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Six Nations | BT Murrayfield
12:30 (GMT) | 18-03-2017
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The ball is won by the Azzuri at the line-out but a knock-on brings the game to an end. That's it FULL TIME. Scotland wins
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The Azzurri looks to drive and put Scotland under pressure. Violi kicks and finds touch 5m away from the Scottish try line.
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Weir clears into touch. Italian line-out
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Good scrum by the Scottish as the look to run from their own 22.
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Scrum penalty for the Azzurri and they opt for touch. Line-out 8m from try-line as Italy looks to maul but the ball is turned over by the Scotts
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The ball is knocked on by the home team after the reset kick. Scrum close to the Scottish 22 for Italy.
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Russel looks to add the extras. He strikes it perfectly and it sails through the middle
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The home team hold on to the ball bashing it up in the middle before going wide. Seymour goes over in the corner for the bonus point try
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The home team again looks to attack through the midfield. They keep ball in hand making good gains 10m from the try line
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Scrum reset. Violi feeds again. The ball spits out at the back of the scrum and Venditti clears into touch
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5m line-out for the Scotts who looks to maul. But the Italians drive them back. Knocked on by a Scottish player. Scrum Italy ball
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The home team looks to put it up in the middle. Making good ground. Penalty awarded to Scotland for a high tackle. They opt for touch
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Price feeds the scrum and the Scottish scrum wins a penalty. Russel goes for touch and finds it on the Italian 22
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The kick-off is deep and Scotland clears it into touch. Line-out Italy ball. Forward pass by the Azzuri. Scrum down, Scotland ball.
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Russel adds the extras
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Scottish throw as they look to attack from the Italian 10. The ball is forward by Hogg and Visser goes over. The referee goes upstairs and awards the TRY
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Line out to Italy close to their own 22. They secure the ball and clears into touch.
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Seymour runs the ball back and gains a few valuable meters. Scotland attacking on the Italian 10. Russel tries a chip kick but the ball bounces into touch
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The Scotts look to drive this one over the line but the Italian defense holds up. The ball is turned over and Italy kicks down the middle
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Scotland is awarded a penalty just over the half way line and Russel finds touch in good attacking position 5m away
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Play is stopped momentarily and fresh legs are put on by both sides.
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Italy secures their line-out ball and looks to drive. The ball is intercepted by Scotland and Visser kicks it into touch
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Price feeds the scrum. du Preez takes it up as Hogg looks to clear. He finds touch and the pressure is relieved off the home team
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Italy goes wide as there is some space on the outside but the ball is lost forward by Padovani in front of goal. Scrum on their own 5 for Scotland
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The home side concedes yet another penalty. Italy opts for touch and looks to maul 5m away from the try line
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The Azzurri opts for the attacking option. They go for touch and look to attack
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The referee goes back for the penalty advantage. Italy look to tap and run. Another penalty and Barclay gets sent off with a yellow card
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Strong maul by the Azzurri. Inches away from the try line. They go wide but Esposito is held up over the line
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The line-out is won by the away team but the Ref awards a penalty for playing a player in the air. The Italians opt for touch again
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The Italians apply good pressure to trap the Scotts inside their own 22. They win a penalty and opt for touch
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The ball is kicked over the try line by McLean and Russel dots it down for the 22 drop-out. They clear and Italy kicks back.
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The ball is knocked on by the Italians. Scrum just inside their own half for the Scottish
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Canna gets the 2nd half on the way with a deep kick-off. The Scotts secure the ball and Hogg clears

