Tries: Cherry 2, Van der Merwe 2, Graham, Jones, Steele, Johnson Con: Hogg 6
Italy: (10) 10
Attempt: Bigi Con: Garbisi Pen: Garbisi
Scotland ran in eight tries as they dispatched a limp Italy at Murrayfield and returned to successful methods within the Six Nations.
Hooker Dave Cherry and wing Duhan van der Merwe each scored twice, with Darcy Graham and Huw Jones operating in first-half scores.
Scott Steele and Sam Johnson additionally scored as Italy’s indiscipline introduced two yellow playing cards after the break.
Scotland may nonetheless salvage second place from their Six Nations marketing campaign.
Nevertheless, it will require a bonus level within the rearranged journey to France – a far more durable task – and different outcomes to go their manner.
A number of of coach Gregor Townsend’s rejigged line-up took the chance to shine.
Centre Jones – making his first begin in additional than a yr – appeared sharp, whereas Cherry – most well-liked to George Turner – was exact at a line-out that misfired in defeat by Eire.
No matter positives, nonetheless, include the caveat that they got here towards an Italy facet who have been vastly over-matched for the fifth spherical in succession.
Hogg given armchair journey
Essentially the most eye-catching Scotland choice was captain Stuart Hogg taking over beginning fly-half duties for the primary time in 84 Checks.
With the injured Finn Russell working as a waterboy, Hogg pulled the strings in an understated manner within the 54 minutes earlier than substitute Jaco van der Walt took over stand-off duties.
In fact, Hogg didn’t need to do a lot to unlock Italy’s defence. He merely shipped on the feast of quick, front-foot ball and let Jones and Johnson carve into area.
Van der Merwe’s spectacular season continued with one other bustling efficiency, whereas Hamish Watson, one other British and Irish Lions contender, confirmed physicality and deft arms in an all-court efficiency.
Hogg’s through-the-legs move that very almost put Van der Merwe into the nook summed up Scotland’s spirit as sport meandered to a end, lengthy over as a contest, within the second half.
The one factor left by the top was the document books as Scotland piled on to say their greatest successful margin in Six Nations historical past.
Italy’s everlasting wait goes on
It began properly for Italy. The pack received a penalty on the first scrum. Fly-half Paolo Garbisi offered a platform with a daring touch-finder. Captain Luca Bigi bullocked over for the primary strive after 5 minutes.
Seven of Italy’s 12 Six Nations wins since 2000 have come towards Scotland, together with their most up-to-date again in 2015.
Nevertheless, since then they’ve recorded 31 straight defeats within the match. Any hopes the guests had of ending that depressing run disintegrated as poor particular person defence and repeated indiscipline undermined occasional promising passages of play.
Too sluggish to advance in defence. Too inaccurate within the deal with. Scotland’s backline made yards simply even earlier than Federico Mori was proven yellow for a late shoulder shot on Johnson halfway via the primary half.
Italy’s Sebastian Negri and Monty Ioane each adopted him to the sin bin within the second half and again row Michele Lamaro was lucky that his shoulder to the pinnacle of Jamie Ritchie was judged to be a penalty when others have seen crimson for related.
This marketing campaign has been a chastening christening for Italy’s promising era. They’ve conceded extra tries (34) and extra factors (239), and registered the worst factors distinction (-184), than in 21 earlier Six Nations tournaments.
Time, and absolutely many extra defeats, will show whether or not the likes of Garbisi, Lamaro and scrum-half Stephen Varney can restore the group to competitiveness at this stage.