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Rugby World Cup 2011: England v Scotland - as it happened

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By Mike Henson

1058: That's all from me. Not enjoyable perhaps, but undeniably absorbing throughout. Thanks for your company. We will have live scores of Georgia v Argentina up in the early hours and then Aimee Lewis will be giving Wales v Fiji at (0600 BST) and Ireland v Italy (0830 BST) the full text treatment.

1055: Ben Youngs in his column for the Times yesterday spoke of being "pragmatic" "sensible", "playing in the right areas". If it was code for a brutally professional performance, it didn't materialise into action. BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce report from Eden Park is in and includes "ponderous", "disjointed" and "misfiring". Check it out.

1047: "We showed we can be dangerous today, but England and Argentina took their chances and you have to give them credit for that," says a battered-looking Al Kellock. England saviour Chris Ashton repeats the mantra that has run through his team's campaign so far: "We need to do better than that." Quite.

1043: Two different alarm calls to set your clocks for then, depending on your allegiances. For Scotland fans it may be a late night of drowning their likely, if not certain, sorrows is the best approach to a 0100 BST kick-off and Argentina v Georgia on Sunday. England can look forward to a repeat of the 2007 semi-final against France at 0830 on Saturday 8 October.

Robert Arbuthnot: Another case of heroic failure that we can consign to the scrapbook of Scottish sport...

1034: A surprisingly upbeat Martin Johnson reports back from the dressing room for media duty. "It keeps it interesting doesn't it?" he jokes of his side's travails.

1031: Tears from Dan Parks as he is comforted by his team-mates in the wake of defeat. Coach Andy Robinson praises his squad as "an outstanding group of people" in his post-match interview. Unfortunately, barring a Georgian upset, they will fail to make it through the World Cup group stages for the first time. Only England, France, Australia and New Zealand have made the knock-out stages at every tournament.

1026: It was a stirring effort from the Scots, but does a third successive World Cup final look likely for England given how they struggled to douse that ambition from Andy Robinson's side? England are all but nailed on to play France in the last eight, with Wales or Ireland likely to be the semi-final opposition beyond.

Henry Rawlins: England are like the Germany of the RWC. Always seem to get the job done despite being uninspiring

1020: Breathless stuff. England through as Pool B winners. Scotland can still progress to the last eight, but they require Georgia to beat Argentina by eight points in their encounter at 0100 BST tomorrow.

Full time

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78 mins: Eng 16-12 Sco An extraordinary finale as Chris Ashton dives into the corner to break Scottish hearts. England opt to kick for touch when awarded a penalty deep in Scotland territory and, with Flood on, there is new impetus at 10. The Leicester stand-off slings quick ball wide on a big mis-pass and Ashton scampers in to score. Flood adds to an excellent cameo with a touchline conversion.



75 mins: Eng 9-12 Sco A towering up-and-under in the shadow of the England posts, it takes an eternity to come down, but despite a committed Scotland chase, Armitage grasps it at the second attempt and Ashton kicks long downfield to clear.

73 mins: Eng 9-12 Sco Ansbro beats his man out wide, but stumbles as he attempts to speed away. Banahan is on for Wilkinson, Flood shuffles inside to fly-half.

72 mins: Eng 9-12 Sco Martin Johnson opting for extra energy off the bench and throws Wigglesworth on in place of Youngs at 9. Wilkinson is still in place at 10 with Flood in the centres in place of Tindall.

71 mins: Eng 9-12 Sco Dan Parks rattles a kick downfield, up toward the England ten-metre line. Scotland need another five points to ensure their progress, rapidly approaching "run-it-from-anywhere" time. Chris Cuister is on from Mike Blair at scrum-half for Scotland. Toby Flood and Alex Corbisiero are on for England.

67 mins: Eng 9-12 Sco Wilkinson's kick dies just short and the tension continues.

66 mins: Eng 9-12 Sco A big call from referee Craig Joubert as he judges that Ross Ford bounced back to his feet after being held in the tackle. Wilkinson has pointed to the posts...

64 mins: Eng 9-12 Sco Parks searching cross-field kick has the England defence stretched to bursting. A scrambling Tom Croft narrowly gets to the ball before the blonde blur of Richie Gray as it bobbles enticingly over the England tryline.

62 mins: Eng 9-12 Sco Tom Croft takes the line-out ahead of Gray and England's rolling maul is dragged down by Kellock to give Wilkinson another chance. The Toulon man holds his nerve in a real clutch situation.


58 mins: Eng 6-12 Sco Wilkinson attempts another drop-goal but he does not have the room and Parks is up quickly to charge it down. Scotland hack downfield but Foden, and then Ashton, clear up the mess and get England back into the Scotland half.

56 mins: Eng 6-12 Sco An immediate response from England as Wilkinson catches one sweetly off his left and claws Scotland back to within six.


