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Italy Fall To A Narrow, Devastating Defeat To Scotland In Rome

Italy have finished their Six Nations campaign with no victories after falling to a narrow 27-29 defeat to Scotland in Rome.

Scotland got off to a good start as they drew first blood when Fraser Brown went over for a try after 10 minutes.

However, the Italians showed great resolve and responded with tries from Tomasso Allan and Matteo Minozzi. The Scots did hit back with their second try when John Barclay touched down after 25 minutes.

Allan added a first-half penalty to give Italy a 17-12 at halftime.

The Italians had a try chalked off early in the second half for a forward pass but they weren’t to be denied just minutes later as the excellent Allan sprinted home after breaking free from the Scottish defence. This gave the home side a 24-12 with about 30 minutes remaining in the game.

Scotland brought it back to a one-score game when Sean Maitland went over in the corner after the visitors had a huge overlap. Stuart Hogg showed a great burst of pace to get Scotland’s fourth try with less than 10 minutes remaining, Greig Laidlaw’s conversion gave the visitors a two-point lead.

Allan nudged Italy back in front with a penalty but Laidlaw broke Italian hearts as he landed his own and Scotland held on for a two-point win.

Author: Sean McMahon

Sean is Deputy Editor and head rugby writer. You can contact him by email seanmc@punditarena.com or on Twitter