England's no-try nine-point season
Jeff Butterfield surges towards the Scottish line in a season where England's points totalled three penalties
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England's drawn match with Scotland (a penalty goal apiece) left them with the dismal record of having failed to score a try in a Five Nations campaign for the first time. Their return for the entire season was a desultory nine points from three penalty goals, but then again they only conceded 11 and finished with a win and two draws.
In the first Test staged at Murrayfield, a record crowd of 60,000 watched Scotland defeat England 14-11 through a late Herbert Waddell dropped goal (then worth four points). The win meant that Scotland not only won the championship but also the Grand Slam for the first time.
A mixed day for France's Pierre Lacans. In the afternoon he scored a try as his country beat England 16-12 at Twickenham, but his post-match celebrations went slightly too far and he ended up being arrested for being drunk and disorderly outside a Mayfair nightclub. He was later fined £10 in court.
The then biggest crowd for a game in the British Isles - more than 80,000 - paid around £200,000 to watch Scotland beat England 28-19 in a cracking game at Murrayfield. The aggregate of points - 47 - was also a Calcutta Cup record.
England won the championship for the first time in 16 years with a 26-8 thumping of Scotland which included six tries. "The severity of the defeat," observed the Times, "was largely due to [Scotland's] bad tackling and marking". Only a draw in Dublin a month earlier robbed them of the Grand Slam.
Wales staged a late recovery to draw with France and win a share of the Five Nations title. They finished level with Scotland who ended a 14-year drought against England with a 15-6 win at Murrayfield.
London Irish beat Nuneaton 44-0 in a Sunday match at Sunbury, scheduled to allow the home fans to recover from watching the previous day's Five Nations battle. Remarkably, all seven of their tries were scored by forwards.
Wales gave their captain, Ieuan Evans, a welcome birthday present. Their 15-12 win against Scotland in Cardiff was their first home victory in the Five Nations for three seasons.