Scotland wing Blair Kinghorn helped get his side’s Six Nations campaign off to a flying start against Italy on Saturday.
The versatile 22-year-old crossed twice before halftime and made Six Nations history when he picked up his third try of the match in the second half.
Kinghorn scored his first try in the 11th minute after collecting a perfectly placed cross-field kick from Finn Russell. He was in again ten minutes later as the benefactor of a well-worked set-piece move from a scrum that saw Russell loop around before finding fullback Stuart Hogg who drew an extra man and shifted the ball to Kinghorn on the wing.
Kinghorn’s third and final try of the night came shortly after halftime as he capitalised on a line break and went straight through the middle of a pair of defenders to extend Scotland’s lead to an insurmountable 24-3.
— Guinness Six Nations (@SixNationsRugby) February 2, 2019
In doing so Kinghorn became the first Scotsman to notch a Six Nations hat-trick as his side cruised to a 33-20 victory over the Azzurri in Murrayfield.
Kinghorn’s efforts saw his international try scoring tally double as Scotland won their opening Six Nations match for just the third time.
Scotland will next week face Ireland, who will be desperate to rebound after losing to England at home in a tense opening round battle.
Rugby World Cup City Guides – Oita:
Sign up to our mailing list for a weekly digest from the wide world of rugby.Sign Up Now