Matt Dawson column: Scotland’s win was as complete as any New Zealand efficiency

Matt Dawson column: Scotland’s win was as complete as any New Zealand efficiency

Matt Dawson

Scotland’s first win at Twickenham since 1983 was essentially the most full and authoritative Scottish efficiency I’ve seen in my life.

It was as complete a efficiency as New Zealand may produce.

England weren’t on the races of their Six Nations opener as a result of Scotland didn’t allow them to get to the races.

It was not as a result of England had been dropping the ball or kicking poorly. England simply couldn’t get within the recreation due to what the opposition had been doing.

Scotland had been bodily, their set-piece was nice in assault and defence. The error depend was low. The self-discipline was good. They made England stutter and lose their form.

The perfect groups on the earth try this persistently.

Often if I’m commenting on a recreation that England have misplaced towards a staff you’ll say they need to beat, I might most likely be capable of reel off three or 4 the explanation why it occurred.

Whether or not that’s key selections within the recreation, the bounce of the ball, the referee, the climate. However, fairly rightly, all the main focus must be on Scotland as a result of it was simply an especially thorough efficiency that didn’t let the opposition get into the sport.

The camaraderie across the Scotland squad appeared very completely different. Taking a look at their huddles, how the bench had been, how the coaches had been with the gamers – it appeared like they’d a one-team mentality. That counts for an enormous quantity.

‘England lacked creativity of different Six Nations fly-halves’

I believe there was a variety question over not having George Ford at 10 and as an alternative bringing Owen Farrell in from 12 as a result of there was not sufficient creativity there for England.

Each different staff within the Six Nations has a ten that may run the sport at tempo and actually assault it.

Scotland have Finn Russell, France have gotten Matthieu Jalibert, Wales have Dan Biggar, Eire have Johnny Sexton and Italy have Paolo Garbisi. In the event that they get front-foot ball, they make issues occur.

The best way that England play, more often than not you will get away with the pragmatic method Farrell performs at 10, however the recreation appears to be shifting extra in the direction of that ‘something is on at any time’ kind of play.

Russell on Saturday was nonetheless kicking the ball however in an attacking method: grubbers by, chips over, cross-field kicks and a large nice spiral down the center.

He was maintaining the again three actually occupied and making England get out of place.

England had been kicking for territory however Scotland may counter-attack as a result of they’ve Stuart Hogg, Sean Maitland and Duhan van der Merwe on the again.

In September, Farrell was given a five-game ban for a excessive deal with and when he got here again into the England staff in October he had not performed a variety of rugby.

He and the opposite Saracens boys, apart from Maro Itoje, struggled on Saturday. As a result of they’re taking part in within the Championship, solely Billy Vunipola had had any game-time since early December.

Farrell is a unbelievable participant. He’s an England nice. I’m simply undecided, the best way the sport is in the mean time, that 10 is his place.

Having his physicality in addition to his distribution at 12 offers England so many extra choices.

He was up towards Russell, who I believe is the most effective 10 on the earth in the mean time. I don’t assume anybody has the all-round recreation that Russell has.

If you will play Russell, you need to settle for that there shall be one or two moments within the recreation the place you marvel what he’s doing – just like the journey on Ben Youngs that earned him a yellow card – however 95% of what he’s doing is useful.

‘Lawrence doesn’t have Redpath’s rugby mind’

Farrell may have carried out a lot greater than Ollie Lawrence at centre on Saturday.

Lawrence – who earned his fourth England cap within the Scotland defeat – is a pleasant participant at membership Worcester however he has an enormous quantity to be taught going into the center of the backline to run a Take a look at match.

He has not but received the rugby mind which Scotland debutant Cameron Redpath confirmed with the best way he helped Russell run that recreation.

Everyone seems to be evaluating Lawrence to injured England centre Manu Tuilagi due to his form however he’s nonetheless a mile away from Tuilagi’s physicality and talent to alter route and break tackles.

He isn’t a Tuilagi and I’m not certain he ever shall be. You are attempting to pressure a game-plan with a participant who has not received the skill-set to do this.

Both England do discover a real Tuilagi alternative – and there are hardly any of these varieties of gamers on the market – or you need to go along with a extra skilful second receiver who can dictate the play.

So why not put Farrell there? Then you might have George Ford who rips oppositions aside at fly-half.

British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland was at Twickenham on Saturday and, if Redpath performs 5 video games like he performed on Saturday, he’s on the aircraft. There is no such thing as a query about that. It was an unbelievable debut.

‘We didn’t see England’s new attacking intent’

I believe defeats like Saturday’s are going to occur increasingly more with England as a result of groups are beginning to perceive how they play and are developing with strategies to counter that and take the momentum and sting out of them.

They should have one thing else of their armoury aside from sturdy ahead play, box-kicks and going by the phases to interrupt the opposition down.

When England get matched up entrance and don’t get dominance in territory and they should pressure their assault, they aren’t properly practised sufficient in game-time to have that model of play.

England talked rather a lot final week about bringing a brand new attacking intent however I didn’t see it.

They play Italy subsequent Saturday, then they’ve per week off so it has labored out properly to present them an opportunity to bounce again.

Final yr they misplaced their opening recreation to France and nonetheless received the Six Nations so you can not write them off – they’ve an excessive amount of high quality.

They know learn how to win tournaments – as they confirmed after they received the Autumn Nations Cup in sudden dying in December.

England have nonetheless received to play France, Wales and Eire and they aren’t going to say, ‘that is it’.

Going up towards Italy after that efficiency is an ideal alternative for them to get into the attacking mindset that they maintain telling us about.

Matt Dawson was chatting with BBC Sport’s Becky Gray.

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