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80 Time up on the clock, but the Scots keep possession. It's the last throw of the dice for the visitors as the Stadio Flaminio erupts with every tackle made on an attacking player. The hosts can smell victory, and will get to taste it too as a turnover allows Alessandro Zanni to grubber kick the ball into touch. Oh, but Hugo Southwell keeps the ball in play! The Scots still with a chance, but a penalty against them finally kills off any hope of an upset in Rome. It's victory for Italy, their first in 2010 and the celebrations will go on long into the night. Thanks for joining us folks and well done to the Azzurri!
77 Chances go begging for both sides now as a penalty attempt by Craig Gower from 45m out drops inches short! The Scots are still in with a shout to draw the game following that miss...
75 Can you believe it? The Scots are held up - it's Allan Jacobsen who is denied once again... that's two tries canceled out by the TMO. Though this one looked really close! Time running out for Scotland as the Italians defence stands firm....
69 CONVERSION, ITALY. Mirco Bergamasco adds the extras from right in front and the Italians are back i front and closer to their first Six Nations win in 2010! Can they hold the Scots out though in the last 10 minutes? It's nail-biting stuff! 16-12
67 TRY, ITALY. The Italians with a burst now into Scotland territory. Centre Gonzalo Canale is in the clear, but gets brought down just outside the Scots' 22.. An offload to Pablo Canavosio sees the nippy scrum-half take the ball on the angle, and race in for a fine try under the poles for the first five-pointer of the match.... at last!
64 PENALTY, ITALY. Dan Parks is entrusted once again with the penalty shot at goal and doesn't let his team-mates down as Scotland take the lead! 9-12
61 Whatever the Italians do, the Scots try and do better as a wave of navy blue jerseys swamp Andrea Masi following a high ball from Blair that left the Italy winger stranded in his 22. The ball is turned over, and the Scots use their big forwards to edge closer to the line. A big hit on Kelly Brown by Mauro Bergamasco is followed up by a stupid mistake from fly-half Craig Gower who is blown up f playing the ball off his feet.
58 Ross Ford throws it in, but it's pinched by South African-born lock Quintin Geldenhuys. Threw the hands it goes, the Italians using the width of the field well but can't find a gap. I spoke to soon as winger Mirco Bergamasco is put in the clear and racing down the left touchline. He has support on his inside but puts ball to boot - up goes the ball, and down goes Bergamasco. Was he taken out? The ref waves play on as Hugo Southwell clears from inside his tryline and the Scots take a big sigh of relief.
55 Italy in possession now, but replacement scrum-half Pablo Canavosio turns the Scotland back three with a clever box-kick that catches Simon Danielli off-guard and the ball rolls, and rolls and rolls some more into touch.
52 A few replacements now for the Scots - in a surprise move, Johnnie Beattie is replaced by Al Strokosch and Chris Cusiter makes way for Mike Blair. Not sure what the thinking was behind that move by Scotland coach Andy Robinson. Perhaps he knows something we don't...
49 DROP GOAL, SCOTLAND. A long wait, but the TMO finally advises that Jacobsen was held up and the decision is greeted with a big cheer from the home crowd. But the cheers turn to jeers as Dan Parks ignores a Scotland overlap to his right and slots over a cheeky drop to level the scores once more. This game is too close to call! 9-9
46 Scotland hit back with another powerful run by that man Beattie - he's having an absolute cracker. He finds support in Kelly Brown, who can't take the pass but the ball went backwards says the ref. Allan Jacobsen picks up the loose ball, steps over one Italian defender and carries three more with him over the line! The Scots punch the air in celebration, but the ref will go upstairs.
44 PENALTY ITALY. The Italians look to counter by swinging the ball from right to left. They've managed to go sideways perfectly, but someone needs to straighten the line. No need though, as referee Dave Pearson awards Italy a penalty after Graeme Morrison was blown up for not rolling away in the tackle. A chance for Mirco Bergamasco to re-take the lead for his side... the crowd lets the winger know his penalty goal is successful! Italy back in front. 9-6
41 Welcome back folks as Dan Parks gets the second half underway! Good take by Marco Bortolami as the lock leaps high to claim the ball, but comes crashing down with a big thud. Tebaldi puts in a box kick, and Max Evans is greeted with an unkind bounce. The Scotland centre manages to control it though and immediately the ball is spread wide. Simon Danielli tries to goose-step his way past his opposite number, but loses the ball in contact.
