Alan Lawson: Scotland v. England, 1990 Five Nations

The freshest memory is of Scotland's 1990 Grand Slam win over England at Murrayfield. England were the hot favourites with the press and bookies – the feeling in the English camp was that they just needed to turn up to win.

Scotland had other ideas.

The crowd played a major part in the match and the deafening roar as David Sole marched his side out onto the pitch rather than run out heralded the start of something special.

Scotland took the game to England and got their noses in front. There was one moment in the first half when Finlay Calder tackled and stopped an English player dead in his tracks and then the Scottish forwards drove the English pack back 10 metres. The stadium went wild.

England tactically made mistakes with Will Carling and Brian Moore at odds with each other – not kicking for goal when they should have, probably in the belief that they were going to score several tries.

The game turned in Scotland's favour in the second half when from a scrum John Jeffrey fed Gary Armstrong who slipped the ball to Gavin Hastings who, when pressured, kicked a high ball for the corner for Tony Stanger to chase. The ball bounced high and Tony caught it and crashed over the line for the deciding score.

Scotland had won their 3rd Grand Slam and denied the Auld Enemy – what a match.

Memory added on May 28, 2012


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