Steve Borthwick says England threw away great chance to wrestle Calcutta Cup back from Scotland

England head coach Steve Borthwick admitted his team threw away a great chance to wrestle back the Calcutta Cup.

The hosts threw away their slender four-point lead at Twickenham in the final stages of the Six Nations match, with a Finn Russell penalty and a try from Duhan van der Merwe sealing Scotland’s comeback and 29-23 victory. It denied Borthwick a victory in his first match as England boss, having taken over from Eddie Jones last month.

“Clearly we’re disappointed with the result,” Borthwick said. “Scotland have controlled this fixture in recent years and I thought they were very good. They didn’t get a lot of chances but the chances they got they took ruthlessly. We need to make sure we limit those chances. They moved the ball very well from deep in attack.

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“We saw some growth, particularly in the attacking side of the game. The team looked like they had points in them and try-scoring potential. But we want to win and we’re disappointed that we didn’t. We were hit by a couple of scores in that first half that came out of nowhere really.

England head coach Steve Borthwick could not hide his disappointment at the defeat by Scotland.
England head coach Steve Borthwick could not hide his disappointment at the defeat by Scotland.
England head coach Steve Borthwick could not hide his disappointment at the defeat by Scotland.

“The team responded incredibly well because if you had rewound a bit, the team wouldn’t have reacted in the way it did. To go into half-time up was credit to the players. At 20-12 up, we shouldn’t be letting that game get away from us, but we did. We’ll have a good look at it and part of growing as a team is going through some pain. We could have won that game but didn’t.”

England’s next match is against Italy, again at Twickenham, a week on Sunday and Borthwick vowed: "I am disappointed for the supporters, who I thought were incredible for us today. We'll make sure we come back here in eight days' time and are a better team."

England captain Owen Farrell added: "We are at the start of our journey. We feel like there has been growth in the performance. There is some stuff that we can be proud of today.

"I guess there were always going to be some errors coming from our first game together but I know these boys will work hard to fix them."