After ten minutes at Murrayfield, Scotland supporters could be forgiven for fearing the worst. The game had barely begun when Ken Plummer, sidelined by England for the past seven years, swept outside his marker Dave Shedden with ease and raced to a brilliant try – only to be pulled back for placing a foot in touch en route to the try line. After six minutes, England breached the Scotland line once again with Alan Old putting Andy Maxwell over as the visitors cut right through the Scottish defence. Old converted. With confidence already low, it was difficult to see how the Scots would recover from such a bad start, even with another 74 minutes left on the clock.