It started off a rout and it ended up a rout – England put Scotland to the sword in the most ruthless display of the Eddie Jones era, as they equalled the All Blacks record of 18 consecutive Test victories.
With the Six Nations title secured, England head to Dublin, looking to become the first side to win back-to-back Six Nations Grand Slams.
It began badly for Scotland with Fraser Brown sent to the sin-bin for lifting Elliot Daly above the horizontal in the tackle. He was lucky – it should have been red.
Indeed, so decisive was the 61-21 outcome it is hard to see how the Scots will get more than a possible four members of the Lions party to New Zealand – Stuart Hogg, forced off early, maybe the Gray brothers and perhaps double try scorer Huw Jones.
But one person who surely sealed his place on the trip was Jonathan Joseph who was just scintillating, cutting the Scots to ribbons in the centre.
Three beautiful tries – scores you can rest a career on. Except Joseph is just 25. England’s other hitmen were Anthony Watson, Billy Vunipola and two from late substitute Danny Care.
Gordon Reid scored Scotland’s opener when they were already 20 points down.
Owen Farrell kicked 26 points – the Lions will be massively formidable with the boot given the talents of Farrell and Wales’ Leigh Halfpenny. It was England’s highest score in the oldest of international fixtures and equalled their biggest winning margin against Scotland as the Calcutta Cup remained south of the border.
So England retained their Six Nations title with a game to spare and will complete the Grand Slam and Triple Crown if they can beat Ireland in Dublin.
That is a big ask given how well Ireland play at home, an excellent side even if they somehow contrived to lose to Wales on the Friday night.
If England can overturn Ireland, they will have a world record 19 consecutive Test wins in the bag, one more than New Zealand have achieved.
That run does not include the All Blacks and it was the Irish who did just that in the autumn, so have to be hugely respected. The Irish will be up for it. They will exert every sinew in the attempt to avoid having their noses rubbed in the dirt.
For the England squad, immortality beckons. A great game is in prospect.
Scotland captain John Barclay said it all. “We just didn’t show up. We got off to a bad start and continued, our discipline was very poor and we gave away soft tries.
“You don’t win however many games in a row without being a good side so good luck to England. We are trying to move away from the tag of plucky losers but that wasn’t even that. We were useless.”
And, as the England forwards dominated their opponents, the England crowd belted out Sweet Low, Sweet Chariot.
A truly historic afternoon at Twickenham.
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