- Six Nations
- 9 February 2013, 2:30pm
tries:Visser, Scott, Hogg, Lamont
80+1 mins:It's all over! The referee has blown his whistle to end the game.
80 mins:Geoff Cross (Scotland) is shown a yellow card.
80 mins:Richie Gray has made 10 good tackles so far this game.
76 mins:Sean Lamont has made 10 good tackles so far this game.
75 mins:Trouble here as Giovanbattista Venditti breaches the defence.
75 mins:Henry Pyrgos comes on.
75 mins:Greig Laidlaw comes off.
74 mins:Kristopher Burton adds the two points for Italy.
74 mins:This is dangerous for the defence as Alessandro Zanni bursts through to advance the Italy attack.
73 mins:Sergio Parisse played a key part in that try.
73 mins:A series of passes by Italy results in a try for Alessandro Zanni.
72 mins:Rob Harley has made 10 good tackles so far this game.
71 mins:Scotland decide to make a substitution, with Max Evans getting some game time.
71 mins:Scotland decide to make a substitution, with Stuart Hogg being replaced.
70 mins:Scotland make a substitution with Dave Denton coming on.
70 mins:Scotland make a substitution with Kelly Brown coming off.
70 mins:Scotland sub Geoff Cross comes onto the field.
70 mins:Euan Murray departs for Scotland.
69 mins:Greig Laidlaw does the business as his conversion attempt goes over.
68 mins:Italy have won 80 rucks so far this game.
68 mins:A gap opened in the defence and Sean Lamont took full advantage.
68 mins:A bit of individual brilliance by Sean Lamont leads to a try for Scotland.
67 mins:Paul Derbyshire comes on for Italy.
67 mins:Simone Favaro leaves the field.
66 mins:Alastair Kellock comes on.
66 mins:James Hamilton comes off.
63 mins:Lorenzo Cittadini comes on.
63 mins:Martin Castrogiovanni comes off.
61 mins:Scotland have won 40 rucks so far this game.
59 mins:Antonio Pavanello comes on.
59 mins:Quintin Geldenhuys comes off.
59 mins:Italy decide to make a substitution, with Davide Giazzon getting some game time.
59 mins:Italy decide to make a substitution, with Leonardo Ghiraldini being replaced.
59 mins:Italy make a substitution with Alberto De Marchi coming on.
59 mins:Italy make a substitution with Andrea Lo Cicero coming off.
59 mins:Scotland sub Moray Low comes onto the field.
59 mins:Ryan Grant departs for Scotland.
57 mins:Italy have won 60 rucks so far this game.
57 mins:Matthew Scott has made 10 good tackles so far this game.
53 mins:Euan Murray has made 10 good tackles so far this game.
48 mins:Greig Laidlaw makes no mistake with that conversion attempt.
47 mins:Edoardo Gori comes on for Italy.
47 mins:Tobie Botes leaves the field.
47 mins:Kristopher Burton comes on.
47 mins:Luciano Orquera comes off.
47 mins:The defensive line has been broken as Andrea Masi goes through the gap.
47 mins:Stuart Hogg intercepts the pass to race ahead and score the try for Scotland.
46 mins:What a run here by Stuart Hogg as he gets over the gainline!.
45 mins:Andrea Masi makes the break as the defence re-enacts the parting of the red sea.
45 mins:Kelly Brown has made 10 good tackles so far this game.
44 mins:Greig Laidlaw converts the try.
43 mins:Fabulous play by Scotland has led to Matthew Scott being able to wriggle through a gap.
43 mins:That's a great try assist by Sean Maitland.
42 mins:Great hands by Scotland leads to a try for Matthew Scott.
40 mins:The second half is underway.
40 mins:The half-time whistle blows and both teams? head for the dressing rooms.
39 mins:Luciano Orquera makes no mistake with that penalty goal attempt.
32 mins:Italy have won 40 rucks so far this game.
30 mins:Greig Laidlaw has kicked a conversion.
29 mins:Ruaridh Jackson sets up the try.
29 mins:Trouble here as Tim Visser breaches the defence.
28 mins:A stunning solo try from Tim Visser.
27 mins:What a tackle there by Tobie Botes as he saves a certain try!.
27 mins:This is dangerous for the defence as Matthew Scott bursts through to advance the Scotland attack.
24 mins:Greig Laidlaw kicks the penalty.
22 mins:Scotland have won 20 rucks so far this game.
15 mins:Greig Laidlaw has kicked a penalty goal.
13 mins:A gap opened in the defence and James Hamilton took full advantage.
12 mins:Italy have won 20 rucks so far this game.
