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  1. Final score: England 61-21 Scotland
  2. Joseph 3, Watson, B Vunipola, Care 2 tries, Farrell 7 cons & 4 pens for England
  3. Reid, Jones 2 tries, Russell 3 cons for Scotland
  4. England equal world wins record of 18 straight & retain title
  5. France win 40-18 away to Italy and secure bonus point
  6. Click play button at top of page for Radio 5 live commentary

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By Mike Henson

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England 61-21 Scotland

Dylan hartley
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The silverware is in the bag for England. 

Now to try and nail down that Grand Slam against an Ireland team that will be bang up for derailing the party train in Dublin.

That is the headliner next Saturday at 17:00 GMT.

Scotland have suffered a set-back and learned lessons.They can still finish second in the table.

Brown equals record

England 61-21 Scotland

Mike Brown
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England full-back Mike Brown has now won his last 17 Six Nations games with England, equalling Wales' Geoff Wheel for the longest individual winning run in the competition’s history (1975-1980, 17 games).

We will take defeat on the chin - Cotter

England 61-21 Scotland

Scotland coach Vern Cotter
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Scotland head coach Vern Cotter, speaking to ITV: "We're disappointed with the result and obviously we would have liked to put on a better performance - then when we got injuries early we came unstuck.

"We couldn't get a grip on the game and went backwards. We've had eight concussions in two away games and now I'm more focused on getting the team back together for next week.

"We didn't defend well off the set piece, they scored from those, and then you find yourself chasing the game. You start making changes because of injuries and your strategic options are limited. 

"We're frustrated but I'm more looking at the problem of next week's game. We will take it on the chin and work hard to put something together that we can be proud of next week."

'We will only get better'

England 61-21 Scotland

England coach Eddie Jones on ITV: "We started well and our intensity was pretty good. It was the sort of performance we needed.

"Scotland were confident, they came down here with high expectations and we needed to play well. We have been ready to play well for a couple of weeks. 

"I was really pleased with our effort and now the focus is on the Grand Slam next weekend. 

"I have to give credit to the players, they have worked hard and learned new things. They have been open minded.

"The exciting thing is that we are only just starting. We are one year into a four-year project and we will only get better."

Homeward tae think again

England 61-21 Scotland

BBC Scotland chief sports writer is feeling the pain...

Rugby's equivalent of waterboarding.

England 61-21 Scotland

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Unsurprisingly Jonathan Joseph has to make room on his mantelpiece for another glittering trophy - the man of the match award.

The England centre made more metres (126), beat more defenders (five), more clean breaks (four) and more offloads (two) than anyone else on the pitch. And he only played 57 minutes!

Oh, and he also scored a hat-trick of tries...

England 61-21 Scotland

It was an uncomfortable post-match interview for John Barclay, but it was not much of an easier afternoon for his predecessor as Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw.

He was stuck in a television studio between Sir Clive Woodward and Jonny Wilkinson being asked to assess where his team-mates went wrong.

'We were useless'

England 61-21 Scotland

John Barclay

Scotland captain John Barclay : "I don't know what to say to be honest, we just didn't show up. We got off to a bad start and continued, our dicipline was very poor and we gave away soft tries.

"You don't win however many games in a row without being a good side so good luck to England.

"We will review it, which won't be easy to watch.

"We are trying to move away from the tag of plucky losers but that wasn't even that. We were useless." 

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Shame we haven't actually played NZ in this run. And shame we will never play a three match series against them at Twickenham.

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England 61-21 Scotland

Jonathan Joseph

England centre Jonathan Joseph, speaking to ITV: "Coming back into the team, scoring a hat-trick and winning the Six Nations means it has been a great day.

"The boys performed extremely well, we had a great week and a great fortnight preparing.The boys were very confident and put in a great performance today."

On the fast start: "It was more what we built in the last week, we focused on starting each session very well and you could see we did that today. The set piece was unbeliveable and what we did on back of that was very good."

On his tries: "Credit to the boys, I just ran the lines outside what they created and the holes were there for me. They set the platforms."

On facing Ireland to win the Grand Slam: "It is going to be a great challenge for us. We are very excited and can't wait to try and do it."

'A 40-point whipping'

FT: England 61-21 Scotland

Matt Dawson

England World Cup winner on BBC Radio 5 live

If England are going to play like that next week, I don't know how Ireland are going to win that game.

England are embracing every hurdle that's in front of them.

Eddie Jones has created so much pressure on this side and this has been their response.

A 40-point whipping of Scotland and we have to look towards the World Cup.

England 61-21 Scotland

Dylan Hartley heads up to collect the Calcutta Cup from a beaming Prince Harry, getting a meaty pat on the back from Bill Beaumont on his way.

Princess Anne's smile is a whole lot tighter than Scotland's defence.

FT: England 61-21 Scotland

Back-to-back Grand Slams - the target for England in Dublin next weekend - has only been achieved five times before. 

Wales achieved the first one in 1908 and 1909, England have done it three times in 1913 and 1914, 1923 and 1924 and 1991 and 1992 while France did it in 1997 and 1998.

'England have records in their sights'

England 61-21 Scotland

Tom Fordyce

Chief sports writer at Twickenham

Danny Care

England will go to Dublin next weekend with both consecutive Grand Slams and a world record of 19 Test wins in their sights.

