SCOT­LAND 14-15 ENG­LAND, 1994

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In 1994 Scot­land and Eng­land were locked in an epic bat­tle at Mur­ray­field in Ed­in­burgh.

A Gre­gor Townsend drop goal had edged the Scots in front and against the odds, with a minute left, they looked like they were go­ing to sneak home with the win.

There was one last at­tack to ab­sorb and as the English at­tacked in the mid­dle of the field, 40 me­tres out from the Scots’ line, a ruck formed.

The ball ap­peared to be stuck and a scrum loomed, but sud­denly it flew back on Eng­land’s side.

Com­mon sense dic­tated what had hap­pened – an English player in des­per­a­tion had scooped the ball back.

Kiwi ref­eree Lind­say McLach­lan didn’t seem to con­sider that pos­si­bil­ity, but in­stead, amaz­ingly, ac­cused the Scots of do­ing it and pe­nalised them.

Eng­land’s Jon Cal­lard kicked the win­ning goal and the Scots weren’t able to sleep any eas­ier when video re­plays showed, clearly, it was the hand of Eng­land’s Rob An­drew that had been on the ball on the ground.

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