55 mins: Eng 3-12 Sco England's fifth scrum infringement and Chris Paterson, with just a sliver of goal to look at, picks a path through the Auckland sky to extend the lead beyond the magic seven to nine points.


53 mins: Eng 3-9 Sco England send Nick Easter on in place of Lewis Moody, with James Haskell moving into seven.

53 mins: Eng 3-9 Sco Scotland are within a whisker of a try as Danielli chips over Ashton and is only denied by a superb stretching Foden who pins the ball against the turf. Nick De Luca looks poised to scoop up and dot down but fumbles in the process. Huge let-off for England.

51 mins: Eng 3-9 Sco England squander possesion and field position as Youngs crabs sideways and allows Dan Parks to intercept and the Scots drive downfield.

48 mins: Eng 3-9 Sco A glaring miss from Jonny Wilkinson as he contrives to skew a drop-goal wide from bang in front. Is this evidence of that neurosis over the balls used in the tournament spreading further through his game? Toby Flood watches on from the sidelines.

46 mins: Eng 3-9 Sco Is the tide turning up front? England steal a scrum against the head as the Scottish pack falter. Youngs has a dart to take advantage of a misaligned Scotland backline, but the blue shirts are up quick to smother Tindall.

44 mins: Eng 3-9 Sco For those at the back, the current scoreline means England going thorough as group winners with Scotland dependent on a Georgia upset to progress. The emphasis is on the Scots to keep attacking if this is to be more than just a consolation.

42 mins: Eng 3-9 Sco More enterprise than England showed in the entire first half already. Manu Tuilagi wallops Sean Lamont in the tackle and is on his feet to gather a loose ball from around the fringes of the breakdown before offloading to Armitage who whips down the whitewash before being snaffled by the cover defence.

41 mins: Eng 3-9 Sco Back underway and Nick De Luca is on for Max Evans, with Joe Ansbro shifting out to the wing for Scotland.

Rob Garvey: Scotland showing more desire; cant believe one in four from Wilko, whats happened to that trusty old left boot?

0924: This is bubbling up nicely for the Scots. The England set-piece under pressure, the Scottish defence comfortably containing England's few strike runners and Wilkinson misplacing his kicking boots. A few stats for you : England spent just one minute 50 seconds in Scotland's 22 and have lost half of their line-outs. Martin Johnson is reading the riot act to his team in the bowles of Eden Park.

Half time

40 mins: Eng 3-9 Sco Solid Scottish line-out ball from the Ross Ford and Richie Gray combination and Dan Parks drops back from scrum-half Mike Blair to give himself the space to swipe over another three points with the final action of the first half.


37 mins: Eng 3-6 Sco Plenty of grunt in this Scotland front row and they seem to be getting the upper hand over their opposite numbers. Ewan Murray has Matt Stevens crumpled up in the latest engagement and Scotland kick downfield to set up a late assault on the England line.

35 mins: Eng 3-6 Sco Joe Ansbro skips past Tindall in midfield just outside the 22 and England's defence briefly wobbles. The Scots recycle through the phases and it is Ansbro again who has a chink of light down the wing, before Amitage gets across to haul him into touch by his collar.

33 mins: Eng 3-6 Sco This time Wilkinson does do the business to halve the deficit.


32 mins: Eng 0-6 Sco Ross Ford needlessly thumps into the side of a ruck to offer up another penalty to England.

30 mins: Eng 0-6 Sco Lewis Moody rocks Joe Ansbro with a big tackle and England secure some rare turnover ball. Armitage makes gains down the left wing, but the Scots get back in numbers.

27 mins: Eng 0-6 Sco Scotland fly-half Dan Parks opts to take on a snap drop-goal and, unlike against the Pumas, it is on his favoured right boot. It is in line but short of legs and drops just shy.

24 mins: Eng 0-6 Sco A third penalty for England. This one is most kickable so far but still Wilkinson's radar is askew. He hits it true, but wide of the mark. His stats for the match are now zero from three, and seven from 17 for the tournament. Usually so reliable, this is worrying for England.

21 mins: Eng 0-6 Sco Allan Jacobsen fails to make the effort to retreat back onside as Paterson chases his up-and-under to concede another penalty to England. Wilkinson takes responsibility again and his second attempt, from further out but at a better angle than the first, falls short.

18 mins: Eng 0-6 Sco Scotland hang on on the floor according to the ever-strict referee Craig Joubert. Wilkinson has a pop from the tee but it sways to the right of the sticks.

16 mins: Eng 0-6 Sco Out of range for Paterson, and the change of kicker by Scotland is justified as Parks' kick gets the nod from the video official as it creeps its way over the bar to extend the lead.


14 mins: Eng 0-3 Sco Dan Parks calls for the tee and is going to take a pot-shot from ten metres inside the England half.

