Italy v Scotland

Despite a solid first-half performance, Scotland were unable to stop an Italian comeback in the second period as the hosts took the spoils in the fourth round of the 2022 TikTok Women’s Six Nations at Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi [20-13].

Lisa Thomson got the proceedings underway and applied some early pressure as her kick was collected by Ilaria Arrighetti who accidentally fell into touch.

Italy were soon able to absorb the pressure and were quickly on the move, but their attack was brought to a halt when Manuela Furlan accidentally stepped into touch while racing down the wing.

The game ebbed and flowed for the opening ten minutes with no side taking full control, however, Scotland’s first opportunity of the game came on the 13th minute after some further pressure forced a penalty just outside the 22, with Helen Nelson slotting the attempt through the posts [0-3].

Italy immediately retaliated and launched themselves into action and were able to capitalise following a number of errors from the visitors. The Italians we got their first sight of goal on the 22nd minute when Michela Sillari slotted through a penalty to bring the score back to a level [3-3].

Scotland were able to put in some promising attacks but struggled to craft the breakthrough for the next ten minutes, however, their patience brought reward as Emma Wassell dotted the ball on the line to put Scotland back into the lead, with Helen Nelson adding the extras [3-10].

HALF-TIME: Italy 3-10 Scotland

Italy came out firing in the second-half and were back on the scoreboard when Melissa Bettoni powered her way over the whitewash, with Sillari adding the extras [10-10].

Buoyed by the score, the Italians were soon on the attack again and further errors from Scotland proved costly as a penalty from Sillari brought the hosts into the lead for the first time in the game [13-10].

Scotland were agonisingly close to the line on the 63rd minute but good defensive work from Aura Muzzo saw the winger bundle Megan Gaffney into touch just metres away from the whitewash.

In ruthless fashion, the Italians rallied and were able to extend their lead when Silvia Turani powered over the line, with Sillari capping the score off with a successful conversion [20-10].

The rain was not enough to diminish Scotland’s fighting spirit, as the side tried to stage a comeback in the later stages of the game but the Italian defence held firm and discipline proved costly again.

Scotland were able to salvage a score through Helen Nelson as the centre slotted through another penalty attempt, however, the side were unable to catch-up before the final whistle as Italy secured their first win of the tournament [20-13].

FULL-TIME: Italy 20-13 Scotland

TikTok Player of the Match: Michela Sillari

Scotland: Chloe Rollie (Exeter Chiefs); Rhona Lloyd (Les Lionness Du Stade Bordelais), Lisa Thomson (Sale Sharks), Helen Nelson VICE CAPTAIN (Loughborough Lightning), Shona Campbell (Edinburgh University); Sarah Law (Sale Sharks), Caity Mattinson (Worcester Warriors); Molly Wright (Sale Sharks), Lana Skeldon (Worcester Warriors), Christine Belisle (Loughborough Lightning), Emma Wassell (Loughborough Lightning), Sarah Bonar (Harlequins) , Rachel Malcolm CAPTAIN (Loughborough Lightning), Rachel McLachlan (Sale Sharks), Evie Gallagher (Stirling County).

Replacements: Jodie Rettie (Saracens), Leah Bartlett (Loughborough Lightning), Katie Dougan (Gloucester Hartpury), Louise McMillan (Hillhead Jordanhill), Anne Young (Edinburgh University), Jenny Maxwell (Loughborough Lightning), Hannah Smith (Watsonians), Megan Gaffney (Loughborough Lightning).

Italy: Manuela Furlan CAPTAIN; Aura Muzzo, Michela Sillari, Beatrice Rigoni, Maria Magatti; Veronica Madia, Sofia Stefan; Melissa Bettoni, Vittoria Vecchini, Lucia Gai, Valeria Fedrighi, Giordana Duca, Beatrice Veronese, Isabella Locatelli, Ilaria Arrighetti.

Replacements: Silvia Turani, Gaia Maris, Michela Merlo, Sara Tounesi, Alessandra Frangipani, Sara Barattin, Alyssa D’Inca, Vittoria Ostuni Minuzzi.

Referee: Lauren Jenner (NZR)

Assistant Referee 1: Sara Cox (RFU)

Assistant Referee 2: Katherine Ritchie (RFU)

TMO: Ben Whitehouse (WRU)

live commentary 7:20 PM Saturday 23 Apr 2022

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