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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Scotland and England stalemate at Murrayfield

Scotland and England stalemate at Murrayfield

Scotland and England played to a scrappy 15-15 stalemate at Murrayfield on Saturday. The draw gave Scotland their first point this season, but effectively killed off Englands ambitions of winning the Six Nations Championship.

All the points came from the boot as Dan Parks kicked four penalties and a drop goal for Scotland, while Jonny Wilkinson kicked three penalties for England before going off hurt. Replacement Toby Flood kicked the other two.

Flood had a chance to win the match with time up, but had his kick charged down.

"Overall this game was a tale of missed chances but the draw doesn't bring our progress to a halt," said England coach Martin Johnson. "We did some very good things today but we also did some very silly things.

"We had chances to win the game and we didn't need to give away silly penalties in the second half when they didn't look like scoring," Johnson added.

"I said to the guys at half-time, just back ourselves to retain ball and win the game."

Scotland coach Andy Robinson said he was pleased with his sides improvement following their loss to Italy two weeks ago.

"The thing for us, and what I said to the team, is that we can stand toe-to-toe with anybody and play against anybody," Robinson said.

"I thought the set-piece work went well today, I thought some of the invention and things we tried to do were good.

"Nobody said it was going to be easy, we've got to keep working hard," he said. "We have been working hard and I'm really pleased with the attitude."

Scotland play Ireland in Dublin next, while England travel to Paris to take on France.

Time: 06:11

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