Italy brought back down to earth

Scotland scored four tries, two of them intercepts, to beat Italy 34-10 at Murrayfield.

The Italians shocked the French in Rome last week but again couldn’t produce back to back performances in the Six Nations.

Two penalties from scrumhalf Greig Laidlaw gave Scotland a 6-0 lead after 25 minutes, and when Dutch-born winger Tim Visser stepped in and jinked past two defenders to score on the half-hour mark they were in firm control.

Scotland scored again four minutes after the break when kilted Kiwi Sean Maitland drew in the defenders and created space in midfield for Matt Scott.

Then came two interception tries, from fullback Stuart Hogg and winger Sean Lamont, that knocked the stuffing out of Italy and gave the capacity crowd more to cheer about.

The visitors did, however, manage to score a consolation try through loose forward Alessandro Zanni.