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Sunday, 2 April, 2000, 17:06 GMT 18:06 UK
We were magnificent - McGeechan
Scotland captain Andy Nicol celebrates the victory
Coach Ian McGeechan celebrated one of Scotland's most memorable performances after his side's Six Nations victory over England at Murrayfield.

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The Scots' 19-13 Calcutta Cup win over the old enemy in a mudbath in Edinburgh robbed England and Clive Woodward of the chance to cap their championship with a Triple Crown and Grand Slam to boot.

It left McGeechan reflecting on a superb performance from his team, who narrowly avoided the wooden spoon after losing all their previous Six Nations matches this year.

It's taken a huge shine off a championship winning season.

England coach Clive Woodward
"This rates very highly," he said. "After the season we have had we knew that if we could hang on to the ball we had a good game inside us.

"Today I thought the boys were magnificent - they stood up and were counted.

"They knew they had to play out of their skins - and they did. The players knew what they had to do and they have done it."

McGeechan said Scotland out-thought England in the difficult conditions.
Woodward congratulated Scotland on their win
"I think we kept England moving. We did not let them settle into a pattern and we were prepared to tackle as well."

Scotland captain Andy Nicol, meanwhile, struggled to come to terms with what his team had achieved - 10 years on from Scotland's famous win over England to steal the Five Nations Championship from under their noses on the same ground.

"It is unbelievable, really. The effort everyone put in there was huge," Nicol said.

"A lot of hard work has gone in this season.

"The 22 players and coaches and management; we all knew we could win this - and 66,000 Scottish fans knew it too as the game went on.

To win this after 10 years was a bit special

Scotland captain Andy Nicol
England coach Clive Woodward did not attempt to hide his disappointment, but he applauded Scotland on a brave performance.

"The first half an hour set the scene of the game," he said.

"We gave away load of penalties and our discipline was terrible.

"Scotland played very, very well. That's all I can say. We're shattered. It's taken a huge shine off a championship winning season."

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