Fly-half Finn Russell revealed a half-time”argument” with mind coach Gregor Townsend helped spark Scotland’s remarkable come back in their 38-38 Calcutta Cup draw with England.

But after an extraordinary second-half turn around, just George Ford’s last gasp converted take to denied Townsend’s men a first Twickenham triumph since 1983.

“I had had a debate with Gregor [in half-time],” Russell told ITV.

“I said ‘you are telling us to kick so when we kick, they simply run back it and cut us and once we run it, and they’re simply hitting us behind the advantage line and winning the ball back’.

“Second halfwe simply came out without a lose, played with our , kicked out of our half and scored some amazing tries. We played good Scottish trophy”

Scotland looked to be heading for a in depth thumping after shipping five tries in two an hour or so fall 31-0 behind.

Stuart McInally’s breakaway captured them to the board before the separation, but a come back seemed fanciful.

But, Darcy Graham (double ), Magnus Bradbury and the outstanding Russell crossed to measure the scores, before Sam Johnson’s brilliant late take to put these seven points ahead, a lead they held until Ford jumped over after masses of pressure from the 83rd minute.

Scotland retain the Calcutta Cup having conquered England per year before, and the pulsating draw finishes an othere disappointing tournament that comprised a solitary victory over Italy, and losses for Ireland, France and Wales.

“At halftime, every one could have written Scotland off,” flyhalf Russell added. “For us to really have a second half like which has been outstanding, showed the character that the boys possess, I am so gutted we didn’t find a way to finish if off after Sammy’s take to.

“A draw good but we will have to win these matches whenever they’re that close. The whole campaign has been a little annoying for us we did ourselves right by coming out next half and playing really well.”

‘That which we did only does not happen in game’

Scotland lost their 2015 worldcup quarterfinal to in agonising situation at precisely the identical place, falling to an incorrectly-awarded penalty two minutes from time.

Townsend states a number of his players believe as deflated as they did after that show piece exit, nevertheless insists their revival was”outstanding”.

“You’re 31-0 down and you end up 38-31 beforehand – which will not have to take place within this place against the team,” he told BBC Scotland.

“They played intelligently, they lacked such as lions, plus so they attacked really well, scored some fantastic tries, plus so they’re really frustrated to not have the triumph, which sounds incredible afterwards where we were.

“It sensed for some of those players just such as the quarterfinal against , one of those games which went forth and back, and at the end the team who have been leading didn’t hold on.

“That which we did in the 2nd half just doesn’t happen in game – or very, very rarely – so that achievement is equally incredible, but I know that it’ll hurt the players that hurt will induce them on to make sure we’re better.”


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