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Monday, March 02, 2009

Scotland beat Italy at Murrayfield

Scotland beat Italy in a convincing manner at Murrayfield this past weekend to record their first win of this years the Nations championship. Simon Danielli scored an excellent try, helping the hosts to a 26-6 win.

"It feels great at Murrayfield, getting the win," Danielli, scorer of Scotland's first try, said. "I thought we really deserved it. The forwards were really good today; they gave the backs some space."

Both sides went into the showdown having lost their opening two fixtures, but though Italy had beaten Scotland in the previous two tournaments, they made too many handling errors to seriously threaten a third consecutive win.

Chris Paterson kicked Scotland into an early 6-0 lead with two penalties and though Italy fought back, with a drop goal from Sergio Parisse, Phil Godman then kicked a penalty to make it 9-3 to Scotland.

The home side made a break through on 34 minutes when Danielli tore down the right flank for the first try of the afternoon. Godman converted and Italy's Andrea Marcato then missed with a penalty from near the halfway line, making it 16-3 at halftime.

Italy squandered chances through poor handling and wayward discipline, repeatedly dropping the ball in scoring positions.

Luke McLean cut Scotland's lead to 16-6 with a 55th minute penalty, but Scott Gray then dived over in the 60th minute and Paterson converted to make it 23-5.

Paterson then kicked a 68th minute penalty to complete the scoring, leaving Italy rock bottom of the table.

Time: 04:09



    Disagree????reply then

    By Anonymous jacobo, at March 02, 2009 4:57 pm  

  • Parisse what a player always showing his skills

    By Anonymous Lalo, at March 02, 2009 5:06 pm  

  • I've been saying since the begining of the tournament "Ireland will beat France, France will beat Wales, and Wales will beat Ireland"
    By the way, England 4th and Scotland 5th, I really hate Martin Johnson

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 02, 2009 5:16 pm  

  • I can't remember when, probably about two years ago, the following happened:

    France beat Italy, who beat Scotland, who beat Wales, who beat England, who beat France...

    By Anonymous Hamish M, at March 02, 2009 5:24 pm  

  • jacobo, i would have to disagree with that, heres my contention:

    1 Ireland
    2 Wales
    3 France
    4 England
    5 Scotland
    6 Italy (Wooden Spoon)

    I think England will beat scotland at twickenham, and even though wales lost to france, I believe they will beat italy and Ireland (although Ireland will still be top of the ladder in my opinion)

    By Anonymous Chris, at March 02, 2009 5:41 pm  

  • The pass for Danielli (first try) was a forward one...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 02, 2009 5:42 pm  

  • Man, that Danielli guy has a mullet straight out of "Heavy Metal Parking Lot".

    1) Wales
    2) Ireland
    3) France
    4) Scotland (over England.. that's my wild card)
    5) England
    6) Italy

    ** all three will end up with one loss and TB will go to points differential. WAL and FRA will rack up PD against ITA.

    Wales need a big win over ITA next round (+23 plus whatever IRE beats SCO by), or a big win vs IRE (less likely).

    France won't have the math to catch up. They generally are unable to put Italy away with big scores -- they get bogged down in the fwds game and the physical crap instead of spreading wide and carving up the useless ITA backs.

    By Anonymous cheyanqui, at March 02, 2009 6:45 pm  

  • 2:14 looks forward.. but off course if i were the ref i wouldn't have called it.. a lot harder call at real time

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 02, 2009 8:34 pm  

  • Italy deserved a try. Actually no wait - Parisse deserved a try. The drop goal was almost as if he was trying to prove a point. Why he wasn't voted man of the match I don't know. Overall he played considerably better than Danielli who got it just because he scored a try.

    As the commentator put it; "Parisse is Italy'"

    A truly outstanding player, he deserves so much better.

    By Anonymous samitarugby, at March 02, 2009 9:10 pm  

  • Samitarugby,

    Parisse definitely deserves some kind of better oppty.

    Maybe somewhere down the line, they develop a "Latino Leones" team of some sort, picking the best Romance language country players --
    from the NH -- FRA, ITA, ESP, POR, ROM
    Maybe the SH too ARG, URU.

    They could tour off the following year, playing the other SANZAR nation.

    By Anonymous cheyanqui, at March 02, 2009 10:03 pm  

  • Well pleased with a win and 2 excellent tries. Think 1 or bothli Evans boys have an outside chance for a lions place. Still not a fan of Danielli's took his try well but still one of the slowest wingers in 6 nations. Anyway they could cause Ireland a bit of trouble and will certainly beat the 13 man english team!!

