Italy 0-17 Scotland: Lacklustre Scots struggle to Six Nations win
Italy vs Scotland
Guinness Six Nations
2:15pm Saturday 22nd February
Stuart Hogg helped relieve some of the pressure on trainer Gregor Townsend because his solo try sent Scotland into a 17-0 win over Italy in their way.
The newest skipper went some way towards atoning for his blunders from England and Ireland because his Evaluation touchdown assisted Scotland enroll their Six Nations win because February 2019.
Attempts from Chris Harris and Adam Hastings gave his head coach some respite although townsend’s side were again guilty of failing to take their chances.
Having failed to enroll a go in either of the two opening defeats despite getting more than enough opportunities, the Tartan Army that was travelling have to have feared as another opportunity went begging eight moments in, their side were set for a new bout of congestion.
A monster 60-yard kick against Hogg forced a line-out deep to the Azzurri’s 22 but while the hosts have been caught from Stuart McInally’s extended toss for Sam Johnson, they had been back in position to maintain Hogg before a knock-on from Magnus Bradbury saw the Scots frustrated yet .
Scotland’s scrum was working and also a shunt should have been rewarded with a simple 3 points. Adam Hastings, nevertheless, shanked a easy kick virtually facing the sticks.
It was a start from the club of Townsend and it became a one as another swipe of Hastings’ boot published Mattia Bellini. Before storming upfield, together with Jayden Hayward prevented from scoring by Hogg 23, the Zebre wing danced past three tackles.
However, it was Scotland who found a breakthrough.
Matteo Minozzi is put by blair Kinghorn under pressure with a kick and he can only respond by firing . Hogg was handed to by the flanker and the skipper did the rest, rampaging through a gap at the hosts’ lineup before striding away from Hayden to evaluate a dramatic effort.
Hastings missed the conversion as well as his spouse Ali Price then had a second try ruled out by the TMO due to a pass at the build-up from Hamish Watson.
Tommaso Allan then fired a late penalty from the post as Italy wasted a chance to reduce Scotland’s 5-0 lead before the rest.
They didn’t lose heart and got their reward in the 47th minute although scotland were being wasteful.
There were times during 17 periods of sheer grunt in the line where Italy’s resistance appeared like it might pay off but at the end there was enough distance for Harris to sail through wide to the right for the moment. Again Hastings didn’t convert.
Italy had to play the final phases a guy light out following Federico Zani was sin-binned for a tip-tackle on Grant Gilchrist.
As Hastings pick-pocketed a ruck before cantering in under the posts to put the seal on a win With tiring legs, they can do nothing.