Awesome Italy smash Scots
24 Feb 2007
Italy claimed their first away victory in Six Nations history by beating Scotland 37-17 at Murrayfield.
Incredibly, the visitors were ahead 21-0 after just seven minutes of the match.
From the restart, openside flank Mauro Bergamasco charged down flyhalf Phil Goodman’s attempted chip kick to score under the posts.
Two minutes later, scrumhalf Chris Cusiter gifted a short pass to flyhalf Andrea Scanavacca who made it 14-0. And as the crowd began to boo, the shell-shocked No 9 threw another interception pass, this time to grateful winger Kaine Robertson.
To their credit, the Scots clawed their way back through a Rob Dewey try and Chris Paterson penalty to trail 24-10 at the break.
Paterson made it a seven-point ball game on the hour mark when he burst through a gap on the blindside and ran 40m to score.
However, Italy quickly reapplied the pressure through a series of 5m scrums. Eventually, the Scottish pack went down illegally and Scanavacca’s penalty made it 27-17.
The flyhalf kicked another three-pointer, before scrumhalf Alexander Troncon was driven over to cap off an historic afternoon for Italian rugby.
Scotland – Tries: Rob Dewey, Chris Paterson. Conversions: Chris Paterson (2). Penalty: Paterson.
Italy – Tries: Mauro Bergamasco, Andrea Scanavacca, Kaine Robertson, Alexander Troncon. Conversions: Andrea Scanavacca (4). Penalties: Scanavacca (3).