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Kruis and Nowell cross for the opening two tries of England's Jones era

England began the Six Nations with a victory in Murrayfield

ENGLAND BEGAN THEIR Six Nations campaign with a 15-9 win over Scotland at Murrayfield.

The first score of the Eddie Jones era was an extremely direct one, as Billy Vunipola took advantage of Danny Care’s clever block on Greig Laidlaw to get over the gainline from a scrum.

Saracens’ in-form lock George Kruis then burst over from close range.

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Owen Farrell’s conversion took the English seven points clear, but two Laidlaw penalties have Scotland back within a point at the break.

Finn Russell missed a drop-goal effort late in the half, while George Ford was wide with an earlier attempt for the visitors.

England’s second try came in the second half through wing Jack Nowell, who finished sharply after excellent handling from Ford, Mako Vunipola and Farrell.

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Farrell missed the conversion but added a penalty as the game headed into the final quarter.

Laidlaw fired over his third penalty soon after, but the Scots remained blunt in their use of possession and failed to manufacture the converted try they needed.

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