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Townsend: Win among best ever for Scotland



Scotland beat England at Twickenham for first time since 1983, on opening weekend of 2021 Six Nations; Duhan van der Merwe scored only try, with Finn Russell adding two penalties in memorable Test for Scots; head coach Gregor Townsend says the victory could be the best in their history

Last Updated: 06/02/21 9:25pm

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend says their win over England on Saturday could be their best ever

Gregor Townsend believes Scotland’s first win at Twickenham since 1983 could be the nation’s greatest-ever Test victory.
An inspired Scotland stunned insipid England with a gritty performance, shaking off Finn Russell’s yellow card to prevail 11-6 in west London.Duhan van der Merwe’s try and Russell’s two penalties ensured Scotland claimed just their fifth win at Twickenham, condemning error-ridden England to a deserved defeat. A delighted head coach Townsend paid tribute to his focused and accurate side after the historic victory.”I came down here a number of times as a player and then as a coach and hadn’t come away with anything,” said Townsend.”So this result is definitely up there with the best-ever results in our history, and certainly myself in my coaching career. “Today the players were outstanding in really tricky conditions. It was wet the whole game, really heavy rain in the second half.”So to win in these conditions against a very good side is a fantastic achievement.”Townsend’s Scotland have battled through patchy results and performances in pushing beyond the 2019 World Cup, but now the former Test fly-half insists his squad are ready to step up and be counted.”We all enjoyed last year, you learn in defeats, grow as a team in adversity,” said Townsend. Townsend could be seen celebrating in the coaches’ box throughout the game “We had moments before and after the World Cup, and that’s how we’ve been shaped as a group of players and coaches. “It was so good to see the players play so well in the period of Finn Russell’s yellow card, and we won that 10 minutes 3-0.”It wasn’t just one way of playing, we had a lot of variety and a lot of maturity in our play.”

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