12 mins: Eng 0-3 Sco Aiming for Haskell as front jumper, Steve Thompson pitches his line-out throw too low and Scotland disrupt another set-piece. Matt Stevens gives away a penalty at the scrum and Dan Cole follows suit seconds later as Scotland tap and go. Still waiting for a shot of Martin Johnson in the coaches' box, if they aren't quick he will have punched his way out of it already.

10 mins: Eng 0-3 Sco Paterson's kick from an awkward angle is steady and true through the posts. Tom Croft, stupidly offside, gives away another penalty off the restart and indiscipline is creeping into their game for the upteenth time thhis tournament.


8 mins: Eng 0-0 Sco Prop Dan Cole heads south at the susequent scrum to give away the penalty and afford Chris Paterson the chance to put the first points on the board.

7 mins: Eng 0-0 Sco Max Evans chases down a grubber kick down the England right wing and regathers just ahead of an England defender. A towering Parks cross-field bomb is then almost gathered by Sean Lamont on the opposing flank.

5 mins: Eng 0-0 Sco It is the end for Scotland fly-half Ruaridh Jackson as his hamstring twings attempting to track the run of Delon Armitage. Dan Parks, he of fluffed drop-goal attempt against Argentina, is on in his place.

3 mins: Eng 0-0 Sco The England line-out still not functioning smoothly as Kellock nicks one against the head. Martin Johnson's blood will be rising even more after his pack give away a free-kick for an early engagement at the scrum.

1 mins: Eng 0-0 Sco: Second row Louis Deacon is pinged for early jumping in the first line-out, but England recover and Ben Youngs cross-kick forces a Paterson fumble into touch.

0830: Skipper Lewis Moody and Steve Thompson share a head nussle at the end of God Save the Queen, Alastair Kellock, recalled to lead Scotland, finishes his anthem with a determined middle-distance stare. Words over, time for action.

England: B Foden; C Ashton, M Tuilagi, M Tindall, D Armitage; J Wilkinson, B Youngs; M Stevens, S Thompson, D Cole, L Deacon, C Lawes, T Croft, L Moody (capt), J Haskell.
Scotland: C Paterson; M Evans, J Ansbro, S Lamont, S Danielli; R Jackson, M Blair; A Jacobsen, R Ford, E Murray, R Gray, A Kellock (capt), A Strokosch , J Barclay, R Vernon.

0828: The two teams stride out side by side, kick-off rapidly approaching, time for a check on the line-ups.

0825: Heavy rain has been the common denominator in Scotland's wins over England in 2000, 2006, and 2008. Scotland coach Andy Robinson has just said in the tunnel that "an element of chaos" is essential to their chances and the weather gods have done their part.

It's raining
0821: We may have been basking in some unseasonally warm sunshine in the UK, but there has been some stormy weather predicted for Auckland. And the forecasters are bang on with buckets of the stuff descending on Eden Park. Martin Johnson's side have been dousing the balls in training to try and get reaccustomed to slippery conditions. They are allowed to do that by the way.

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0813: That little lot is harder to digest than a bowl of morning muesli and prunes. Regardless of however far you got through it, let me know what you think the outcome is going to be. The hashtag is #BBCRWC for the Twitter-inclined, the text is 81111 for those in the UK. Hit me.

0808: And now Scotland:
A win by more than seven points = qualification as group winners and likely quarter-final against France if Argentina fail to win against Georgia. Qualifications as runners-up if Argentina beat Georgia with four of more tries.
A win by seven or less points = Elimination if Argentina beat Georgia with four tries. If both Scotland and Argentina score less than four tries in a wins then Scotland's win needs to be 15 points better than Argentina's
Draw = progress as runners-up if Argentina lose
Defeat by less than seven = progress as runners-up if Argentina lose by eight or more to Georgia.
Defeat by more than seven = elimination.

0804: First of all, England:
A win = qualification as top dogs and likely quarter-final with France
A draw = ditto
Defeat by seven or less = ditto, so long as Scotland fail to score four tries
Defeat by more than seven = elimination if Argentina score four or more tries in victory over Georgia. If both the Pumas and Scotland fail to score four tries in wins today, likely to progress on points difference.

0757: Deep breath everyone, these are the permutations for today. Corrections and additions welcome.

0754: At six and a bit weeks long the World Cup takes its time to sift 20 teams down to one winner. But knock-out rugby, albeit with a hefty pinch of advanced maths, has arrived a week earlier with the final round of group matches.

0750: Morning all. This is more like it isn't it? England against Scotland, the oldest international fixture in rugby, always packs a lot of historical baggage. In this 129th meeting though both sides will be more concerned with their actual baggage - keeping it off a flight home and en route for the World Cup quarter-finals.

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