Scotland comfortably beat Italy in Six Nations

Scotland secured their first Six Nations Championship victory of the season when they beat Italy 34-10 at Murrayfield on Saturday.


Scotland led 13-3 at half time and went on to score four tries in the match through Tim Visser, Matt Scott Stuart Hogg and Sean Lamont.


The rest of Scotland’s points came from man of the match Greig Laidlaw’s kicking boot.


Scotland brought Italy back down to earth just six days after their historic victory over France in their opening Six Nations encounter.


Tries by Tim Visser, Matt Scott, Stuart Hogg and Sean Lamont, countered by a late consolation effort by Alessandro Zanni, helped Scotland rebound well from an opening loss to tournament favourites England.


Although Scotland dominated early possession, Italy should have opened the scoring but Luciano Orquera’s penalty came back off the Scottish upright.


Instead it was the home side who went in front on the quarter-hour mark thanks to a Greig Laidlaw penalty and the Scottish outhalf made it 6-0 with a second kick on 25 minutes after Italy were penalised for collapsing the maul.


Scott almost crossed the Italian line shortly afterwards, following a terrible mistake by Giovanbattista Venditti but was forced into touch by Tobias Botes.


The try Scottish pressure deserved finally came on 30 minutes when Dutch-born winger Visser stepped inside two Italian defenders to score his fifth international try for Scotland.


Laidlaw slotted over the subsequent conversion but there was still time for Orquera to knock over Italy’s first penalty to send Scotland in at half-time holding a comfortable 13-3 lead.


The match was all but over as a contest three minutes after the restart when New Zealand-born winger Sean Maitland set up Scott to score Scotland’s second try of the game, which was once again converted by Laidlaw.


Italy looked just one pass short of scoring their first try of the game three minutes later but Orquera’s pass to Andrea Masi was intercepted by Scottish full-back Hogg who ran length the field to touch down.


The peerless Laidlaw once again converted and there was further joy for the home fans 11 minutes from time when Lamont scored his ninth international try for Scotland with another breakaway effort.


Zanni did manage to power over the Scottish line five minutes from time for a consolation Italian try, which was converted by replacement outhalf Kris Burton to reduce the deficit to 34-10.


The Six Nations continues later Saturday when Wales take on France while Ireland and England, the only unbeaten teams left in tournament, meet Sunday in Dublin.


Final Score Scotland 34 Italy 10


Scorers


Scotland
Tries : Visser ,Scott, Hogg , Lamont
Con: Laidlaw 4
Pen : Laidlaw 2


Italy
Tries : Zanni
Con : Burton
Pen : Orquera


Match Referee: Jaco Peyper (RSA)


Teams (15-1)


Scotland


Stuart Hogg; Sean Maitland, Sean Lamont, Matt Scott, Tim Visser; Ruaridh Jackson, Greig Laidlaw; Johnnie Beattie, Kelly Brown (capt), Robert Harley; Jim Hamilton, Richie Gray; Euan Murray, Ross Ford, Ryan Grant


Replacements: Pat MacArthur, Moray Low, Geoff Cross, Alastair Kellock, David Denton, Henry Pyrgos, Duncan Weir, Max Evans


Italy


Andrea Masi; Giovanbattista Venditti, Tommaso Benvenuti, Gonzalo Canale, Luke McLean; Luciano Orquera, Tobias Botes; Sergio Parisse (capt), Simone Favaro, Alessandro Zanni; Francesco Minto, Quintin Geldenhuys; Martin Castrogiovanni, Leonardo Ghiraldini, Andrea Lo Cicero


Replacements: Davide Giazzon, Alberto De Marchi, Lorenzo Cittadini, Antonio Pavanello, Paul Derbyshire, Edoardo Gori, Kristopher Burton, Gonzalo Garcia

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