Heartbreak for the Italians as they just fall short against Scotland, losing 29-27 at Stadio Olympico. Italy had led for the majority of the game but a late surge from Scotland steals victory from Conor O’Shea’s side.
It was frantic start to the game, Italy came out fighting, looking for their first Six Nations victory in 16 games Italy carried hard at the Scotland defence to pick up an early penalty which Tomasso Allan put away to give them the lead.
Scotland hit straight back when Hamish Watson flung a looping pass to the wide open Fraser Brown to get the opening try of the game.
Keeping up the quick start, Italy hit back with a score of their own. Tomasso Allan scored with a great dummy and step inside of Huw Jones to restore an Italy lead.
The Italians extended their lead shortly after. Marco Minozzi collecting a delicate grubber through from Tomasso Allan, who had a brilliant start to the game, to put the score at 17-5.
Scotland cut the gap back to five with a strong line out drive which saw John Barclay put the ball over the line, making the score at half time 17-12.
Making his debut, Jake Polledri had a huge impact in his first game for the Azzuri creating a try for Tommy Allan by breaking the tackle of John Barclay to feed Allan to score.
Scotland cut the gap to five though, when Sean Maitland crossed following a driving Scotland maul.
With 10 minutes left in the game Scotland put themselves back into the driving seat, Stuart Hogg finished off a Scottish attack which overstretched the Italians, which Hogg took to his advantage to score and a two point lead.
The game’s you score, we score, pattern continued into the dying minutes when Tomasso Allan once again slotted a penalty from 40 metres, giving his side a points lead.
It was heartbreak for the Italians as Greig Laidlaw’s penalty with a minute to go to crept between the posts to win it for Scotland.
Man of the Match : Tomasso Allan