Half Time

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The Azzurri looks to make use of the final few minutes of the half. Putting up phase after phase . They get a penalty inside the 22 and Canna goes for goal. He misses another relatively easy penalty.
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Russel fails to add the extras
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The pressure pays-off as Scott goes over for a try
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Great touch found by Scotland who looks to put the Italians under pressure at line-out time.
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Line-out close to the 10 of the away team. The Scotts look to attack before the ball is lost and the Italians make use of the advantage.
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After the reset the ball is secured by the Scotts who looks to attack from their own half. A few kicks are exchanged. Both teams looking for territory
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Canna misses another penalty right in front of goal
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The referee stops play to go upstairs. Foul play is spotted by the home team and Italy gets a penalty just outside the 22
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After the reset a bit of ping pong kicking takes place. Italy kicks it over the try line and Scotland dots it down for the 22 drop-out.
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Russel looks to add the extras as that one goes sail through
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The ref plays advantage as the Scotts still looks to attack. Russell finds a gap and over he goes
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The home team takes the attacking option by going for touch. The look to run. 5m away from the try line
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The Italian defense hold up as the Scottish still attacks. Jones finds a gap and almost goes straight through. Advantage is played and Russell gives a cross kick for Visser who knocks it on
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The Scots get a penalty and kicks for touch. Line-out just inside the Italian half. They look to put up phase after phase
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The home team goes for touch but losses the line-out as a free kick is awarded to the Italians.
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After the reset Italy looks to attack but concedes a penalty at the breakdown
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Italy gets a penalty and takes it quickly. The ref awards another penalty for not being 10 away. Canna looks for goal but he misses
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Italy looks to maul after the line-out but concede a penalty for holding on as the Scottish defense hold up
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Italy wins a scrum penalty and kicks for touch. They find touch 10m from the try line
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Scotland kicks and the ball is knocked on by the Italian winger who has his foot in touch. The ref awards the scrum on Italy's 22. Scotland put in
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Scotland get a penalty deep in their half and Russell gives his team a line-out in the Italian half!
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Italy get a penalty at the line-out and Canna finds touch near the Scottish 10m line!
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From a scrum on halfway, Scotland go wide and Russell finds touch a few metres from the Italian 22
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Italy drive forward with a maul in the Scotland half, before they kick possession away!
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Stuart Hogg converts a penalty from way out and Scotland lead 3-0!
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Scotland get a penalty after a powerful scrum and they will go for the three points from about 45m out!
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After an exchange of kicks, Italy lose the ball forward and Scotland have an attacking scrum just inside the Italy half.
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Scotland go on an early attack , but they lose the ball on halfway and the visitors kick the ball away.
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KICK-OFF: Scotland flyhalf Finn Russell gets the match underway!
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Both teams are on the field and the anthems are about to get underway!
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In his three-year stint, the 55-year-old Cotter guided Scotland from 10th to fifth in the world rankings, came within a whisker of a World Cup semifinal and is guaranteed to depart as the first Scotland coach in the professional era to achieve a 50 percent win ratio.
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This will be Vern Cotter's last match in charge of Scotland before he returns to the French Top 14 with Montpellier.
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START LINE UP
  • 1 Gordon Reid
  • 2 Ross Ford
  • 3 Zander Fagerson
  • 4 Grant Gilchrist
  • 5 Jonny Gray
  • 6 John Barclay
  • 7 Hamish Watson
  • 8 Ryan Wilson
  • 9 Ali Price
  • 10 Finn Russell
  • 11 Tim Visser
  • 12 Alex Dunbar
  • 13 Huw Jones
  • 14 Tommy Seymour
  • 15 Stuart Hogg
RESERVES
  • 16 Fraser Brown
  • 17 Allan Dell
  • 18 Simon Berghan
  • 19 Tim Swinson
  • 20 Cornell du Preez
  • 21 Henry Pyrgos
  • 22 Duncan Weir
  • 23 Matt Scott
START LINE UP
  • 1 Andrea Lovotti
  • 2 Ornel Gega
  • 3 Lorenzo Cittadini
  • 4 Marco Fuser
  • 5 George Biagi
  • 6 Maxime Mbanda
  • 7 Braam Steyn
  • 8 Sergio Parisse
  • 9 Edoardo Gori
  • 10 Carlo Canna
  • 11 Giovanbattista Venditti
  • 12 Luke McLean
  • 13 Tommaso Benvenuti
  • 14 Angelo Esposito
  • 15 Edoardo Padovani
RESERVES
  • 16 Leonardo Ghiraldini
  • 17 Sami Panico
  • 18 Dario Chistolini
  • 19 Andries Van Schalkwyk
  • 20 Federico Ruzza
  • 21 Francesco Minto
  • 22 Marcello Violi
  • 23 Luca Sperandio
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Preview: Scotland v Italy

