From the back pages, February 3: England 38 Scotland 18: Ruthless Owen Farrell gets England off on right foot


England produced the post-New Zealand encore that had been expected of them by sweeping Scotland aside with comparative ease to retain the Calcutta Cup at Twickenham. Stuart Lancaster’s side simply had too much power for the Scots, whose miserable record of failure in London continued. They have not won in the English capital since 1983. (The Times)

A quite stunning match that can stand proudly alongside any that has graced this grand old tournament. It should have been all over just after half-time when Ireland went 30-3 ahead but Wales, at last stirred into action, staged such a remarkable comeback that it was not beyond comprehension that they could have secured a famous victory. (The Telegraph)

Moussa Sissoko paid of a sizeable part of his transfer fee with a superb double to hand Newcastle a precious victory over European champions Chelsea. The France midfielder marked his home debut with a 68th-minute strike to level the game at 2-2 and then blasted home a brilliant winner to further boost Alan Pardew’s survival mission. (Daily Mail)

Wayne Rooney’s solitary goal turned the spotlight on Manchester United’s Barclays Premier League title rivals after they beat Fulham 1-0 in a match which was interrupted by floodlight failure at Craven Cottage. (The Express)

Roberto Mancini has hailed summer transfer target Luis Suarez as one of the deadliest strikers in the Premier League. Manchester City will face Suarez when his Liverpool side roll into Eastlands today, with Mancini known to relish the prospect of signing the prolific Uruguayan. (The Mirror)

Lukas Podolski netted a controversial winner for Arsenal as they won a bruising clash with Stoke. The German smashed in a 78th-minute free-kick at the Emirates via a deflection from Stoke’s Geoff Cameron. But it was initially ruled out after the linesman flagged for offside as the shot was taken. (The Sun)

QPR deny inviting Peter Odemwingie on Loftus Road trip Steve Clarke calls ‘total lunacy’. Albion manager opens door for striker’s return to the team but says he needs to apologise first. (The Independent)