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Italy beats Scotland 37-17 for first away Six Nations triumph

Italy beats Scotland 37-17 for first away Six Nations triumph

Italy scored three tries in the first seven minutes Saturday and beat Scotland 37-17 for its first Six Nations victory on the road.
Mauro Bergamasco, Andrea Scanavacca and Kaine Robertson crossed the line at Murrayfield before scrumhalf Alessandro Troncon, making an Italian record 93rd appearance, touched down late on to complete the rout.
Scanavacca kicked four conversions and three penalties to take his tally to 22 points and help seal Italy's best result in eight seasons of tournament play.
Rob Dewey and Chris Paterson got tries for Scotland, while Paterson kicked two conversions and a penalty.
Scotland wing Sean Lamont said his team never recovered from an awful start.
"It's beyond comprehension. It's gutting. We gave them too much of a start with three interceptions in the first five minutes. That killed us," he said. "It was a nightmare start. That is unacceptable really and we couldn't recover."
Italy raced into a 21-0 lead after following a charge down and two interceptions.
The first try came after only 18 seconds when Mauro Bergamasco charged down Phil Godman's kick and was left to race forward and touch the ball down.
Scanavacca converted and, in the fifth minute, intercepted a short pass from Chris Cusiter to Dewey and raced unchallenged to the line before converting again.
Then Robertson intercepted a long pass from Cusiter to Hugo Southwell and ran 40 yards (meters) for the third try, which Scanavacca again converted.
Scottish fans watched silently in disbelief before booing their players. They watched captain Paterson spurn two simple opportunities to kick penalties, instead opting to force try-scoring opportunities, which came to nothing.
Eventually it paid off with Dewey's try in the 15th minute.
Scotland again went for a lineout instead of a penalty and Dewey darted between two Italians to charge for the line. The Scots were fortunate that referee Donal Courtney accidentally got in Robertson's way and prevented a tackle.
Paterson's conversion made it 21-7 but Scotland was down to 14 men in the 19th when Simon Taylor was sent to the sinbin for 10 minutes. Scanavacca's close-range penalty added another three points.
Paterson cut the lead to 14 points with the final kick of the first half, a 35-yard (meter) penalty.
Southwell thought he was on his way to a second Scottish try early in the first half but the play was brought back for a forward pass from Godman.
The Scots took Godman off with 22 minutes to go and switched Paterson to flyhalf and the Scottish captain responded with a solo try with 20 minutes to go.
There seemed no danger when he collected Cusiter's pass just inside the Italian half but he took the pass at speed and ran through a huge gap to outpace the visitors to the line. He then converted his try and cut the lead to seven points.
Italy had barely troubled the Scottish line since the opening few minutes but they then had a spell of sustained forward pressure close to the posts, which resulted in the Scots conceding a penalty. Scanavacca kicked it and the lead was increased to 10 points.
They were awarded another penalty but the decision was reversed because an Italian forward was called for kicking an opponent in a ruck.
Sean Lamont was then penalized for handling in a ruck and the kick was moved 10 meters closer when he argued the decision with the referee. Scanavacca kicked it and the Italians led by 13 points with four minutes remaining.
The game was effectively over when the Italian pack again camped just outside the Scottish line and veteran scrumhalf Troncon bulldozed over for the fourth Italian try which Scanavacca converted.
"This is the result of our hard work," Troncon said. "The last two games were focused on the games and I think this is the start of a new era for us. I am happy for Italian rugby."


Updated : 2021-10-24 11:57 GMT+08:00