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- RBS Six Nations
- 22nd Feb 2014
- KO 13:30
- Ground: Stadio Olimpico
- Att: 58,000
Italy v Scotland - Live
Full-time: Italy 20-21 Scotland
79 DROP-GOAL, SCOTLAND, WEIR. 20-21. It is a scrum to Scotland, centre-field 25 metres out. This is drop-goal territory. Now, can Weir be the hero? He is!
77 Well, a knock-on from Italy gifts possession back to Scotland 25 metres out so hope remains. This is real edge of the seat stuff in the Six Nations.
76 Scotland are throwing everything at this Italian defence but in the end it's the hard-working Gray who offloads into touch. What a game this has been.
73 CONVERSION, ITALY, ORQUERA. 20-18. A calm strike from the replacement fly-half. Italy lead again.
71 TRY, ITALY, FURNO. 18-18. What a response from the Azzurri. They got in behind Scotland before number eight Parisse found his lock Furno on the right wing for the score. Massive conversion coming up.
69 CONVERSION, SCOTLAND, WEIR. 13-18. Two key points.
68 TRY, SCOTLAND, DUNBAR. 13-16. The centre has his second score. It came from a Scottish scrum just inside their own half before Lamont powered on. A couple of offloads led to Dunbar getting his hands on the ball and the rest is history. Great finish.
66 Still two points in it then with fourteen minutes remaining and it is precious attacking ball for Italy in the visiting 22. That doesn't last long though as Scotland kick clear following a fumble.
64 Italy survive. Desperate defence on their 22 after yet more positive running rugby from Scotland here. Laidlaw is now replaced by Chris Cusiter while Gori goes for Tobias Botes. Changes at scrum-half then.
62 And now Italy are back under real pressure inside their own 22 before good scrambling back leads to Allan clearing their lines. Scotland really have come out like a different team in this second 40.
61 Fortunately for Italy an offence from Beattie hands them easy metres up to halfway. They haven't had a sniff all half have the hosts. Credit to Scotland.
59 Now Italy make changes and it's a new front-row as Davide Giazzon, Matias Aguero and Lorenzo Cittadini come on. Italian ball again but on their own 22.
57 Another change made by Scotland sees Seymour make his departure as Max Evans comes on. Play is on Scotland's ten-metre with Italy set to throw in.
55 The difficult wide conversion is missed by Laidlaw.
54 TRY, SCOTLAND, DUNBAR. 13-11. A change for Scotland as Denton is on for Fusaro and it immediately leads to a try. Dunbar it is who races through a hole on the right, running over from 25 metres. Game on.
53 Scotland turn down a simple three points in front of the uprights and instead go to the right where centre Scott slips! Nightmare for Laidlaw who made the call and a subsequent knock-on sees a turnover.
52 This is looking ominous in Rome as Scotland attack with purpose through their strong runners such as Gray and Lamont. Just fifteen metres out right now.
50 Castrogiovanni is back on his feet but only to give away a penalty at scrum time for driving in on the angle. Good territory and ball for Scotland coming.
48 Brief stoppage here for treatment on Castrogiovanni on halfway while David Denton waits to emerge from the sideline. Scotland scrum whenever we restart.
46 PENALTY, SCOTLAND, LAIDLAW. 13-6. Three points for Scotland after good work from Fusaro on the floor. So the visitors are back within one score of Italy.
45 No, is the answer as referee Walsh blows for a home scrum as they were going forward at ruck time. You do have to question the Scots' attacking game-plan.
43 Good work from try-scorer Allan as he races back to his 22 and clears under pressure after Scotland had hacked downfield. It's now a Scottish line-out 40 metres from the Italian line. Can they score early?
41 Welcome back to Rome where Italy lead by ten points so Scotland need to improve if they are to avoid a third straight defeat in this season's Six Nations.
ITALY 13-3 SCOTLAND
40 CONVERSION, ALLAN. 13-3. Allan converts his own try as Italy land a telling blow just before the break. Scotland have a mountain to climb in the second half.
39 TRY, ITALY, ALLAN. 11-3. A big run off the base of the scrum from Parisse sets it up. The ball is recycled and Italy have too many numbers. Allan runs a good line and score next to the posts.
38 Geoff Cross comes on for Moray Low as Italy have a scrum with half time looming large.
36 The Italian defence doesn't really look troubled by the Scottish attack. Eventually the hosts are able to isolate a runner. McLean sets up the attacking line-out from the penalty.
34 Scotland building patiently but progress is slow. They made it up to the Italian 22, but now they're going backwards.
32 PENALTY, ITALY, ALLAN. 6-3. No problems for the home fly-half this time. Italy are worth their narrow lead.
30 Steve Walsh has a chat with Greig Laidlaw about the Scots going off their feet at rucks. It's a firm warning.
28 Allan MISSES the penalty. That's a big let off for Scotland.
26 Ouff! The Scottish scrum is savaged once again. De Marchi is thrashing Low. Penalty!
23 PENALTY, SCOTLAND, LAIDLAW. 3-3. We're all square! A patient build up from the visitors is rewarded as they eventually force the penalty. Straight down the middle from the captain.
20 Italy trying to play a lot of rugby today, overdoing it a bit perhaps. A split ball means Hogg can send play back into the Italian 22.
18 Solid set piece from Scotland this time. Allan punts, Hogg replies with a monster kick! That's huge! Line-out to Italy deep in their own 22. Scotland go offside at the line-out though so McLean can relieve the pressure.
16 Stuart Hogg is coming in at first receiver a lot. He makes a mini-break but spills it in contact - great tackle by Parisse. Scrum to Italy on halfway.
14 PENALTY, ITALY, ALLAN. 3-0. First blood to the hosts. Italy looking very comfortable with ball in hand.
10 It''s pretty even in the opening 10 minutes, neither team able to hang onto the ball long enough to make an impression. Italy are ruling the scrums and win another penalty against Moray Low. McLean kicks it out on the 22.
7 Free kick to Italy at the scrum. They take it quickly and have a go. McLeans finds touch. Scotland secure the line-out and kick. McLean replaces to find touch on halfway = square one.
5 The ball comes wide to Tommy Seymour on the touchline, he chips ahead and chases but there's too much on his kick and it bobbles over the dead-ball line.
3 Hamilton steals the line-out! The Italians are in from the side at the next ruck. Penalty! Laidlaw finds touch.
2 Penalty to Italy at the first scrum. Moray Low pinged for pulling it down. McLean finds touch.
1 Here we go! Duncan Weir kicks us off...it's a mess as the ball comes down. Scrum to Italy for a Scottish knock on.
0 The place is absolutely buzzing! What a day for Parisse and Castro!
0 Time for the anthems...please stand!
0 Johnson has brought in the giant Richie Gray and the diminutive Scott Lawson to shore up his lineout. Kelly Brown remains frozen out, while Johnnie Beattie replaces Dave Denton at number eight.
0 The Italians field a strong outfit that includes record-breaking Martin Castrogiovanni and Sergio Parisse. 20-year-old Michele Campagnaro starts in midfield, and ex-Scotland U20 international Tommaso Allan is named in the pivot position.
Welcome Hello, and welcome to live coverage of Italy v Scotland from Rome. Perhaps lacking the glamour of the other clashes this weekend, it's a game of paramount importance to both sides. Winless and try-less in Rounds One and Two, the Scots and boss Scott Johnson are under huge pressure to deliver, while Jacques Brunel's Azzurri must smell blood.
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