Gloucester trio Jonny May, Billy Twelvetrees and Ben Morgan were on international duty over the weekend and helped England chalk up their first RBS Six Nations win of the campaign with a regulation 20-0 victory over Scotland at Murrayfield.
With the Murrayfield surface coming in for plenty of scrutiny, the pitch acted as a leveler between the two teams. In truth, England were dominant in all facets of the game and will be disappointed not to have notched up more points in the mud.
May and Twelvetrees were starters in an unchanged 23 named by Head Coach Stuart Lancaster and both again looked at home on the international stage.
England opened the scoring as scrum half Danny Care dropped a goal and with conditions under foot difficult, Owen Farrell was finding his radar tough to discover from the tee.
The first try came at the end of the first quarter, a rolling maul and good continuity through the phases went close and centre Luther Burrell cut a delicious line to power over for his second try on his second appearance.
As Scotland huffed and puffed with big carries, England were content to play the territory and through the boot of Farrell went in at half time 13-0 to the good.
The conditions underfoot were not ideal for running rugby and the English backs were trying hard to unleash their pace and the signs were looking good. May, especially was finding space and was impressing with a number of searing breaks and elusive running. Twelvetrees was impressive in defence and was giving his backs plenty of front-foot ball to attack from.
The second try did come and it came from the left wing, with May making the initial break, the ball was recycled and Jack Nowell showed good strength to break the tackle of Matt Scott and feed Mike Brown who crossed for his second England try and put the result in no doubt.
At 20-0 up, England were unloading the bench and after earning penalty after penalty close to the line, but they couldn't cross the brave defending from the hosts. The steady stream of replacements was halting any momentum England could build up but in truth the game was done and dusted and petered out in the quagmire.
From a Gloucester point of view, the trio showed again their comfort on the international stage and for England, bigger tests lie ahead in wait when the competition restarts in a fortnight's time where the Red Rose will be looking to make home advantage count against Ireland.
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