The much-awaited Five Nations Rugby tournament has kicked off with a bang as England National Post Today secured a dominant victory over Scotland in their opening match. The match, which took place at Twickenham Stadium in London, saw England beat Scotland by an impressive 31-0 scoreline. The two teams were evenly matched in the early stages of the game, with neither side able to find a breakthrough in the first 20 minutes. However, it was England who eventually broke the deadlock, with winger Jonny May scoring the opening try of the game.
May’s try seemed to spark England into life and the team continued to push forward, scoring two more tries before the end of the first half. The second half saw more of the same, with England dominating possession and territory to put more points on the board. Despite a valiant effort from Scotland, who worked hard to stifle England’s attack and prevent any further tries, the game ended in a comprehensive victory for the home side. England’s victory puts them in a strong position at the top of the tournament table, and will give them a boost of confidence ahead of their upcoming matches against Ireland and Wales.
In other rugby news, New Zealand have announced their squad for the upcoming Rugby World Cup. The All Blacks, who are the current champions and favourites to win the tournament again this year, have named a strong squad full of experienced players. The squad features some notable omissions, including veteran prop Owen Franks and centre Ngani Laumape, who were both left out despite being regulars in the squad over the past few years.
However, coach Steve Hansen has defended the decision, saying that the squad has been picked on form rather than reputation. Meanwhile, in football, Manchester City got their Premier League campaign off to a flying start with a 5-0 win over West Ham United. City were dominant throughout the game, with Raheem Sterling netting a hat-trick to secure the victory. The win puts City at the top of the table after the opening weekend of the season, and will give them a boost of confidence ahead of their upcoming matches against Tottenham and Bournemouth.
In tennis news, Roger Federer has withdrawn from the Western & Southern Open due to a back injury.