FORMER Worcester Warriors Duhan van der Merwe scored two brilliant tries as he helped Scotland beat England at Twickenham in round one of the Six Nations.

The flying Scotsman beat five English defenders on the way to his first try of the afternoon, which will go down as one of the great Calcutta Cup scores. 

That put the visitors 12-5 up in the first-half but two Max Malins scores had England ahead at the break. 

The boot of Owen Farrell kept Steve Borthwick's men ahead but Ali Price darted over to bring Scotland within striking distance.

But then Duhan showed his brutal strength and power to finish in the corner for what proved to be the match winning try for the Scots (23-29). 

The win gives Scotland the perfect start to the tournament and they host Wales next weekend at Murrayfield, where they will look to make it two from two. 

Elsehwere, the Welsh were humbled at home by a ruthless Irish side, who secured a bonus-point win in Cardiff (10-34).

Sunday's clash saw the reigning champions and perhaps Rugby World Cup favourites France in action in Rome against Italy.

It proved to be much closer than anyone could have anticipated, with the visitors edging a thrilling encounter 29-24.