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 10:16

SIX NATIONS ROUND FIVE: Vern Cotter's battered and bruised Scotland side will hope to give the Kiwi coach a winning send-off when they host pointless Italy at Murrayfield on Saturday.

The opening game on the final day of the Six Nations season is Cotter's last before the former Clermont coach makes way for Scot Gregor Townsend and returns to the French Top 14 with Montpellier.

In his three-year stint, the 55-year-old New Zealander guided Scotland from 10th to fifth in the world rankings, came within a whisker of a World Cup semi-final and is guaranteed to depart as the first Scotland coach in the professional era to achieve a 50 percent win ratio.

With 18 victories from 35 matches, Cotter's tally stands at 51.4 percent.

Despite the shuddering setback of last Saturday's 21-61 defeat against England - Scotland's heaviest points concession to their rivals - Cotter could also finish his tenure with the Scots' highest Six Nations finish.

His team would take second place, behind England, if they beat Italy with a try bonus point, if Wales beat France without a bonus point and if Ireland lose to England.

"There'll be a bit of sadness involved with it being the last game but first and foremost it's about getting the performance. Winning's the most important thing. If someone had said beforehand that we'd have two wins with a game to go we'd probably have taken it.

"The players are really focused on an opportunity to finish well in this Six Nations," said Cotter.

Cotter's wounded team will need to recover from the psychological and physical damage of their Twickenham thrashing - the selection of head-knock victims Stuart Hogg, Ryan Wilson and Tommy Seymour is subject to passing progressive return-to-play protocols.

They will also have to overcome an Italian side, led by the inspirational Sergio Parisse, who will be scenting a chance to end their miserable season on the high of another memorable Murrayfield success.

Italy's only two away wins in the Six Nations have been achieved at the Edinburgh ground and Parisse, the Stade Francais No.8 who has 125 caps, played a pivotal part in both the 37-17 victory in 2007 and the 22-19 triumph in 2015, which remains the Azzurri's last victory in the competition.

The 33-year-old, born in Argentina, also scored a cheeky drop goal in a 26-6 defeat at Murrayfield in 2009, emulating New Zealand's Zinzan Brooke and England's Neil Back as one of the select few international backrow forwards to successfully perform the party piece.

"Everything revolves around Parisse in the Italian team, so if we can shut him down then it will help," said Cornell Du Preez, the South African-born flank who made his debut off the bench against England.

Under the guidance of new coach Conor O'Shea, Italy came into the championship with high hopes, following their historic 20-18 victory against South Africa in Florence in November.

However, they have suffered a succession of dramatic second-half slumps (scoring a combined tally of just 12 points and conceding a whopping 120) and have failed to finish within 20 points of an opposition team.

"People will say it's physical but a lot of it's mental. When things go against us we can't afford to compound our errors," said O'Shea.

Players to watch:

For Scotland: Huw Jones has taken to the international arena like a duck to water and will want to continue his fine form while the combination of Finn Russell and Ali Price have proven to be a successful halfback pairing. The Gray brothers will need to set the tone at setpiece time if Scotland are going to have the upperhand.

For Italy: Everything the Italians do centres around captain Sergio Parisse. We all know how good he is and how much he inspires those around him. It is that inspiration that will be needed if Carlo Canna and Edoardo Gori are to get the backline firing while Abraham Steyn will want to put his big frame to good use.

Head to head: The tussle at halfback will be interesting to follow and see who can get their backline on the front foot but that will only happen if the pack of forwards are doing their bit to dominate their opponents.

