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Saturday 02 February 2019, 9:15am EST

Scotland v Italy

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  • FT
  • TRY!Angelo Esposito
  • TRY!Edoardo Padovani
  • Yellow CardSimon Berghan
  • ConversionTommaso Allan
  • TRY!Guglielmo Palazzani
  • ConversionFinn Russell
  • TRY!Chris Harris
  • ConversionGreig Laidlaw
  • TRY!Blair Kinghorn
  • ConversionGreig Laidlaw
  • TRY!Stuart Hogg
  • HT
  • ConversionGreig Laidlaw
  • TRY!Blair Kinghorn
  • TRY!Blair Kinghorn
  • Penalty GoalTommaso Allan
  • KO


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Defenders beaten
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Turnovers conceded
Turnovers won
Missed tackles
Scotland T C P
15 Stuart Hogg 1 0 0
14 Tommy Seymour 0 0 0
13 Huw Jones 0 0 0
12 Sam Johnson 0 0 0
11 Blair Kinghorn 3 0 0
10 Finn Russell 0 1 0
9 Greig Laidlaw 0 3 0
1 Allan Dell 0 0 0
2 Stuart McInally 0 0 0
3 WP Nel 0 0 0
4 Ben Toolis 0 0 0
5 Grant Gilchrist 0 0 0
6 Sam Skinner 0 0 0
7 Jamie Ritchie 0 0 0
8 Ryan Wilson 0 0 0
16 Jake Kerr 0 0 0
17 Jamie Bhatti 0 0 0
18 Simon Berghan 0 0 0
19 Gary Graham 0 0 0
20 Josh Strauss 0 0 0
21 Ali Price 0 0 0
22 Adam Hastings 0 0 0
23 Chris Harris 1 0 0
Italy T C P
15 Jayden Hayward 0 0 0
14 Angelo Esposito 1 0 0
13 Luca Morisi 0 0 0
12 Tommaso Castello 0 0 0
11 Michele Campagnaro 0 0 0
10 Tommaso Allan 0 1 1
9 Guglielmo Palazzani 1 0 0
1 Andrea Lovotti 0 0 0
2 Leonardo Ghiraldini 0 0 0
3 Simone Ferrari 0 0 0
4 David Sisi 0 0 0
5 Dean Budd 0 0 0
6 Sebastian Negri 0 0 0
7 Braam Steyn 0 0 0
8 Sergio Parisse 0 0 0
16 Luca Bigi 0 0 0
17 Cherif Traore 0 0 0
18 Tizano Pasquali 0 0 0
19 Jimmy Tuivaiti 0 0 0
20 Federico Ruzza 0 0 0
21 Tommaso Benvenuti 0 0 0
22 Ian McKinley 0 0 0
23 Edoardo Padovani 1 0 0


