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Italy 29 - 30 Scotland
80 CONVERSION, SCOTLAND, LAIDLAW! 29-30! He's sent it over. Full-time at Loftus and it's Scotland's day!
80 TRY, SCOTLAND, STROKOSCH! 29-28! The hole is spotted by the Scottish flanker. He got round Parisse for the score that should lead to Laidlaw knocking over the match-winning points. Incredible ending here.
79 Scotland go through the phases but again Italy stand firm fifteen metres out. Who will crack first?
77 So three minutes remaining as a scrum penalty goes against the Italian front-row, which hands the Scots an attacking line-out 12 metres out. A grandstand finish them coming up at Loftus Versfeld.
75 Scotland are back in possession but have a long way to go to the try-line as they work through the phases 50 out. Scratch that, they are now needing to travel 65 metres due to Italy's good defence.
71 Italy are lucky there as it looked like Parisse caught Laidlaw with a boot to the head. Italy survive.
70 Scotland are now going through the phases while Denton lies injured on the floor. Five out here as Laidlaw looks to dot down over a ruck and onto the try-line. Oh dear, he's lost the ball in the act.
69 Back come Scotland though as they set up camp 20 metres out from the Italian line. They have a penalty coming which is sent into the corner, with a converted try set to put them in front. Can they do it?
68 PENALTY, ITALY, DI BERNARDO! 29-23! And things get even better for the Azzurri as Murray takes out Furno at a line-out, allowing fly-half Di Bernardo a chance to extend the lead to six. It's good!
65 Good work from Botes soon after though as he looks for territory, keeping Scotland pinned inside their own half. Italy are now fifteen minutes away from beating the Scots and ending this series with a win.
63 Could that be a costly miss from Di Bernardo as his latest penalty attempt is pulled wide from 30 out.
61 So with just under a quarter of the game remaining, Italy are in front as they look to exact revenge for their Six Nations defeat. They are in possession 45 metres out via a free-kick off a scrummage.
58 PENALTY, ITALY, DI BERNARDO! 26-23! Scotland disrupt the Italian driving maul going over halfway so up steps the Azzurri fly-half with an excellent strike that pushes his side in front at Loftus Versfeld.
56 Scotland are denied a try as the TMO spots a forward pass from Visser to the scoring Scott. But, as I say, the officials saw the offload had drifted forward so it will be an Italian scrum on their own 22.
54 So not as many points as the opening ten minutes or so of this second half than there was in the first but it is not lacking in heart as Ghiraldini and Murray have a bit of afters following a heated scrum.
53 Another change to mention here as Pavanello is on for debutant Cedaro as Italy pack down on their 22.
51 Heathcote is off for Scotland meanwhile so Laidlaw moves to fly-half with the replacement Pyrgos at nine. It is a Scottish line-out on the Italian ten-metre by the way as Lawson finds lock Kellock.
49 Nothing comes of that assault however and they had also lost their advantage so Italy clear without coughing up any points. Zanni is now on for Italy, replacing Bortolami. Castro goes for Cittadini.
48 Changes for Italy as Ghiraldini and De Marchi come on at hooker and prop. Scotland ball though and they're edging towards the Italian 22 with a penalty advantage in their pocket. Five metres out now.
46 Italy were looking good then as Masi hit the line at pace from an attack that saw them race over the halfway line. However, the Italian full-back was pinged for not releasing so Scotland can kick clear.
44 PENALTY, ITALY, DI BERNARDO! 23-23! A response soon after as Italy's fly-half strikes from distance.
42 PENALTY, SCOTLAND, LAIDLAW! 20-23! Good strike.
Second half Welcome back to the action at Loftus, with Scotland getting an early penalty for Barbieri going off his feet. A shot for Laidlaw to put his men back in front then from about 25 metres out on the angle.
40 Italy 20 - 20 Scotland
40 Denton takes the ball into contact but knocks on. That's the final act of the half as the referee blows his whistle to indicate half-time. As the scoreline suggests it's been an even contest. Both sides are desperate to avoid the wooden spoon in this tournament so we can expect a thrilling second half after the break.
40 PENALTY, ITALY, DI BERNARDO! 20-20. We're all square again as Di Bernardo lands a three-pointer from about 40 metres out. This after several Scottish forwards are pinned for being in front of a Laidlaw clearance kick.
37 PENALTY, SCOTLAND, LAIDLAW! 17-20. Laidlaw puts his side back in front after Sgarbi is penalised for straying offside at a ruck!
33 CONVERSION, ITALY, DI BERNARDO! 17-17. Di Bernardo draws his side level with the easy two-pointer!
32 TRY, ITALY, PENALTY TRY! 15-17. Italy are putting huge pressure on Scotland at scrums close to the Scots' try-line. There's been several penalty infringements by the Scots but on each occasion the Azzurri calls for a re-set scrum. After the third scrum, referee Leighton Hodges is forced to award the penalty try.
29 Sarto sets off on a run down the right-hand touchline and passes inside to Sgarbi, who knocks on with the try-line at his mercy!
27 Tim Swinson gathers a loose pass from Sergio Parisse and sets off on a run! He is eventually hauled in from behind and offloads to Johnnie Beattie, who knocks on.
24 Laidlaw relieves some pressure for his side with a box kick which goes into touch close to the halfway mark.
21 PENALTY, SCOTLAND, LAIDLAW! 10-17. Laidlaw pushes the Scots further in front after Robert Barbieri infringes at a ruck.