6 mins:Luciano Orquera has hit the cross bar with his penalty goal attempt!.
1 mins:The defensive line has been broken as Ruaridh Jackson goes through the gap.
We are underway as the referee blows his whistle.
- Six Nations
- 9 February 2013, 2:30pm
tries:Visser, Scott, Hogg, Lamont
Stuart Hogg's 90-metre sprint was the highlight for Scotland as they kick-started their 6 Nations campaign with a 34-10 home win over Italy.
Hogg's solo counter-attack followed Tim Visser's fifth try in seven internationals and Matt Scott's first as Scotland bounced back in style from their opening defeat by England.
Sean Lamont claimed another breakaway and Greig Laidlaw produced a perfect kicking display before Alessandro Zanni got a late consolation try.
The players who performed poorly in London emphatically made amends as Scotland took control of the game from the start and kept Italy out of their 22 for virtually the whole first half.
Scotland had the game wrapped up with two more tries within six minutes of the restart and produced a strong defensive display to keep out Italy for most of the second half despite the visitors dominating possession.
Scotland interim head coach Scott Johnson had only made two changes from the team that lost 38-18 at Twickenham, both of them enforced with hooker Ross Ford and flanker Robert Harley, making his first Scotland start, replacing the injured Dougie Hall and Alasdair Strokosch.
Italy came to Edinburgh on a high following victory over France and were looking for their fifth victory in seven Six Nations encounters with the Scots.
Last weekend's results had made Scotland odds-on favourites for a second consecutive wooden spoon but the hosts almost got off the mark inside two minutes when Laidlaw's measured kick initially fell perfectly into the path of Visser on the right wing. But the ball took an awkward bounce two metres from the line and drifted out of play as the Dutchman looked set to cross.
Luciano Orquera hit the post with a 38-metre penalty for Italy and Scotland stood up well to some pressure before the stand-off handed the hosts the chance to attack when he miscontrolled Hogg's kick.
Richie Gray spearheaded Scotland's resulting foray forward but some suspect handling gradually pushed the Scots back. However, hooker Leonardo Ghiraldini was penalised for an earlier infringement and Laidlaw kicked the opening points from about 30 metres.
Scotland were soon back in the Italian 22 but Ruaridh Jackson's crossfield kick failed to come off. However, South African referee Jaco Peyper pulled the Italians up for collapsing the maul seconds beforehand and Laidlaw kicked right in the middle of the posts from near the touchline to make it 6-0.
Scotland kept the pressure on and winger Giovanbattista Venditti gifted them a chance when he took a fresh-air kick. Ryan Grant picked up the ball and fed Scott to run down the left wing but scrum-half Tobias Botes produced a superb saving tackle from behind.
Italy could not get the ball far away though and Visser grabbed the first try in the 30th minute.
Jackson opened up the Italian defence following a scrum by feigning a pass on the left wing before feeding Visser, who cut inside one opponent and brushed off another before crossing.
Laidlaw converted and Scotland continued to keep the visitors out of their 22, but a scrum offence allowed Orquera to kick a penalty from almost 40 metres in the final minute of the half.
Scotland took just three minutes of the second half to wipe out that late blow. They switched play quickly following a lineout and Sean Maitland produced some penetrating play before releasing Scott, who ran clear from 30 metres out.
Laidlaw converted another tricky kick and Scotland went further ahead three minutes later when Hogg turned defence into attack in devastating fashion.
Andrea Masi broke into the Scotland 22 on the left flank and fed the ball inside to Orquera, who looked set to release Tommaso Benvenuti about 10 metres out.
But Hogg intercepted brilliantly and then sidestepped a challenge before sprinting forward. The full-back looked behind him as he crossed the halfway line and realised he was not going to be caught, and kept sprinting before throwing himself over the line for his third Scotland try in 12 appearances.
Laidlaw continued his excellent kicking display to make it 27-3 and some disciplined Scottish scrummaging repelled some Italian pressure before the hour.
Scott thought he had his second try on 65 minutes when he crossed in the corner following some patient build-up play but Maitland was adjudged to have given him a forward pass.
But Scotland had to wait just four minutes for their fourth following another breakaway.
Lamont won possession on the halfway line when he kicked the ball away from an opponent and ran clear to cross between the posts with Laidlaw completing the inevitable conversion.
Italy added some respectability to the scoreline in the 74th minute when they finally took advantage of a scrum, Sergio Parisse's reverse pass allowing Alessandro Zanni to cross.
Orquera's kick ensured Italy got into double figures but Scotland finished the game on the attack despite seeing replacement Geoff Cross yellow-carded in stoppage-time.