Six Nations

5 Scotland 70 9
6 Italy 43 0
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  • Another penalty allows Italy to take a line-out 5m away and they have a great chance to pile pressure on the Scotland line for the first time in a while.
  • The visitors make some consistent phase play through the middle following the restart and then win a penalty for good measure to edge their way into the hosts' 22.
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION: Scotland 33-3 Italy. Russell is on kicking duty now and adds two more points as Kerr comes on for his international debut off the bench for the hosts.
  • Try
    TRY: Scotland 31-3 Italy. Harris gets his first try for his country to make it five for the game! Hogg breaks down the left, and though he can't get over himself, the move leaves the Azzurri winded, allowing the replacement to slide over on the next play next to the sticks.
  • Italy look to be tiring and their box kicks are going straight down the throats of the Scottish backs. That's a dangerous play to be making, despite their efforts.
  • Bhatti, Harris and Price all enter the fray for Scotland with Laidlaw one of the faces allowed to take an early bath by Scotland with the game all but tied up.
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION: Scotland 26-3 Italy. Laidlaw nabs the extras again and there's surely no way back for Italy now.
  • Try
    TRY: Scotland 24-3 Italy. Kinghorn bags his hat-trick! Ritchie follows up an excellent break, offloads to Laidlaw and the halfback feeds the winger cutting inside, who then dummies past two to finish with a flourish and bring up the bonus point for his side.
  • Berghan replaces Nel as both sides jostle for possession around midfield again, with Scotland emerging with the line-out in the end.
  • The scrum collapses and the hosts get a free-kick to take themselves out of the immediate danger zone.
  • Palazzani with a break! Out of nowhere, Italy create a chance, flying down the right wing. A last-gasp tackle denies the half-back however as he tries to slide over in the corner and he knocks on in the process. Scotland will have the scrum on their own 5m.
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION: Scotland 19-3 Italy. Laidlaw makes no mistake and curls the extras over. That could be the game for the hosts.
  • Try
    TRY: Scotland 17-3 Italy. Hogg gets the first try of the second half for the hosts - and makes it 500 at Murrayfield! Seymour makes the break from the line-out and goes close before Russell grubbers through for the fullback to land a glimmer of a touch on to score.
  • Another penalty against the visitors however gives Scotland the chance to work their way downfield, with a line-out just shy of the visitors' 22.
  • Italy pick up a relieving penalty close to their own line after McInally comes in over the top on Budd in the ruck with a dangerous challenge.
  • Hogg makes a lithe little break that puts Italy on the back foot again and the Azzurri scramble their defence back as Scotland encroach into their 22.
  • Scotland kick the second half off and we're back underway for the final 40 minutes in Edinburgh.
  • A third penalty in a row for the Azzurri means they are handed a team warming and Italy have another line-out.
  • The hosts are just one try shy of reaching 500 at Murrayfield now however. If they meet that threshold in the next 40 minutes, they will become the third nation to reach that milestone at their home venue.
  • HALF-TIME: A Blair Kinghorn double means that Scotland have control of this test at the break in Edinburgh – but the hosts will likely be frustrated to have not added to their tally. Italy have been hard-pressed to impress at Murrayfield and Gregor Townsend will feel his side should have more to show for their domination. At half-time, it's Scotland 12-3 Italy.
  • A late line-out for Italy gives the visitors a chance to play out the rest of the half away from danger and they are duly bundled into touch on halfway as the hooter goes.
  • The hosts win their own line—out easily however and then win a penalty to march their way back downfield again. Italy must feel like they have their backs consistently to the metaphorical wall in this game.
  • Excellent work from Hayward! The Azzurri fullback finds touch with an excellent deep kick into space that pins Scotland to their own line-out 5m shy of their own line. Allan meanwhile returns from his head injury assessment having been cleared by medical staff.
  • The game has seen its pace sapped by an inability from both teams to contest a scrum without collapsing themselves in the process. Both sides are forced to reset once more for another attempt in midfield.
  • Both sides flick box kicks at each other as they jostle for field possession with Scotland eventually coming up with the line-out on their right wing 30 yards or so out from the Italy line.
  • McKinley promptly knocks on from the line-out and Scotland try to coax their way down the right wing. Jones fires a pass above Strauss though and the replacement can't keep hold of it either.
  • Another scrum penalty, this time for Italy after Scotland collapse trying to turn it near the opposition 5m line. McKinley pumps it long into touch and the visitors try to ease themselves out of danger.
  • Scotland however win the penalty at the scrum following an Italian collapse and the Azzurri are also forced into an early change through injury with Allan down. McKinley comes on to replace him for the moment.
  • A short, ugly pass to Nel sees the Scotsman put the ball to ground and Italy pick up a scrum just inside their own half on the left wing.
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION: Scotland 12-3 Italy. Laidlaw corrects the angle this time and adds the extras from out wide.
