Italy v Scotland

An early scrum penalty for the home side was kicked into the corner, and they soon had the first try of the encounter in the 4th minute with a driving maul that took captain Giacomo Ferrari over the line.

Scotland responded well though, catching their restart and they soon had a penalty in front of the posts after an Italian offside. Robin Mc Clintock had no issues converting from the 22-metre line.

Italy looked to have put Filippo Lazzarin into the left corner after a spill by Mc Clintock in the 10th minute, but excellent work from Josh Taylor and Ross McKnight meant the winger was bundled into touch.

Scotland were holding onto the ball well and taking the game to Italy. Another offside by the Azzurri in front of the posts in the 16th minute gave Mc Clintock the opportunity to reduce the gap to one, which he duly took.

Just two minutes later it was Scotland’s turn to be offside after a good break by Italy. They went for the posts and Giovanni Sante had the easy task of putting his side four points in front.

After a period where Scotland had plenty ball but couldn’t capitalise, Italy got their second try in the 33rd minute. Substitute Francois Carlo May made a break on the right wing, stepped around Mc Clintock and scored in the corner, with Sante landing the conversion from out wide.

Italy thought they had a third try four minutes later. Luca Rizzoli picked up the ball a metre out and managed to power his way over. The referee gave the try but the TMO adjudged that the ball was held up. Replays showed that Gregor Scougall did well to get his leg under the ball and keep it up.

Half time: Italy 17 - 6 Scotland

Italy had a lineout five metres out in the 45th minute, but this time Scotland’s maul defence held firm and they managed to force a knock on.

But Italy continued to press, and they soon won a penalty in a very kickable position when Scotland were caught holding on in the ruck. Sante had no issues extending Italy’s lead.

And they had a third try in the 52nd minute. Italy pushed Scotland off their own ball at the scrum, and with both packs thinking the penalty was going to be awarded Ferrari managed to sneak through unnoticed and run it over the line.

Scotland looked to have scored their first try in the 65th minute. Good play after winning a penalty and kicking to the corner led to Jed Gelderbloom finding a gap at the side of the ruck, but he just knocked it on as he reached for the line.

Scotland made good progress in the 71st minute, winning a penalty and kicking to the corner to put Italy under pressure, but after a hard carry from Rhys Tait Italy were able to win a penalty at the ruck.

Scotland fought for a try to the bitter end and after several phases in the Italian five metre line, Andy Stirrat was stopped just short and Josh Taylor twisted and turned to get over the line with the final play of the game, scoring a very similar try to the one he scored against France two weeks ago.

Full time: Italy 27 - 13 Scotland

Referee: Aimee Barrett-Theron

Player of the Match: Giacomo Ferrari (Italy)

Italy: 15. Lorenzo Pani; 14. Flavio Pio Vaccari; 13. Dewi Passarella; 12. Arturo Fusar; 11. Filippo Lazzarin; 10. Giovanni Sante; 9. Alessandro Garbisi; 1. Luca Rizzoli; 2. Lapo Frangini; 3. Riccardo Genovese; 4. Alessandro Ortombina; 5. Riccardo Andreoli; 6. Giovanni Cenedese; 8. Giacomo Ferrari CAPTAIN; 7. Ross Michael Alwyn Vintcent

Replacements: 16. Tommaso Scramoncin; 17. Riccardo Bartolini; 18. Matteo Bernandinello; 19. David Odiase; 20. Carlo Berlese; 21. Andrea Cuoghi; 22. Nicolo Teneggi; 23. Francois Carlo Mey

Scotland: 15. Robin Mc Clintock; 14. Ross McKnight; 13. Duncan Munn; 12. Andy Stirrat; 11. Ben Evans; 10. Christian Townsend; 9. Murray Redpath; 1. Michael Jones; 2. Gregor Hiddleston; 3. Gregor Scougall; 4. Josh Taylor; 5. Max Williamson; 6. Matthew Deehan; 8. Rhys Tait CAPTAIN; 7. Tim Brown (Glasgow Hawks) (1)

Replacements: 16. Duncan Hood; 17. Ali Rogers; 18. Callum Norrie; 19. Rudi Brown; 20. Innes Hill; 21. Jed Gelderbloom; 22. Thomas Glendinning; 23. Kieran Clark

live commentary 7:00 PM Friday 11 Mar 2022

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