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Published: 18:47 | 6/2/16

England battle past Scotland

Ed Jones era starts with a win

The new era in English rugby got off to a winning start as England battled past Scotland by 15-9 in the Six Nations at Murrayfield.

Tries by George Kruis and Jack Nowell earned Eddie Jones' side victory in a nervy encounter.

The visitors led 7-6 after a tight first half as Kruis made their openeing dominance count with a 14th-minute try but Greig Laidlaw kept Scotland in touch with a pair of penalties as England were penalised by the referee at the breakdown.

England came flying out of the traps after the break with the outstanding Billy Vunipola driving his side forward and they got their second try when winger Nowell finished off a fine passing move.

Laidlaw reduced the deficit with a penalty to set up a grandstand finish but England’s impressive defence kept their opponents' at arm's length to ensure their unbeaten run in this fixture extended to nine matches.

New captain Dylan Hartley was understandably delighted with his evening's work.

"Amazing," he told BBC Sport. "It’s a good start. Not the prettiest performance. It was physical and we're happy to get that one out the way. We’ll do something good and then our discipline costs us. Scotland were ferocious at the breakdown.

"We’ll enjoy tonight and focus on next week come Monday. We’ve had two weeks together, there is so much to improve on come Monday. It was huge to lead England out but I'm more happy we won as a team."

Man-of-the-match Vunipola meanwhile believes England proved they can bounce back from their poor World cup showing.

"It was a tough trip to start with, but we had the same last year, and we hope we can carry this on through the tournament," he said.

"We wanted to prove people wrong. We didn't do great in the World Cup, but it's gone now and we're just having fun.

"Eddie Jones is a great guy. I hope we keep the right side of him because he's a good man."

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