Match Report: Scotland 29-0 Italy - Scots send Vern Cotter off with a bonus-point win | Ruck | Ruck

Match Report: Scotland 29-0 Italy – Scots send Vern Cotter off with a bonus-point win | Ruck

  • Scotland sign off from the Six Nations with a bonus-point win
  • Finn Russell, Matt Scott, Tim Visser and Tommy Seymour ran in tries
  • Italy have now lost 12 consecutive matched in the Six Nations
Scotland finished their Six Nations campaign on a high when they claimed a deserved 29-0 bonus-point win over Italy at Murrayfield on Saturday.

The home side were full value for their win as they dominated for large periods – especially during the first half.


Four tries brought Scotland’s tally for the championship to 14, surpassing their record, set last year, of 11 for a Six Nations campaign.

Defeat was a 12th Six Nations loss in a row for Italy, who finish with the Wooden Spoon for a 12th time in 18 seasons.

Fullback Stuart Hogg put the hosts ahead early on with a long-distance penalty before Finn Russell burst over from close range to open the try-scoring. The fly-half then added the extras to his own try to put the hosts 10-0 ahead.

The fly-half then added the extras to his own try to put the hosts 10-0 ahead.

Italy struggled to breach Scotland’s solid defence and were made to pay when Hogg slipped in replacement Matt Scott to touch down in the corner two minutes before the break.


Russell missed the conversion before Italy fly-half Carlo Canna missed his third attempt at goal in overtime, 15-0.

After the restart, the Azzurri botched two scoring chances before further tries from Tim Visser and Tommy Seymour sealed a bonus point.

LINE UPS

Scotland (revised): 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 (c), 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 (c), 7 Abraham Steyn, 6 Maxime Mata 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 Andries 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 GMT
Referee: Pascal Gauzère (France)
Assistant Referees: Nigel Owens (Wales), Luke Pearce (England)
TMO: Marius Jonker (South Africa)
%d bloggers like this: