Scottish Six Nations Hope

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Scotland did something special on Saturday. They did something just about every Scotsman dreams of, but that never quite comes to pass except on very special occasions; they beat England. At rugby, specifically.  

Early penalties were traded, magnificent tries were scored - Huw Jones forcing his way through half the England team single handed being the crown jewel, with a beautiful Finn Russell pass coming a close second-nerves were tested, demons were banished, a twelve-point margin of victory - Scotland 25 England 13 - was achieved. It was great. 

After all, it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to describe Scotland’s victory in the Calcutta Cup as a seismic event in Scottish Rugby. It was the first Scottish victory in the fixture since 2008; the biggest margin of victory over England since the 1980’s; the biggest Scottish victory since Australia last autumn and, most importantly, it has brought Scotland as close to a maiden Six Nations title - their last win was the final Five Nations competition in 1999-as they have ever been.  

Which, admittedly, isn’t saying much. The Scots have a five-point deficit on the Irish - who have clocked two bonus-point victories and are unbeaten this campaign - and are still a point behind England despite their Murrayfield victory over the Auld Enemy.  

To win, Scotland must beat the Irish at the Aviva Stadium - ending a horrid away record in doing so - and secure a bonus point win over Italy. They also must hope that England doesn’t pick up a bonus point, beat Ireland on the last day and that the Scots can rack up a big enough score to secure a superior points difference come to the end of the tournament.  

The point is, there’s a chance. A genuine chance to win something other than moral satisfaction and a wooden spoon-which we were holders of just three short years ago. For a nation which has seen some of the lowest lows imaginable in recent years, that’s quite something. 

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