17 CONVERSION, SCOTLAND, LAIDLAW! 10-14. Laidlaw adds another two-pointer to extend his side's lead!
16 TRY, SCOTLAND, LAMONT! 10-12. Sean Lamont gets in for an easy try after Greig Laidlaw puts him in the clear, close to Italy's try-line! This after Laidlaw latches onto a fumble from Giovanbattista Venditti.
13 PENALTY, ITALY, DI BERNARDO! 10-7. Di Bernardo regains the lead for the Azzurri after Euan Murray is pinned for illegal scrummaging.
10 The Scottish forwards are pinned for collapsing a maul and Di Bernardo puts Italy on the attack with a kick which goes into touch inside the Scots' 22.
8 CONVERSION, SCOTLAND, LAIDLAW! 7-7. Tom Heathcote adds the extras to draw his side level!
7 TRY, SCOTLAND, SCOTT! 7-5. Matt Scott runs onto a pass from David Denton and sells the Italian defence an outrageous dummy before dotting odwn under the posts!
6 Tobias Botes tries to relieve pressure with a touch finder but his kick is a poor one which goes out on the edge of his 22.
3 CONVERSION, ITALY, DI BERNARDO! 7-0. Alberto Di Bernardo adds the extras to extend the Azzurri's lead!
2 TRY, ITALY, SARTO! 5-0. Leonardo Sarto gets in for the opening points after running onto a well-timed pass from Alberto Sgarbi!
Kick-off Alberto Di Bernardo gets the game underway! Scotland fail to control and Italy are immediately on the attack.
Anthems The teams line up for their respective anthems. First it's Italy's Il Canto degli Italiani and then Flower of Scotland.
Team news Scotland have made three changes to their starting team for this Test. In the backs Ruaridh Jackson has not recovered sufficiently from a shoulder injury, therefore Tom Heathcote will win his third cap at fly-half. In the pack Alastair Kellock wins his 55th cap in the second-row for Jim Hamilton, who has returned home for the birth of his second child, and David Denton replaces the injured Ryan Wilson in the back-row. There was some doubt over Johnnie Beattie but he passed a late fitness test for a thigh injury.
Team news Italy have made 10 changes to their starting line-up after last weekend's loss to Samoa. Coming into the run-on side is Leonard Sarto, Lucas Morisi, Alberto Sgarbi, Alberto Di Bernardo, Tobias Botes, Robert Barbieri, Joshua Furno, Leandro Cedaro, Davide Giazzon and Matias Aguero.
Welcome Hello and welcome to Loftus Versfeld for this quadrangular tournament match between Italy and Scotland. Don't go away! We'll return soon with team news.
|Friday 20th December|
|20:00||Sale Sharks vs London Irish|
|Saturday 21st December|
|15:00||Exeter vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Bath vs Harlequins|
|15:00||Wasps vs Northampton|
|15:00||Saracens vs Leicester|
|Friday 27th December|
|TBC||Newcastle vs Wasps|
|Saturday 28th December|
|15:00||Northampton vs Bath|
|15:00||Worcester vs Saracens|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Exeter|
|15:00||Leicester vs Sale Sharks|
|Friday 3rd January|
|19:45||Newcastle vs Sale Sharks|
|Saturday 4th January|
|15:00||London Irish vs Worcester|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Saracens|
|15:00||Leicester vs Bath|
|Sunday 5th January|
|15:00||Wasps vs Exeter|
|Friday 7th February|
|19:45||Worcester vs Leicester|
|20:00||Sale Sharks vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 8th February|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Wasps|
|15:00||Bath vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Exeter vs Northampton|
|Sunday 9th February|
|15:00||Saracens vs London Irish|
|Friday 14th February|
|20:00||Sale Sharks vs Saracens|
|Saturday 15th February|
|15:00||Wasps vs London Irish|
|15:00||Northampton vs Worcester|
|15:00||Leicester vs Gloucester|
|Sunday 1st December|
|Newcastle 9 - 35 Harlequins|
|Saturday 30th November|
|Bath 21 - 16 Exeter|
|Worcester 10 - 33 Northampton|
|London Irish 12 - 19 Wasps|
|Saracens 24 - 19 Sale Sharks|
|Friday 29th November|
|Gloucester 17 - 22 Leicester|
|Sunday 24th November|
|Wasps 5 - 28 Bath|
|Saturday 23rd November|
|Northampton 18 - 0 Newcastle|
|Harlequins 27 - 19 Gloucester|
|Exeter 9 - 16 Saracens|
|Leicester 20 - 11 London Irish|
|Friday 22nd November|
|Sale Sharks 26 - 10 Worcester|
|Sunday 3rd November|
|Saracens 40 - 3 Newcastle|
|London Irish 14 - 19 Northampton|
|Saturday 2nd November|
|Leicester 16 - 23 Harlequins|
|Gloucester 30 - 32 Wasps|
|Friday 1st November|
|Sale Sharks 16 - 18 Exeter|
|Worcester 6 - 21 Bath|
|Sunday 27th October|
|Newcastle 13 - 11 London Irish|
|Wasps 22 - 12 Leicester|
|Saturday 26th October|
|Northampton 41 - 20 Saracens|
|Exeter 40 - 6 Worcester|
|Harlequins 24 - 3 Sale Sharks|
|Friday 25th October|
|Bath 15 - 13 Gloucester|
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