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Scotland v England Analysis

England re-established their RBS 6 Nations title credentials with a comfortable 20-0 victory over Scotland at Murrayfield. Here Press Association Sport analyses how the match was decided.

CHARACTER

Spirit should be a minimum requirement of any Scotland side in this fixture, but they lacked the stomach for the fight. Even second row enforcer Jim Hamilton was quiet. England did not need to draw on the reserves of character that served them well against New Zealand and France.

DEFENCE

England's defence was superb - it was the first time they have prevented Scotland scoring a point since 1978 - but they were smart enough to play most of the game in the opposition half and at no point was their tryline threatened.

ATTACK

Mirroring the scoring pattern in the 26-24 defeat by France, Luther Burrell and Mike Brown ran in tries but England should have added at least one more. As an attacking force they are clearly heading in the right direction with the return of dynamic scrum-half Danny Care adding a fresh dimension.

TACTICS

Spot-on from England and it is hard to fault their approach to a potentially awkward fixture. Their pack dominated up front and did not attempt to play too much rugby on a dreadful pitch that cut up badly.

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