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Last Updated: Saturday, 25 February 2006, 20:46 GMT
Scotland-England player ratings

SCOTLAND:

Hugo Southwell - 8:
Solid in defence, his kicking at the start of the second half to push England back as they looked to establish their authority was prodigious.

Chris Paterson - 9:
He may not have had much chance to run with the ball but his nerveless kicking under huge pressure secured victory for Scotland.

Marcus Di Rollo - 7:
Tackled his heart out against the muscular English runners as the Scottish midfield stood up to the challenge magnificently.

Andrew Henderson - 7:
The big Scottish centre showed the odd glimpse of his ability to offload but it was his solid defence which mattered on Saturday.

Sean Lamont - 7:
Lamont had few chances to shine with the ball in hand but he never shirked a tackle and was an important part of the powerful Scottish defence.

Dan Parks - 7:
England rarely managed to expose his lightweight defence and he marshalled the Scots well with some good kicking.

Mike Blair - 7:
Always sharp, his service to Parks was reliable and he was another who was happy to put his body on the line.

Gavin Kerr - 6:
The Scottish front row was put under huge pressure, notably at the end of the first half, but Kerr managed to hold his own.

Dougie Hall - 6:
The line-out was once again rocky for the Scots on occasion, but in the tight Hall kept on going against the massive English front row.

Bruce Douglas - 6:
Douglas was given a fierce examination by Andrew Sheridan at the end of the first half and just about managed to keep things under control, despite giving away a couple of penalties.

Scott MacLeod - 6:
Scotland struggled in the line-outs and clearly missed the suspended Scot Murray, but MacLeod held his own.

Alastair Kellock - 7:
The rangy second-row put himself about with gusto and although the line-out was not perfect he showed he has a bright future.

Jason White - 9:
The Scottish captain was simply magnificent. He was at the heart of the mighty Scottish defence and worked himself to exhaustion.

Allister Hogg - 8:
Hogg was only denied a try by an all-encompassing Sheridan tackle and he was another Scot to put his body on the line time after time.

Simon Taylor - 8:
As with the rest of the Scottish back-row Taylor had an immense game and although he had few chances to show his ball skills he had plenty of opportunity to hurl himself into the fray.

REPLACEMENTS:

Ross Ford - 7:
The youngster stood up well after replacing Hall, including surviving a scrum deep in Scottish territory as soon as he came on.

Craig Smith - 6:
Kept things solid for the Scots after replacing Douglas.

Nathan Hines - 7:
Added ballast on his return to the international scene when he replaced MacLeod.

Chris Cusiter - 6:
Combative presence replacing Blair and linked well with Ross.

Gordon Ross - 7:
Kept Scots going forward after replacing Parks in the tight closing stages.

Simon Webster came on too late to make an impact while Jon Petrie did not feature.


ENGLAND:

Josh Lewsey - 7:
Was England's most dangerous runner and made some incisive breaks, but dropping a high ball early in the second half halted England's momentum.

Mark Cueto - 6:
Always keen to look for work but was well marshalled by the Scottish defence and lacked the spark to open up the hosts.

Jamie Noon - 6:
Ran hard and true and defended well but it was not enough on a day where conditions hampered the backs.

Mike Tindall - 5:
Big and powerful on the crash ball but his inability to utilise overlaps must be a concern for England.

Ben Cohen - 5:
Will have nightmares about dropping the ball with the Scottish line at his mercy near the end of the first half.

Charlie Hodgson - 7:
Only missed one kick at goal all day but some of his kicking out of hand was poor and he will have better days.

Harry Ellis - 6:
There is no doubt about his appetite for the fray and made one searing break up the touchline, but his service remains unreliable under pressure.

Andrew Sheridan - 7:
There is a feeling there is more to come and he never fully got the upper hand in the scrums, but his cover tackle on Hogg would have pleased a full-back.

Steve Thompson - 7:
Solid and workmanlike around the park, but his throwing at the line-out was well-nigh perfect, with just one loss out of 20.

Julian White - 6:
Never did the damage expected in the scrums but did his best to get involved around the field.

Steve Borthwick - 7:
Was part of a dominant England line-out and put himself about in the loose but was not powerful enough to make a real difference.

Danny Grewcock - 6:
His line-out work was good but his silly sin-binning suggests indiscipline will always be a part of his game.

Joe Worsley - 6:
Had the odd moment but was out played by the inspirational White and suffered in comparison.

Lewis Moody - 7:
Enthusiasm personified but did not have the influence he would have liked as Scotland took control in the second half.

Martin Corry - 6:
Corry gave it his all but there is no doubt the Scottish back row out-played their English counterparts. Was replaced in the second half by Lawrence Dallaglio.

REPLACEMENTS:
Perry Freshwater - 6:
The Perpignan prop was a brief blood replacement for loose-head Sheridan and did not have enough time to make a real impression.

Simon Shaw - 6:
The 6ft 9in Wasps seocnd row came on too late to make an impact.

Lawrence Dallaglio - 6:
Replaced captain Corry and had one good run but could not halt Scotland's momentum.

Matt Dawson - 6:
Competent when he replaced Ellis at scrum-half but could not change the course of the game.

Tom Voyce, Andy Goode and George Chuter did not feature. Back to top


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