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Six Nations: Scotland's Outright odds slashed after impressive win over England

Scotland have been brought in to 8/1 to win the Six Nations after, for the third straight year, they defeated England on the tournament's opening weekend, triumphing 29-23 at Twickenham.

The 130th Calcutta Cup match provided plenty of pre-match plotlines with Steve Borthwick taking charge of England for the first time and the Scots eyeing three wins in a row in the fixture for the first time since the 1970s.

England were 9/2 in the outright market pre-match but are now 12/1. It is a different story for Scotland, who have gone from 20/1 to 8/1 To Win Outright after a brilliant victory.

Their ambition in playing from deep was also rewarded with a bonus point at Twickenham, as they secured a third straight win over England for the first time since 1972.

WhatSix Nations 2023
WhereLondon, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Dublin, Paris and Rome
WhenSaturday 4th February - Saturday 18th March
How to watchBBC and ITV
OddsIreland 4/6, France 11/5, Scotland 8/1, England 12/1, Wales 100/1, Italy 500/1

Van der Merwe the hero for Scotland

Scotland flew out of the traps with two early tries, Huw Jones going over following a lovely Sione Tuipulotu dink through to cross for the fifth time in his career against the Red Rose.

However, the moment of the opening half came when Duhan van der Merwe received the ball 60 metres from the England line and danced through the home defence to score one of the great Twickenham tries and repeat his feat of 2021 by scoring at the home of English rugby.

England's Max Malins had earlier gone over for his first international try following a deft Marcus Smith kick and the Saracens man grabbed his second try after some nice play by Lewis Ludlam.

Owen Farrell missed both of England’s conversions but popped over a late penalty to send his team in 13-12 up at the break.

Ellis Genge bundled over for England after 47 minutes but Ben White scored for the second straight Calcutta Cup to close the gap and, after Farrell and Russell had traded penalties, Van der Merwe was at it again in the 74th minute.

Scotland, ambitious throughout, moved the ball crossfield through the hands before it eventually found the 27-year-old who cut inside and rode the challenges of Smith and Malins to barge over.

That sealed the bonus point for the Scots and with Russell adding the extras, England could not respond.

Grand Slam dream for Scotland

It means that England have lost on the opening weekend for the fourth straight year, having also done so against France in 2020. 

However, Scotland will now be dreaming of a maiden Grand Slam since 1990 and first since the tournament became the Six Nations in 2000.

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Townsend's side are 20/1 in the Grand Slam Winner market and may start to dream of a rare clean sweep.

They are also 9/2 for the Triple Crown but it is Ireland who are the Championship favourites following their comprehensive 34-10 win over Wales in Saturday's early match.

Andy Farrell's men also grabbed a bonus point in Cardiff and are 13/8 for their first Grand Slam since 2018, the same year they last won the tournament, and have been cut from 11/8 to 4/6 To Win Outright.

Defending champions France are 11/5 in the To Win Outright odds and 5/1 to repeat last year's Grand Slam.

What next for England and Scotland?

The Red Rose welcome Italy to Twickenham next Sunday and will be aiming to extend their 29-match unbeaten run when facing the Azzurri.

Kieran Crowley's men begin their campaign on Sunday at home to France, while Scotland host a Wales side fresh from their 34-10 home humbling against Ireland.

Italy are 14/1 to beat the French for the first time since 2013 and 2/9 to Finish Bottom, as has been the case every year since 2016.

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