Published: Sun, March 12, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Owen Farrell suffers injury scare for the most RIDICULOUS reason

Owen Farrell suffers injury scare for the most RIDICULOUS reason

Cotter's Scotland side was thrashed 61-21 on Sunday (NZ Time) by England, who clinched another Six Nations title while Schmidt watched his Ireland team get walloped by Wales, 22-9 on Saturday.

However, they were left in utter chaos after a succession of injuries meant FOUR different players filled in at full-back at various points throughout a ragged 80 minutes. "Ireland, psychologically, are in a very strong position".

"At half-time, I told them to be ruthless and behave like the number one team in the world", Jones said.

Farrell despite a rare off day for England against Italy on his 50th cap has been in excellent touch for the reigning Six Nations champions since Jones took over, and his absence would stick the spotlight on George Ford's goalkicking.

The Scots won't want to be a part of England's history making and will be desperate to bring the Eddie Jones inspired juggernaut to a shuddering hault as they bid to wrestle the Calcutta Cup out of England's grasp.

But England unleashed its best performance of the season, producing seven tries and scoring its most points against Scotland and tying the biggest margin against its oldest rival.

That's the opportunity they've got.

Bath star Joseph sliced open the Scots defence twice in the first-half and did it again three minutes after the break to complete his terrific trio of tries in a bonus-point victory.

That's got to be up there as one of the most freaky reasons for injury in history.

Despite the likes of Stuart Barnes completely exposing Eddie Jones' argument that Italy's tactics were out of order at Twickenham nearly two weeks ago, the England boss is still banging the drum and even aimed a cheeky pop at O'Shea and Italy while speaking to the media on Thursday.

"We don't go into games being scared of the opposition", he said. "I've coached a lot of good players and he is certainly one of the best. I'll worry about things when they happen during the game".

"We've been ready to play well for a couple of weeks", Jones said after watching his side hit the ground running with a third-minute try for Jonathan Joseph and rarely look back.

The landslide against a demoralised Scotland continued nearly immediately after the break, a Russell interception saving a certain try after Nathan Hughes burst from a ruck but the try was only delayed until Joseph ran a superb line to skate over untouched for his hat-trick. "You need gas on the outside and power on the outside".

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