40 Parks with a chance to give Scotland the lead for the first time in this match on the stroke of full-time. It's by far his toughest attempt, but he's been striking the ball well. Oh dear, he just got hit with the commentators curse! Parks misses as the referee blows for half-time. The scores remain level! Lets hope this game picks up after the break... see you in a bit.
37 Ghiraldini overthrows in the line-out as Johnnie Beattie is handed possession on a silver platter. The Scotland number eight exploits a big gap and the Scots have a real chance of bagging a try here with a two-man overlap. The ball goes through the hands, but i the final pass is slapped down by Gonzalo Canale. Yellow card? No. Penalty? Yes.
34 Play taking place on halfway now after Parks' restart. Italy captain Leonardo Ghiraldini is at the back of a driving maul as the hosts are cheered on by the passionate crowd. The Scots pulls it down though, and that will be another stiff arm penalty. It's too far for Mirco Bergamasco's liking, so the winger shunts the ball into touch instead. He didn't get much distance on that at all.
30 PENALTY, SCOTLAND. Parks has his kicking shoes on this afternoon, as his second penalty attempt sails between the uprights. It's all tied in Rome! 6-6
27 Big leap from Marco Bortolami in the line-out but the Scots are awarded another penalty after Jim Hamilton was interfered with in the air. It's kickable, and Parks will level the scores if this goes over.
24 That Parks penalty has lifted the Scots somewhat, and all of sudden, it's the visitors who find themselves with the bulk of possession and territory as the Scotland pivot pulls off a majestic touch finder that rolls out inches from the Italian line. Magic!
20 PENALTY, SCOTLAND. Tebaldi's efforts on defence are clouded over by a silly tackle from offside by prop Martin Castrogiovanni who will give Scotland their first penalty attempt of the match from bang in front. Dan Parks makes no mistake and the Scots are on the board! 6-3
18 At last, the Scots find their way inside the Italian 22 - it's taken them nearly 20 minutes to get there! A break-out from John Barclay nearly sees the Scotland flanker over with one man to beat. However, Tito Tebaldi stands his ground and takes the hit, bringing down man and ball in a try-saving tackle.
16 It's not the prettiest game to be played but it's really tense out there - both teams desperate for a win and want to achieve it in any possible way they can.
12 PENALTY ITALY. The Scots need to work on their discipline after another penalty is given away right in front of their posts - Ross Ford the guilty party this time round. Mirco Bergamasco lines it up, and once again the flags go up. Three more points to the Italians! 6-0
10 The Azzurri piling all the pressure on the Scots so far in this match. A neat grubber kick ahead by Gonzalo Garcia is chased well by the Italy centre, but Simon Daniell gets their first and is forced to run it out 10m from his line. The crowd show their appreciation!
8 PENALTY, ITALY. Nearly ten minutes into the match now and both sides remain scoreless. That is until a Scotland flanker John Barclay is penalised on the deck which allows the hosts their first shot at goal. MircoBergamasco steps up and slots the three points. First blood to the Italians! 3-0
5 Scrappy play from both sides now. The Scots need to settle down and look very rushed in their play. Dan Parks eventually gets fed up and puts up a high one for Italy full-back Luke McLean who faces a big test early on. He's standing under his goalpost with a flood of Scots screaming down his neck. He takes well though under pressure, calls a mark and clears his lines.
3 Alessandro Zanni off the back of the scrum now and takes it blind where an offload to Mirco Bergamasco sees the Italian winger speed down the left-hand touchline, both sides keen to run it early on. Bergamasco's inside ball to his big brother Mauro is put down however, so a promising move comes to a halt. Scrum to Scotland.
1 And we're underway as Italy kick off! It's a long one from Craig Gower and lands in the hands of Scotland skipper Chris Cusiter who decides to run it up - that's what we like to see. However he runs straight into his forwards and forces a scrum to the Italians early on, perhaps it was better to kick it out after all!
0 Welcome to the Stadio Flaminio in Rome for the Six Nations battle between the bottom two, Scotland and Italy! Both are looking for their first wins of the 2010 competition and we're in for a mighty big clash.
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