|Italy (10) 22|
|Tries: Braley, Capuozzo 2 Cons: Garbisi 2 Pen: Garbisi|
|Scotland (19) 33|
|Tries: Johnson, Harris 2, Graham, Hogg Cons: Russell 4|
Scotland recovered from successive Six Nations defeats by overcoming Italy with a disjointed bonus-point victory in Rome.
The guests rallied from a sluggish begin to open a nine-point half-time lead with two Chris Harris tries – both aspect of Callum Braley’s Italy counter – after Sam Johnson crossed.
Darcy Graham and Stuart Hogg prolonged the benefit, however Scotland’s defending was lax in an untidy efficiency and Ange Capuozzo offered residence comfort by scoring twice within the closing levels.
Scotland’s second win in 4 matches strikes them as much as fourth within the standings, whereas Italy stay backside after a thirty sixth consecutive Six Nations defeat.
Gregor Townsend’s males full their marketing campaign towards Eire in Dublin subsequent Saturday, whereas Italy are away to Wales.
Each of those groups got here into this sense sore about their plight; Italy due to their mammoth seven-year run with out a win – when oh when will their torment finish? – and Scotland due to a championship that promised a lot within the wake of their victory over England on the opening day however has fizzled out since.
No one might have mistaken this for a high-class Take a look at between two of the match’s heavies, however it was frenetic and enjoyable. Madcap at instances.
The unhealthy information for Italy is that that is one other defeat to pile on prime of all of the others. The excellent news is Italy by no means caved in, completed on the entrance foot, scored a attempt in that interval and might need had extra. T. have been positives for them.
Scotland scored a handful of tries with out ever suggesting they’ve now hit on one thing which may bother Eire within the ultimate sport of the championship.
They did some beautiful issues, however did another issues that allowed Italy to attain extra factors than that they had managed of their earlier three video games mixed.
Paolo Garbisi’s penalty opened the scoring earlier than a nervy Scotland settled and struck again halfway by way of the half.
Their first attempt had its origins with intelligent work from Graham, the wing drawing within the Italian defenders earlier than opening up the area that George Turner galloped into.
The hooker bounced Braley and raced on. Ali Worth, profitable his fiftieth cap, took it additional into Italy territory. After the recycle, Finn Russell floated an enormous skip cross out to Johnson who dashed over within the nook.
Worth sped into area once more quickly after. That was a frantic spell. Russell, attempting one other one in all his specialities, obtained intercepted. Then Italy, wanting harmful, obtained intercepted themselves. That was when Worth motored away. He discovered Kyle Steyn down the left. Steyn saved his cool as 4 Italians moved in the direction of him. He had a glance, noticed Harris operating free infield and kicked it into the area in entrance of him. Harris had a straightforward end. Russell transformed; 12-3 Scotland.
Italy’s defence was terrible, however it might have been heartening for Townsend to see some scientific stuff from his workforce after witnessing a number of butc.d probabilities towards France.
He additionally noticed an Italian attempt, which might have introduced sure flashbacks from a fortnight in the past. The hosts attacked off a scrum by way of Braley after which Pierre Bruno. The wing regarded like he was going to get dumped into contact by Stuart Hogg however, within the method of Cyril Baille at Murrayfield, he obtained his offload away within the right-hand nook to his scrum-half, who scored. Garbisi made it 12-10.
From t., Scotland set about profitable the sport. Not fluent Scotland. Removed from it. Too good for Italy, however disjointed and too rickety by far. Their good moments have been superb. They executed a easy transfer off the again of a scrum and Harris crashed over simply earlier than the break. After the interval, after suffocating the Italians although the phases, Russell’s beautiful ball to Graham noticed the wing step and dart by way of for a attempt that he well-merited. That was the bonus level rating.
They scored once more when Worth scampered away and linked with Hogg on 61 minutes. From t., the Scots declared and fell asleep.
Italy introduced on Capuozzo for his debut and he regarded an actual prospect. With a dozen minutes left, he completed a fantastic Italian transfer. Scotland had change into too slim down the left and Edoardo Padovani teed up Capuozzo to go over within the nook. A 16-point sport.
After which it narrowed once more. A now dominant Italian pack, led tremendously by Federico Ruzza, battered Scotland again into their very own terrain. The Scots regarded jaded. Fast ball and a superb end from Capuozzo, steeping inside Steyn, and it was an 11-point sport. It was the least the Azzurri deserved. Three tries on the day and it might have been extra.
They have been by far the higher workforce within the final 20. Small consolation, for certain, however they’re going to take it. Scotland obtained the win and the bonus level they got here for, however the efficiency? Now. near ok.
Scotland: Hogg; Graham, Harris, Johnson, Steyn; Russell, Worth; Schoeman, Turner, Z Fagerson; Skinner, Gilchrist; Watson, Darge, M Fagerson.
Replacements: McInally, Dell, Nel, Hodgson, Bradbury, Vellacott, Hastings, Tuipulotu.