    By Anonymous roddymac, at March 02, 2009 10:55 pm  

  • Cheyanqui,

    this "Latino Lions" is a good idea that i thought about before, but i guess i would just pick french, italian and argentinian players, AND THAT'S ALL!
    man, spanish or portuguese rugby is a joke! just played by a bunch of amateurs!

    and a british vs latins lions would be awesome!!!!

    written by : le clairvoyant

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 02, 2009 11:05 pm  

  • le clairvoyant

    I agree that ESP, POR aren't there. But in the case of ROM, there are quite a few good players in the French leagues, incl. Top 14.

    My goal was to make a team base that was inclusive, not exclusive.

    That being said, I don't think there should be a quota that forces them to pick "at least one" from a poor country -- if they're not good, they're not good. Scotland on past Lions tours comes to mind.

    I think ROM has some fine players, that could come into the mix. Problem is that they are in the forward pack and would be competing with Argies, Italians, and Arg 2nd XVs that became Italian citizens.

    On a side note, didn't Vasco Uva of Portugal say at RWC 2007 that he was the best #8 in the world?

    By Anonymous cheyanqui, at March 02, 2009 11:29 pm  

  • England are 8th in the world - wow

    good win scotland

    By Anonymous jamestheconvict, at March 03, 2009 2:53 am  

  • Cheyanqui 'scotland on last lions tours come too mind'. Do you know your lions history, obviously not! Are you forgetting legends such as the late Gordon Brown,Ian McGlauchlin,Ian McGeechan,Andy Irvine,Gavin and Scott Hastings,Finlay Calder,Gregor Townsend and probably the best player on the '97 SA tour Tom Smith. Get a grip mate, ive noticed quite a lot of your comments are bollocks and nice too see you keeping up the good work.

    By Anonymous roddymac, at March 03, 2009 3:36 am  

  • Latino tour???? What a load of crap?? Just because their languages have latin roots??
    The UK is a real entity and unifying them into a team makes sense. Plus it happens that their teams have similar levels, Scoltand being a bit worse but still ok.
    Dude, go tell a frenchman he's a Latino you'll end up hung in the middle of the Bastille !

    By Anonymous tehsniper, at March 03, 2009 7:55 am  

  • mor me our team is really depressed,they became big stars in italy so they maybe think they're good...they're wrong!
    many players have problems in their clubs (bortolami) or suffered injuries (castrogiovanni,ghiraldini).
    We does'nt have many players to pick,so if ongaro is out our sobstitute is embarassing.

    after all good game from the usuals:ghiraldini,parisse,bergamasco bros,zanni and the 2 novices in the backs.

    This year we will win the wooden spoon surely,but I think that the next year with the 2 provinces and probably a new rugby manager we can improve our game.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 03, 2009 4:05 pm  

  • Strange but couldnt halp notice that jamestheconvict never posted anything for the Wales victory over Australia....wonder why???

    Please help people, its really wrecking my head!!

    By Blogger Kenny, at March 03, 2009 5:09 pm  

  • Oh yeah!!! its cause Australia were crap in the game and got hammered so he had nothing to brag about!!!!

    By Blogger Kenny, at March 03, 2009 5:12 pm  

  • hey kenny - what was the score ?

    hammered ?? I think not

    also didnt drop to 8th in world rankings due to it !!

    By Anonymous jamestheconvict, at March 03, 2009 10:46 pm  

  • Yeah james, you can tell that one hurt him. Here james keep your rankings mate, hope those 4 points keep you snug in bed at night! lol

    The score flattered Aus who had 2 line breaks all game.

    You seem to be missing for comment on all of Australias looses to wales and in the tri nations,
    Anychance you could just go away for good?? (only messing btw lol!!)

    By Blogger Kenny, at March 04, 2009 10:51 am  

  • na danielli is deffo one of the slowest wingers in the NH but he is very hard to stop once he gets momentum up. the evans brothers are AMAZING!! haha scotland will lose their next 2 games tho.

    By Anonymous woopdedoop, at March 04, 2009 6:42 pm  

  • Kenny - do you remember the score ?

    think you will find it was pretty close !!

    not really a hammering

    By Anonymous jamestheconvict, at March 04, 2009 11:58 pm  

  • OK James, but as you said before a win is a win so get over it man, simply made a point 2 days ago and your still going on about it....Who are you trying to convince here?? me or yourself!!

    Like I said I defo a sore spot obviously with that one, lol Relax man!!! its only a game

    By Blogger Kenny, at March 05, 2009 10:21 am  

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