Man of the match: Steven Naismith scores 11 points to help England beat Scotland
12.51 Steven Naistith scored a hat-trick as England defeated Scotland 13.08 Scotland are two points behind England at the top of the Premiership after a comfortable win over England at Murrayfield on Friday.
England have four points from three games, while Scotland have five points from six.
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Naismith was a constant threat to England’s defence, with the striker hitting seven goals, including two on goal.
England’s second-half comeback from the opening-day loss to Wales saw them get a point in their final two games of the campaign, including a win at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on Sunday.
The 26-year-old Naismir had a hand in all three of England’s goals, scoring a hat trick, before he was substituted with 10 minutes remaining.
“The lads did what they had to do.
They put themselves in a good position to win the game,” said England boss Gareth Southgate.
“It was a good win for them.
I think the team deserved the win.
Their work ethic and belief was fantastic.”
England are unbeaten in their last 10 matches at Murrayfields, with Naismiths hat-tricks in the past five.
Scotland’s captain, Scott Brown, was named the player of the game after scoring three goals in the first half.
He also had a hat on the back.
England will travel to Ireland to take on the Scarlets on Saturday.
Ahead of Saturday’s game, Southgate told BBC Sport: “We’ve got a lot of confidence.
I thought we looked strong in the second half.”