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Scotland fight back to earn Women’s Six Nations victory in Italy

By PA
Scotland v England – Guinness Women’s Six Nations – Hive Stadium

Scotland claimed victory in Italy for the first time this century to record their second win of the Women’s Six Nations.

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The visitors responded well to a heavy loss against England last weekend, holding on for a 17-10 success in Parma.

Scotland could not make the most of early possession and territory and went behind just after the half-hour mark when Alyssa D’Inca crossed for an Italian try.

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Points Flow Chart

Scotland Women's win +7
Time in lead
4
Mins in lead
19
5%
% Of Game In Lead
24%
58%
Possession Last 10 min
42%
3
Points Last 10 min
0

Five minutes later Scotland were level, though, the visitors using their power to propel Lana Skeldon over the line, making it 7-7 at half-time.

Two quick tries from Scotland in the 63rd and 69th minutes ultimately decided the contest, with first Emma Orr running in before Chloe Rollie ended another spell of pressure by going over.

A Sara Tounesi penalty brought Italy back within seven points, while Scotland finished with 14 players after dangerous play from Rollie, but the hosts could not take advantage.

Attack

148
Passes
225
106
Ball Carries
140
326m
Post Contact Metres
311m
4
Line Breaks
6

The result sees the third place in the Women’s Six Nations, and as a result qualification for the Rugby World Cup in 2025 and this year’s WXV 1 competition, hang in the balance until the final day of the competition.

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Scotland move into third place at the end of the first day of round four on eight points, while Italy and Ireland follow in fourth and fifth, both on six points. Wales, the only team without a win so far, are sixth with one point.

With this in mind, it’s probable that Ireland vs Scotland will prove to be the deciding match for third place on Saturday 27th April.

However, if Wales secure a bonus-point win against France in the final match of round four and another bonus-point win against Italy in round five, in addition to altering their points difference to such an extent that they overtake any other team on the same points as them (providing Ireland vs Scotland finishes in either a draw with a try bonus-point for Scotland, or a bonus-point win for Ireland), they could also finish in third.

For Wales, who finished in third last year, reaching third place feels an improbable outcome due to the weight of the results required, but it is still mathematically possible.

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Bonus-point wins for Italy and Ireland, or a draw with a bonus point for Scotland, would see third place decided on points difference.

England’s 88-10 win against Ireland earlier in the day confirmed their top-three finish and place in WXV 1, which they won in 2023. France took the second spot of three in the top level as they are guaranteed to finish in the top two regardless of the results of the remaining matches.

With both England and France already qualified for the 2025 Rugby World Cup due to reaching the semi-finals of the 2022 edition, the team that finishes in third will seal the only available RWC 2025 spot from the 2024 Women’s Six Nations.

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Jon 23 hours ago
Why Sam Cane's path to retirement is perfect for him and the All Blacks

> It would be best described as an elegant solution to what was potentially going to be a significant problem for new All Blacks coach Scott Robertson. It is a problem the mad population of New Zealand will have to cope with more and more as All Blacks are able to continue their careers in NZ post RWCs. It will not be a problem for coaches, who are always going to start a campaign with the captain for the next WC in mind. > Cane, despite his warrior spirit, his undoubted commitment to every team he played for and unforgettable heroics against Ireland in last year’s World Cup quarter-final, was never unanimously admired or respected within New Zealand while he was in the role. Neither was McCaw, he was considered far too passive a captain and then out of form until his last world cup where everyone opinions changed, just like they would have if Cane had won the WC. > It was never easy to see where Cane, or even if, he would fit into Robertson’s squad given the new coach will want to be building a new-look team with 2027 in mind. > Cane will win his selections on merit and come the end of the year, he’ll sign off, he hopes, with 100 caps and maybe even, at last, universal public appreciation for what was a special career. No, he won’t. Those returning from Japan have already earned the right to retain their jersey, it’s in their contract. Cane would have been playing against England if he was ready, and found it very hard to keep his place. Perform, and they keep it however. Very easy to see where Cane could have fit, very hard to see how he could have accomplished it choosing this year as his sabbatical instead of 2025, and that’s how it played out (though I assume we now know what when NZR said they were allowing him to move his sabbatical forward and return to NZ next year, they had actually agreed to simply select him for the All Blacks from overseas, without any chance he was going to play in NZ again). With a mammoth season of 15 All Black games they might as well get some value out of his years contract, though even with him being of equal character to Richie, I don’t think they should guarantee him his 100 caps. That’s not what the All Blacks should be about. He absolutely has to play winning football.

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