Six Nations 2014: 10 Greatest Tries in Scotland vs. England History

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistFebruary 5, 2014

Six Nations 2014: 10 Greatest Tries in Scotland vs. England History

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    England and Scotland clash this weekend in the second round of this year's Six Nations, with Murrayfield playing host to what promises to be as tight an encounter as we've seen between these two giants for years.

    Having both lost their opening encounters against France and Ireland respectively, Stuart Lancaster and Scott Johnson are both in need of some reason for hope if they're to stake a claim on silverware this year.

    In the build-up to the Edinburgh fixture, we've taken a look through the age-old history of the bout, compiling 10 of the finest tries to have been scored amid the melee.

10. Duncan Hodge Slides Scotland into Slick Six Nations Start

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    Fast forward to 1:36:48 for Hodge's try.

    In the very first edition of the restructured Six Nations format, Scotland turned heads in their closing match when they managed to deny England a Grand Slam end to proceedings.

    With patches of torrid weather at Murrayfield, Scotland coped the better of the two, and it was a Duncan Hodge slide in from short range that sealed the 19-13 triumph.

    Slow and secure forward movement from breakdown to breakdown laid the foundations, putting the Scots in a clinical position for Hodge to clinch victory.

9. Stuart Hogg Shows off His Football Skills

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    Far from pretty but a lung-gasping piece of perseverance and grit all the same.

    Stuart Hogg starts things off in his own 22, initially shifting the ball out wide for his fellow backs to move forward out of the danger zone.

    A Sean Maitland kick ahead set the British and Irish Lion on his way, taking a grip of the situation, keeping a calm head as he dribbled ahead for crossover in last year's collision.

8. John Rutherford Gets on the End of Swift Scotland Counter

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    Graham Robbins would have been in a rush to forget the 33-6 loss to Scotland in the 1986 Five Nations regardless, but the English No. 8 made the fixture that much worse after gifting the opposition one of their three tries.

    Snapping up the opportunity, Scotland's back line seize possession and show some superb initiative to penetrate the opponent's territory.

    John Rutherford evades any England defence striving to cut him off on the wing, cutting inside to stride in and stretch the Scots' lead by another five points.

7. Tom Croft Crunches His Way over

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    Far from the first time that Tom Croft has been seen galloping down the wing, the flanker utility took a potentially uncertain rush on the opposition into his own hands just two minutes after being substituted on.

    A Max Evans try would later bring the final scoreline to within six points, but the Leicester Tiger gave England a much-needed advantage with just 10 minutes to go.

    Dan Parks was the last man delegated with stopping Croft, but the fly-half could only serve in acting as an unsuccessful roadblock for the rampaging flanker.

6. Jason Robinson Finishes Fluid Passing Move

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    Jason Robinson's 2007 outing against Scotland will have been a memorable one after the winger stormed in for two tries on the way to a 42-point haul at Twickenham.

    Showing all the precision that some doubted of the speedster at times, Robinson timed his strike to perfection as he straightened up a 37th-minute passing move to pierce the Scottish defence.

    When the rugby league convert chose to inject that extra step into pace from thin air, there weren't many who could keep up with the same acceleration, as Frank Hadden's back line found out in London.

5. Jonny Wilkinson Superb out-of-Bounds Touchdown

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    Harry Ellis' break into the Scottish 22 put England on the front foot during their 2007 clash, but it was far from an easy scenario for Jonny Wilkinson to finish off from 10 metres out.

    With two defenders ahead, the supporting fly-half latches on to an Ellis pop before choosing to take the narrower option of the wing into his stride.

    However, it was the decisive show of a cool head  that followed which is to be praised most here.

    After going to TMO, it was adjudged that a physics-defying Wilkinson managed to dab down with his body flying the other side of the touchline.

4. Scott Hastings Adds to Scotland's 1986 Counter Streak

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    Another highlight of the 1986 shock triumph over England, Scotland again showed great countering quality through a Scott Hastings score that had the English reeling.

    Roger Baird takes advantage of some English profligacy inside his own half, picking up near his own 10-metre line before searing in on English territory.

    John Jeffrey and Rutherford each got in on the interlink after Baird was halted 30 metres out, but Hastings was the body in waiting as Scottish cohesion ran rampant in Edinburgh.

3. Gavin Hastings Sets Up Tony Stanger Stormer

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    And it was Hastings' older brother Gavin who laid on some much-needed points to the Scottish tally four years later, his contributions in 1990 leading the team on their way to a Grand Slam-sealing win at Murrayfield.

    A scrum just inside the English half was quickly given some emphasis, Scotland's backs easing the ball out wide and providing Hastings with the chance to descend down the wing.

    The British and Irish Lions legend kept his wits about him, putting a calculated chip ahead in his stride, on to which Tony Stanger pounced, controlling the ball well on the English try line before plopping down under enemy restraint.

2. Jason Robinson Glides in for 50-Metre Blockbuster

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    Fast forward to 1:14:00 for Robinson's try.

    Another fine demonstration of Robinson's immense pace, this time over a longer stretch of turf, and by all means more impressive given the distance.

    Matt Dawson shows some of his classically quick reflexes, taking a penalty on the halfway line and fortunate to have his winger as the first man in response.

    Scotland were far from ready for what came next. A Robinson show-and-go flashes by before he opens up his legs, quickly making his way through opposition lines before streaming past Glenn Metcalfe as the last man and putting the English on their way to a 2003 victory.

1. The Carling and Guscott Connection

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    Will Carling and Jeremy Guscott are regarded as one of the finest centre partnerships ever to have lined up for England—and with good reason.

    Their great companionship was on full display in the 13-7 loss to Scotland in 1990, where it was the No. 12 Guscott who got final bragging rights for the score.

    In the space of 10 seconds, England have gone through the motions, moving from the halfway line into the opponent's 22 through the smooth work of their backs.

    Mike Teague sets up a ruck after peeling off the back of the scrum, and it takes Richard Hill but one more pass to set Carling on his way, a Guscott dummy sending any defenders in the wrong direction, recording the team's only points of the defeat.