WATCH: Controversial penalty try seals Scottish win over England

Scotland retained the Calcutta Cup after a tense victory over England in the first round of the Guinness Six Nations.

England had all the momentum in the first half, playing most of the rugby in the right areas. However, Scotland took the lead with the first try of the match.

With just under 20 minutes paid, Darcy Graham received the ball, dug a half gap and set up debutant Ben White for the try. He was converted by Finn Russell, taking a four-point lead.

While the two sides traded penalties for the remainder of the half, it was Russell’s boot that sent Scotland through at half-time maintaining that four-point lead.

However, this advance was short-lived. As he has so often been over the past two years, Marcus Smith made the difference for England by putting them up seven points with less than 20 minutes to play.

Then came the moment of the greatest controversy. Former Scotland and Leinster manager Matt Williams speaking on Blank mediasuggested England were ‘robbed’ as Scotland were awarded a penalty try.

Luke Cowan-Dickie was sent off for a deliberate forward throw-in, with the referees believing the situation would have led to a try had it not been for the England hooker’s actions.

However, Williams believes it was an incredibly harsh call, saying “a trial would certainly not have been granted” following Cowan-Dickie’s actions.

“He certainly looked like he didn’t understand the laws of the game,” Williams said. “However, I have to say I’ve seen some dodgy penalty tries, and that’s right up there.

“I’m not sure you could say a try was definitely going to be scored from that. Did foul play prevent a try from being definitely scored? I just don’t think it fulfilled These conditions.”

Rob Kearney, who joined Williams in the post-match breakdown on Blank mediathought Cowan-Dickie had definitely cost his team the win.

“He had done all the hard work,” Kearney said. “He had timed his leap into the air very well. He had both hands up in the air and then just decided to put them together.

“It was absolutely crazy stuff. You always hate to blame someone…but. He cost his team that game.”

Soon after, Russell gave Scotland a three-point lead, with nine minutes left in the game.

The hosts managed to maintain their lead with strong performances from set pieces.

In the end, it was a scrum reset several times that put Scotland over the line. A turnover of the subsequent English move fell into the hands of the Scots.

Stuart Hogg kicked the dead ball to maintain the Calcutta Cup and keep their hopes of a Six Nations Championship alive for 2022.

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