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England breeze to Calcutta Cup win

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Sportal.co.nz     08 Feb 2014     Getty Images

Tries from Luther Burrell and Mike Brown, who both scored in last weekend's narrow 26-24 defeat to France, set Stuart Lancaster's men on the way to victory and kick-started England's Six Nations campaign.

Scotland were over-run by a swathe of England attacks, and a second-half sin-binning for Alex Dunbar further hindered Scott Johnson's side, who have now lost their opening two fixtures following a 28-6 reverse to Ireland in the opening round.

England dominated the first half and should have had points on the board in just the fourth minute when Owen Farrell missed a penalty in front of the posts.

Undeterred, the visitors continued to attack and Danny Care's speculative drop goal got England off the mark.

After 15 minutes the lead was stretched further with the opening try. England had a scrum on the right five metres from the goal-line, and Care's flat pass was collected by Burrell, who burst through the defence and stretched to touch down for his second try in as many games.

Three points from the boot of Farrell shortly before the half-hour mark made it 13-0 and, on the stroke of half-time, the first five-eighths burst clear and offloaded to Burrell, only for the centre to be held up just shy of the line.

The usually reliable Farrell failed to kick with his usual accuracy on a boggy pitch, and missed another straightforward penalty on 50 minutes.

A swift Jonny May breakaway nearly resulted in England's second try but he was denied by last-ditch Scotland defending.

However, the hosts' predicament worsened when Dunbar was sin-binned for holding on at the resulting ruck.

England made the most of their numerical advantage shortly before the hour mark. Quick feet from wing Jack Nowell led to a two-on-one situation and he popped the ball to Brown, who ran under the posts to match Burrell by also scoring for the second straight match.

Farrell's conversion made it 20-0 and the visitors comfortably closed out a fifth straight triumph over Scotland.