Instead the "darlings of European rugby", as Jones described them, were magnificent as they matched their willingness to attack with a steely resolve that meant England were out-hustled throughout.
It was a hugely impressive display by a Scotland side who a year ago suffered a 61-21 thrashing by England at Twickenham.
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"I don't think we'll give them that much space, so unfortunately if you are a Scotland fan, I think you'll see a good England win".
Jones, a star in the making, kicked forward and gathered to ground in the 15th minute for Scotland's first home try against the English since 2004. Finn Russell nailed the resulting penalty to put the Scots into a 12 point lead with less than 15 minutes remaining.
His long pass from just outside the 22 released Jones who sprinted clear before being tackled by wing Jonny May. "We knew what we were going to get, but we just couldn't meet the challenge". A long floated pass teased would-be interceptors on its way to Jones, who charged half the length of the field and another handsome ball by the fly-half found Maitland with the room to touch down under duress, with Laidlaw unable to convert from the touchline.
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Farrell cut the deficit to nine points early in the second half with a try the inside centre duly converted.
So often England's inspiration, Farrell provided the fast start to the second half they needed, skirting around Grant Gilchrist as the lock was caught narrow and converting his own score.
England then found themselves a man down with 14 minutes left when Sam Underhill was sin-binned for a risky challenge on opposing replacement Jamie Bhatti.
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England have won two out of two as they strive to become the first team to win the tournament outright three years in a row and Mears has backed Eddie Jones' men to overcome their fierce rivals from north of the border in Edinburgh.