  • Try
    TRY: Scotland 10-3 Italy. Kinghorn at the double! It's a scrappy scrum followed by some scrappy long passes but the hosts do enough to stretch the Azzurri defence and the winger bounds over in the corner.
  • Castello makes the mistake just ahead of his own 5m line with a knock-on following a pressure-inducing kick from Laidlaw and Scotland have an advantageous scrum.
  • This time, it's Scotland who are handed the free-kick from the scrum and they pump it long to spark an exchange of box kicks.
  • The second attempt is poor again and Italy are awarded an initial free-kick that they turn down for another chance to scrum.
  • Both sides pack down for an Italian scrum just inside the Scotland half following a cheap handling error though it has to be reset following an initial collapse.
  • Scotland have been forced into an early change however, with Skinner having departed for a subsequently failed injury check, meaning Strauss is on in his place.
  • Laidlaw just hooks the conversion wide though so Scotland maintain only a two-point lead.
  • Try
    TRY: Scotland 5-3 Italy. Kinghorn with a superb finish! The work is all from Russell however who spots the winger with acres of space out on the left and puts a pinpoint crossfield chip to him for the try in the corner.
  • Laidlaw steals the ball at the breakdown after Italy switch off following the restart however and the visitors find themselves back on the defensive foot near their own 22.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY: Scotland 0-3 Italy. After absorbing all that pressure, it's the Azzurri who get the first points on the board as Allan slots over from the left side.
  • Italy pick up a penalty on the Scottish 22 now as Ritchie commits a lift above the horizontal on Parisse. Allan points to the posts and will look to give his side the lead.
  • Superb defence from Italy sees them win the turnover after a number of phases 5m out on the Scottish left wing and the visitors survive the latest of their hosts' early attacks once more.
  • Kinghorn with the break! The winger scythes his way across field to the right on a weaving run and almost hauls his way over. Scotland throw forwards up in support and the hosts look to force their way through.
  • The Azzurri however blow their chance to alleviate pressure on themselves as Palazzani, kicking for distance following the line-out, puts the ball out on the full. Scotland are straight back into the opposition half.
  • Replays indeed show that Gilchrist propelled himself forward on his knees within the maul to reach the line through a double movement and Italy are let off the hook with a penalty.
  • The hosts win the line-out and rapidly maul their way over through Gilchrist. The referee isn’t sold however and asks the TMO to look for a double movement.
  • Scotland have made a brilliant start and another break, this time from Kinghorn, lays a platform for Laidlaw to chip forward and win his side a line-out 5m away from the Italian line on the left wing.
  • An early box kick exchange lays a platform for Hogg to break and chase his own grubber down the right wing though he is unable to regather it in. Italy reply with further box kicks as they look to push their hosts back into their own half.
  • Allan kicks off for Italy and we are underway in this Guinness Six Nations clash!
  • The teams are out at Murrayfield for the national anthems.
  • There is a late swap for Italy with Palazzani drafted into the starting line-up to replace Tito Tebaldi in the halves. Tommaso Benvenuti is the man to fill the gap on the bench.
  • Replacements: Luca Bigi, Cherif Traore, Tizano Pasquali, Jimmy Tuivaiti, Federico Ruzza, Ian McKinley, Edoardo Padovani, Tommaso Benvenuti.
  • Italy: Jayden Hayward, Angelo Esposito, Luca Morisi, Tommaso Castello, Michele Campagnaro, Tommaso Allan, Guglielmo Palazzani; Andrea Lovotti, Leonardo Ghiraldini, Simone Ferrari, Dave Sisi, Dean Budd, Sebastian Negri da Ollegio, Braam Styen, Sergio Parisse.
  • Replacements: Jake Kerr, Jamie Bhatti, Simon Berghan, Gary Graham, Josh Strauss, Ali Price, Adam Hastings, Chris Harris.
  • Scotland: Stuart Hogg, Tommy Seymour, Huw Jones, Sam Johnson, Blair Kinghorn, Finn Russell, Greig Laidlaw; Allan Dell, Stuart McInally, Willem Nel, Ben Toolis, Grant Gilchrist, Sam Skinner, Jamie Ritchie, Ryan Wilson.
  • There's a debut for Dave Sisi today for the visitors, who also see captain Sergio Parisse make a record 66th appearance in the Guinness Six nations while Leonardo Ghiraldini wins his 100th cap. Australia-born Sam Johnson makes his first Test appearance for the hosts, with the uncapped Gary Graham and Jake Kerr on the bench.
  • For Italy, Conor O'Shea's Azzurri will be looking to avoid the unwanted record of extending their losing streak across the tournament to 18 games, a feat no other nation has ever achieved. Their last win came in 2015 – at Murrayfield, thanks to a late penalty try in the 79th minute.
  • For Scotland, Gregor Townsend's side will be looking to make it four wins on the bounce against a single opponent across the competition for the first time, having matched their 2001-2003 record against Italy last year in Rome.
  • With Wales and France having already delivered a pulse-pounding clash in the first game of this season's tournament, attention now turns to the two sides thought to be duking it out for the wooden spoon. Both can get an early win under their belts today though – and get their preparations for the World Cup in Japan later this year off on the best possible foot.
  • Hello and welcome to live coverage of week one of the 2019 Guinness Six Nations as Scotland host Italy at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh.

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