However, England imploded and Scotland led 38-31 into added time, on the cusp of a first Twickenham success since 1983.
There might well have been fears that this match could have been considered a non-event after Wales wrapped up the Six Nations Grand Slam before kick-off, but it proved anything but.
They did beat England in Edinburgh past year when they outmuscled Jones's team at the ruck and the Australian said he expected a different scenario on Saturday after overseeing a massive improvement in that area, and in their discipline. Manu Tuilagi was seen at Pennyhill Park but did not train with the forwards.
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"In the first 15 minutes, we were conceding tries and our natural response is to try and play and score tries and win back the scoreboard", explained the coach.
England skipper Owen Farrell battled the blustery conditions to kick the conversion. Youngs passed to Slade, whose out-the-back-of-the-hand pass put Johnny May over.
But the Scots came out for the second half with a point to prove, and boy did they do it.
Sam Johnson then handed Scotland the lead with five minutes to play but replacement Ford darted over to secure a dramatic draw.
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The visitors then, incredibly, drew level at 31-31 on the hour mark, when Russell intercepted Farrell's pass and raced away to score.
Scotland, at that stage, were three minutes away from one of the greatest comeback wins in Test history.
Ford, though, ensured a share of the spoils as he crossed under the posts following a sustained spell of England pressure.
England - Tries: Jack Nowell, Tom Curry, Joe Launchbury, Johnny May, George Ford.
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"Darcy Graham in his second start for Scotland scored two tries and was outstanding in defence as well". Conversions: Russell (2), Greig Laidlaw (2).
Despite scoring a double against Italy, Brad Shields has been assigned the role of a finisher with Mark Wilson starting at blindside flanker while Ben Moon replaces Ellis Genge at loosehead prop with the latter joining the reserves.
But Cokanasiga was not even named on the bench for the Calcutta Cup clash against Scotland with fellow wing Jack Nowell, the man he came in for last weekend, returning after a shoulder "stinger" injury in one of four changes made by Jones to his starting XV.
And Magnus Bradbury was next to strike following fantastic scrum-half play from Ali Price.
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