Recent results:

2016: Scotland won 36-20, Rome
2015: Scotland won 48-7, Edinburgh
2015: Scotland won 16-12, Torino
2015: Italy won 22-19, Edinburgh
2014: Scotland won 21-20, Rome
2013: Scotland won 30-29, Pretoria
2013: Scotland won 34-10, Edinburgh
2012: Italy won 13-6, Rome
2011: Scotland won 23-12, Edinburgh
2011: Scotland won 21-8, Edinburgh

Prediction: Italy are looking to end the competition with some points but with Vern Cotter saying goodbye to Scotland, the home side will have plenty to play for and claim a comfortable victory by about 15 points.

Teams:

Scotland: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Tommy Seymour, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Alex Dunbar, 11 Tim Visser, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Ali Price, 8 Ryan Wilson, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 John Barclay (Captain), 5 Jonny Gray, 4 Grant Gilchrist, 3 Zander Fagerson, 2 Ross Ford, 1 Gordon Reid.
Replacements: 16 Fraser Brown, 17 Allan Dell, 18 Simon Berghan, 19 Tim Swinson, 20 Cornell Du Preez, 21 Henry Pyrgos, 22 Duncan Weir, 23 Matt Scott.

Italy: 15 Edoardo Padovani, 14 Angelo Esposito, 13 Tommaso Benvenuti, 12 Luke McLean, 11 Giovanbattista Venditti, 10 Carlo Canna, 9 Edoardo Gori, 8 Sergio Parisse (captain), 7 Abraham Steyn, 6 Maxime Mbanda, 5 George Biagi, 4 Marco Fuser, 3 Lorenzo Cittadini, 2 Ornel Gega, 1 Andrea Lovotti.
Replacements: 16 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 17 Sami Panico, 18 Dario Chistolini, 19 Dries Van Schalkwyk, 20 Federico Ruzza, 21 Francesco Minto, 22 Marcello Violi, 23 Luca Sperandio.

Date: Saturday, March 18
Venue: Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Kick-off: 12.30 (12.30 GMT; 13.30 CET)
Expected weather: Patchy light rain that will turn heavier. Low of 7°C, high of 10°C
Referee: Pascal Gauzère (France)
Assistant referees: Nigel Owens (Wales), Luke Pearce (England)
TMO: Marius Jonker (South Africa)

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Scotland give Cotter a winning send off

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 11:35

SIX NATIONS REPORT: Vern Cotter ended his three year tenure as Scotland head coach with a 29-0 bonus-point victory that completed the Scots' most successful Six Nations campaign in 11 years.

Tries by flyhalf Finn Russell, replacement centre Matt Scott and wings Tim Visser and Tommy Seymour earned Cotter's side a convincing win against a hapless Italy, who failed to trouble the scoreboard for the first time in two years - since a 0-29 defeat against France in Rome in March 2015.

That kept the Scots in with a chance of their first-ever second-placed finish, depending on results in Paris and Dublin later on the final day of the championship, but ensured three Scottish victories out of five for only the second time in the Six Nations era, matching the tally achieved under Frank Hadden in 2006.

In watching his side bounce back from last week's 61-21 mauling against England at Twickenham, Cotter finished his tenure with 19 victories from 36 matches. The 55-year-old Kiwi - who moves on to Montpellier in the French Top-14 when Glasgow's Gregor Townsend replaces him in June – is the first Scotland coach in the professional era to record a win ratio of 50 percent or more.

As for Italy, having produced promising first-half performances but dramatic second half fade-outs in their previous four games, they failed to get a point on the board in either half, completing  a miserable maiden Six Nations campaign for coach Conor O’Shea, his side finishing bottom of the table without even a solitary bonus point.

The Scottish pack got on a powerful drive from the first scrum, forcing a penalty that full back Stuart Hogg converted from long range to give Cotter's men a 3-0 lead after four minutes.

Not that the Scots proceeded to build momentum. With rain falling, there were handling errors on both sides and lost line-outs too.

