As England held out this time over a late Welsh charge at Twickenham on Saturday, their RBS 6 Nations title was sealed with a great performance by the Scots at Murrayfield on Sunday.
With England now far and away at the top of the table, all that is left is the Grand Slam when they travel to France as they search for their first Grand Slam since 2003.
There were nail-biting moments though after the visitors once more rallied late into the match, no doubt evoking fears of a come-back that effectively sealed England’s fate at the Rugby World Cup.
A 16-0 lead through perfect kicking from Owen Farrell and Anthony Watson’s first half try made it look all so easy for the hosts, but despite the lead, Wales were never far behind. A try from Dan Biggar needed a couple more Farrell penalties to nullify the nerves, but after Dan Cole was sent to the sin-bin, England’s resolve faltered as the Dragons ran rampant.
George North and Taulupe Faletau got the visitors to just a four point deficit with just a couple of minutes on the clock, and the nails were being bitten to the quick. They held firm for just long enough to claim a second Triple Crown in the last three years, but it was Scotland’s glory of ending an RBS 6 Nations losing streak at home since 2013, and their first win over Les Bleus in 10 years that sealed England’s place as the RBS 6 Nations winners.
Three tries for Stuart Hogg and the magic boot of Grieg Laidlaw ended a pretty unhappy campaign for the French. They have a chance to prevent England from winning a Grand Slam next weekend when they host the winners in the last round for a Super Saturday finish.
The final round of the RBS 6 Nations begins on 19 March at 2:30pm GMT.
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