Scotland 19-22 Italy

A penalty try for Italy in the last minute gave them victory over Scotland. The game began with a flurry of points and tries were exchanged. Just before half time, an Italian penalty hit the post, but the chasing players were able to get the ball and score a try; however, Scotland took a one point lead into half time.

The second half was different, with over 20 minutes before the first points were added to the score; the points were from a penalty, giving Scotland a four point lead. The Italians laid siege to the Scottish line in the last ten minutes, with tries and mauls. After another maul was pulled down, Scotland had a player sent to the sin bin. Another maul, also taken down with seconds left, led to the award of the penalty try, with the conversion being added after the time had expired to give the winning three point margin.

Both teams looked to play some rugby, but generally the precision was lacking. This resulted in both teams struggling to keep the scoreboard ticking along, but kept the game tight. I don’t think either team will win another game in the Six Nations this season, particularly because Scotland struggle to take chances and Italy struggle with kicks at goal.

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