Scotland condemned Italy to their third straight defeat of this year’s Six Nations with a 26-6 win at Murrayfield.
Italy will surly finish at the base of the Six Nations log after the result and there must now be some question marks over the future of head coach Nick Mallett.
The visitors lacked any real creativity and copious amounts of unforced errors just compounded the situation.
Chris Paterson was called into duty early on when Phil Godman left the field with a blood injury and the replacement flyhalf gave his side a 6-0 lead with two early penalties. Italy skipper Sergio Parisse then demonstrated his kicking skills when he slotted a 21 minute drop goal.
Scotland edged further ahead with a penalty after Mauro Bergamasco was deemed to have deliberately knocked on in front of his posts and Godman who, by this time was back on the field, made no mistake.
Winger Simon Danielli rounded off a neat move from a quick lineout for the opening try of the game with five minutes left in the half.
The visitors made a bright start to the second half but poor decision making ruined some good work done by with wing Matteo Pratichetti and Parisse.
Italy pulled three points back with penalty from Luke McLean, but opted to turn down two more shots at goal and were made to pay minutes later when Thom Evans collected a pass from Danielli and sprinted clear, feeding replacement flanker Scott Gray for the second try.
Paterson added the conversion and slotted yet another penalty just five minutes later to make it 26-6 and that’s the way it stayed until the final whistle.