The visitors fluffed a gilt edged opportunity to draw level at the mid-point of the opening half, flyhalf Carlo Canna screwing wide a penalty from a near-central position inside Scotland's 22m line.

Not until the start of the second quarter did Scotland show any attacking intent. Centre Huw Jones took a flat pass from Russell and burst through a gap but slipped on the sodden turf 10m from the line and limped out of the action – to be replaced by Scott.

From the penalty that followed, Scotland set up a line-out drive in the right corner and eventually broke the Italian resistance, scrumhalf Ali Price feeding Russell for a try in the left corner that the flyhalf managed to convert.

That left Italy 0-10 down with 28 minutes on the clock and they continued to spurn opportunities to get their own points on the board, Canna missing another penalty.

The Scots capitalised on their good fortune with a second try two minutes before half-time. Hogg outleapt Italy'’s left wing Giovanbattista Venditti to flick a Price chip back in the in-goal area for Scott.

Russell was unable to add the conversion but, when Canna missed a third penalty in injury-time, Scotland went into the second half with a 15-0 lead that the Italians struggled to whittle down.

They had plenty of possession but met with firm resistance, Hogg holding up Angelo Esposito in the right corner and then thwarting the wing with a superb tackle.

Scotland lost captain John Barclay to the sin bin after 49 minutes, the Scarlets flankehaving hauled down a maul while off his feet, but still held the Italians at bay.

After Barclay's return, in the 61st minute Visser touched down a Hogg kick into the left corner and Russell converted.

Then, with eight minutes to go, Hogg fed a scoring pass for Seymour to secure the try bonus, Russell adding the conversion.

Man of the match: Flyhalf Finn Russell put last week's Twickenham horrow show behind him by producing a confident display on attack against the Italians.

Moment of the match: Matt Scott's try just before half-time knocked the wind out of the Italians' sails.

Villain of the match: The match was played in good spirits.

The scorers:

For Scotland:
Tries: Russell, Scott, Visser, Seymour
Cons: Russell 3
Pen: Russell

For Italy: None

Yellow card: John Barclay (Scotland, 48 - cynical play, collapsing the maul)

Teams:

Scotland: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Tommy Seymour, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Alex Dunbar, 11 Tim Visser, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Ali Price, 8 Ryan Wilson, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 John Barclay (Captain), 5 Jonny Gray, 4 Grant Gilchrist, 3 Zander Fagerson, 2 Ross Ford, 1 Gordon Reid.
Replacements: 16 Fraser Brown, 17 Allan Dell, 18 Simon Berghan, 19 Tim Swinson, 20 Cornell Du Preez, 21 Henry Pyrgos, 22 Duncan Weir, 23 Matt Scott.

Italy: 15 Edoardo Padovani, 14 Angelo Esposito, 13 Tommaso Benvenuti, 12 Luke McLean, 11 Giovanbattista Venditti, 10 Carlo Canna, 9 Edoardo Gori, 8 Sergio Parisse (captain), 7 Abraham Steyn, 6 Maxime Mbanda, 5 George Biagi, 4 Marco Fuser, 3 Lorenzo Cittadini, 2 Ornel Gega, 1 Andrea Lovotti.
Replacements: 16 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 17 Sami Panico, 18 Dario Chistolini, 19 Dries Van Schalkwyk, 20 Federico Ruzza, 21 Francesco Minto, 22 Marcello Violi, 23 Luca Sperandio.

Referee: Pascal Gauzère (France)
Assistant referees: Nigel Owens (Wales), Luke Pearce (England)
TMO: Marius Jonker (South Africa)

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Finn Russell (27min), Matt Scott (37min), Tim Visser (61min), and Tommy Seymour (72min)
TRIES
Finn Russell (28min), Finn Russell (62min), and Finn Russell (73min)
CONVERSIONS
Stuart Hogg (5min)
PENALTIES
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
John Barclay (48min)
 
 
VENUE BT Murrayfield
REFEREE Pascal Gauzère (France)