Jonny Wilkinson broke Test rugby’s world points record but England suffered another Calcutta Cup calamity, going down 15-9 to battling Scotland at Murrayfield.
Sporting Life reports that England head coach Brian Ashton must now expect to face the music after an error-strewn display in often dismal conditions.
His decision to ditch Wasps star Danny Cipriani backfired as England performed with no attacking flair and just as little tactical acumen.
Their outside chance of claiming the RBS 6 Nations title evaporated as Chris Paterson – Scotland’s matchwinner in the same fixture two years ago – returned to haunt them.
Gloucester ace Paterson booted four penalties – he kicked five on England’s last Murrayfield visit – while substitute Dan Parks landed a long-range effort.
England have now lost on three of their last five Murrayfield visits.
Scotland captain and man-of-the-match Mike Blair was overjoyed.
He said: “It’s just a massive relief.
“We’ve not had anything to shout about for a few games.
“We’re just overjoyed we could do it.
“It’s a typical Scottish performance, guts and determination.
“There was bit more to it than that as well. There was some great ball retention, some bright, smart play.”
Head coach Frank Hadden hailed the Murrayfield crowd and took a swipe at Scotland’s critics.
“I’m just really delighted for the fans, the long-suffering supporters.
“We had a lot of supporters out there; we’ve got a lot of critics as well.
“That win definitely wasn’t for the critics – that was for the support we received over the past couple of weeks.”Tweet