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Last Saturday at Twickenham, England proved they were the best fifteen in Europe, and deserving of the high, second place World Rugby ranking behind number one, New Zealand. England thumped visiting Scotland in the Calcutta Cup 61-21, a forty-point rout that witnessed the Red Roses running in seven tries.
The victory assures England of their second RBS Six Nations title in a row, and, as importantly, setting the stage to record a 19th consecutive win in two weeks against Ireland. If accomplished, this would break the All Blacks’ record skein of 18 in a row. A win against the Irish would also give England their second Grand Slam (i.e.; beating the other five RBS Six Nations teams) in consecutive seasons. It would be England’s first double Grand Slam since 2000/2001.
Jonathan Joseph scored a hat trick at center and was voted Man of the Match. Danny Care had two tries. Owen Farrell recorded 26 points with conversions and four penalties.
England led 30-7 at the half, adding on another 31 points in the second half.
The removal in pool play of host England from the Rugby World Cup of 2015 is forgotten. England’s fans are ready to parade Coach Eddie Jones around London in celebration of his spectacular team turn around.