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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Classic Encounters - Scotland vs England, Calcutta Cup 1990

Classic Encounters - Scotland vs England, Calcutta Cup 1990

In the lead up to this weekends game we take a look back to the 1990 Five Nations decider at Murrayfield, a classic match that will be remembered as much for the upset on the field, as for the pride achieved off it.

It was a winner takes all encounter, as the Five Nations and Grand Slam were up for grabs, and the underdog Scots could sniff blood. It was a powerful England side and amidst the backdrop of political turmoil, there was a special feeling at Murrayfield.

Having beaten Ireland in a tight game in Dublin, Scotland then thrashed the French 21-0 in Edinburgh, before narrowly beating the Welsh 13-9 in Cardiff. This set up the Murrayfield decider against England, with the winners being in line to claim the Calcutta Cup, the Five Nations Championship, the Triple Crown, and of course, the Grand Slam.

The Scots used the perceived English arrogance to build up the hype leading into the game, as Will Carling and his troops appeared to believe they could just turn up and win. When David Sole led his team out onto the park with a now famous walk, it became all to clear that this was going to be no walkover for the favourites.

This documentary takes you through the emotions superbly, as we get to hear from some of those involved in the historic event, learn more about the political angst leading up to it, and get to watch as Scotland achieved one of their most famous victories.

The documentary is 28 minutes long and presented in two parts below. Its well worth watching, even if youre a neutral, as its a wonderful piece of rugby history. I hope you enjoy it.

Time: 28 mins total
Thanks to the BBC for the brilliant piece.

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