by Charlie Hodgson’s try early in the second half, but the match was littered by errors from both sides.

Hodgson’s try was the first in this match in Edinburgh since 2004, and despite England’s supposed new emphasis on running the ball, the match was the traditional war of attrition, with Scotland failing to convert long spells of pressure into points.

Stuart Lancaster, the interim coach entrusted with rebuilding England after the World Cup debacle, achieved an impressive result, even if it lacked the style that English rugby supporters crave.

"This was the first step on the journey we are taking," Lancaster said. "We did not get everything right and we struggled to keep possession to get continuity in attack, but that was all about the players doing it for the shirt and each other. We won in a very difficult place and it was a great effort by everyone."

England fielded seven new caps in the course of the match. The new captain Chris Robshaw, was making only his second appearance for England. "I am very proud," Robshaw said. "Everyone stuck up his hand and showed how proud he was to represent the nation."

The Scotland coach Andy Robinson identified his side’s problem as a failure to turn second-half possession into tries. "We lost because we were not accurate enough," he said. "We have to be better and we will only do that by staying together."

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