It was a chastening afternoon for Scotland despite them scoring three converted tries, their hopes of a first Triple Crown since 1990 wrecked by a dismal first-half performance.

England get the job done early...again.

England 61-21 Scotland

The only other time that the @SixNationsRugby title has been won a week early was..... LAST YEAR!

'England were imperious

England 61-21 Scotland

Gavin Hastings

Former Scotland full-back on BBC Radio 5 live

My goodness me England were imperious. they will be very pleased with that, but it was an armchair ride they had for most of the afternoon. Scotland and their supporters will be bitterly disappointed, they just did not turn up.

England were thoroughly deserving of the manner of their victory. 


England 61-21 Scotland

England have matched the All Blacks' top-tier record of 18 straight Test wins to secure back-to-back Six Nations titles.

England finally pummel their way through a Scotland defence worn thin by fatigue.

Danny Care swallow-dives over and Owen Farrell converts to match the record points margin in the fixture.

And that's your lot.

Try - England 59-21 Scotland

Danny Care

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England 54-21 Scotland

Scotland defending furiously to deny England a final try and win at least the last battle of the war.

Maro Itoje and Mako Vunipola are both repelled by mobs of blue shirts.

England 54-21 Scotland

The clock has gone red as the referee fusses over a series of scrum re-sets.

When will Monsieur Raynal put the Scots out of their misery?

Swing Low is ringing out loud and long in the stands.

England 54-21 Scotland

Or should that be Owen Farrell 24 Scotland 21?

The England fly-half has bagged enough points with his right boot to beat the Scots on his own.

The only blemish from 11 attempts at goal was that missed penalty from inside the Scottish half just before half-time.

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England 54-21 Scotland

England are knocking on the door once again...

George Ford goes for an unconventional seventh try, punting across field with the advantage in his back pocket.

Jack Nowell chases gamely, but Duncan Weir has that one covered.

Back for a scrum five out. Shove-over time?

A true perfectionist

England 54-21 Scotland

Matt Dawson

England World Cup winner on BBC Radio 5 live

If we're going to be really fussy here, Anthony Watson could have cut a nice angle there back inside but England's handling has been superb.

England 54-21 Scotland

So close to another try from England.

Scotland's defence are sent into reverse by Ben Te'o and Jamie George's charges and only a superb cover tackle can deny Anthony Watson from getting over out wide.

England 54-21 Scotland


One of the biggest hits of the afternoon and it is friendly fire as England wing Anthony Watson bounces off the chest of mammoth team-mate Kyle Sinckler.

Watson is decked. Sinckler barely registered.

England 54-21 Scotland

Scotland are finally starting to rack up some metres, with Tim Visser sneaking into the top five individual chart. Little consolation.

England's team total of 457 dwarfing Scotland's 232 is indicative of the damage done by the home attack.

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Care over for England

England 54-21 Scotland

Defences are going to the dogs.

Danny Care , off the bench, is perfectly positioned on Billy Vunipola's shoulder as the England number eight picks and goes from the base of a scrum.

Over he goes as does Owen Farrell's conversion kick.

England's Danny Care celebrates scoring a try
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'Almost inconceivable'

England 52-21 Scotland

Gavin Hastings

Former Scotland full-back on BBC Radio 5 live

There was such a build-up to this game and chat of the Scottish renaissance, well that lasted all of about a minute...

The game as a contest finished a long time ago, it has fizzled out and somehow Scotland have scored three converted tries which seemed almost inconceivable. 

Try - England 52-21 Scotland

Danny Care

Eddie Jones will be livid

England 47-21 Scotland

Matt Dawson

England World Cup winner on BBC Radio 5 live

Fair play to the Scots.

Eddie Jones and his coaching staff will be livid.

The way that Wales last night kept Ireland to nil on the try count shows real organisation.

This will not please the England head coach. It's not like them, usually their bench come on and add intensity.

Jones converts late Scotland pressure

England 47-21 Scotland

Excellent work from Finn Russell as he loops round to take a return pass of Richie Gray in midfield and throw a long looping pass out to Huw Jones.

The Scotland centre finishes his second try as well as his first, stepping inside the cover and withstanding the blast of corner-flagging forwards to get over.

A pinpoint conversion from Finn Russell as well.

Try - England 47-19 Scotland

Huw Jones

Crowd too quiet

England 47-14 Scotland

Matt Dawson

England World Cup winner on BBC Radio 5 live

England are 47-14 up, I'm waiting for the crowd to kick on a bit.

Even they're feeling like this is a bit of a non-event.

England 47-14 Scotland

Huw Jones sits down Owen Farrell with a bullocking run. Tim Visser takes the ball on and Scotland are up to within five...

England 47-14 Scotland

Tim Visser with another break - this time right though the heart of the England defence after evading James Haskell.

But Jack Nowell doesn't make a mistake this time, taking his man down with a brave front-on tackle.

And Mike Brown is in quickly to strip the ball.

England 47-14 Scotland

Tim Visser squirms clear of Jack Nowell with a neat step after Finn Russell opens up the blindside.

The Scotland wing's basketball-style pass inside though is snaffled by George Ford on the cover. 


England 47-14 Scotland

Mako Vunipola has sneaked on to replace Joe Marler in the England front row as well.