Reaction: Key names have their say as Scotland edge past spirited Italy in Six Nations

Italy were unlucky to extend their losing record in the Six Nations as a late Greig Laidlaw penalty sealed victory for Scotland, and a number of rugby pundits were unimpressed by the winners.

The Azzuri put in their best performance of the tournament and will take plenty of positives from the match moving forward, especially the performance of formmer Scotland under-20 fly-half Tommaso Allan.

Former Scotland international Sir Ian McGeechan wasn’t impressed by the Scots performance.

McGeechan said: “The Italians played the better rugby for 60 minutes. They just ran out of steam towards the end. It was a very average performance from the Scots.”

Jim Hamilton believes he knows what let the Italians down as “they shot themselves in the foot.

“The discipline let them down. The nine and ten management in the last ten minutes let them down.”

2009 British and Irish Lion Ugo Monye feels that the Italians performance today should close any debate over relegation from the Six Nations.

“If you ask me why why Italy should stay in the tournament they showed it today.”

Monye also added that despite Scotland winning their third match of the tournament “they’ll be disappointed. They did show good character to come back but it shouldn’t have come down to the final 20.”

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