Random great tries from 2008


Henry Tuilagi swats Zee Ngwenya away


The old ball in the jersey trick


Rodney Ah You smashes Alistair Hargeaves


Ref Romain Poite in front of the kicker


Sebastien Chabal knocks out Marc Giraud


Brian O'Driscoll brilliance against NZ


Brendon Leonard's brutal headclash


Malakai Fekitoa smashes Conrad Smith

Monday, August 22, 2011

Scotland see off Italy in final warm-up match at Murrayfield

Scotland see off Italy in final warm-up match at Murrayfield

Scotland are in good spirits following their 23-12 win over a strong Italy team at Murrayfield on Saturday. Scotland scored two tries, but it was Italy that scored the try of the match. You can see all the tries in the video below.

Scotland fielded a side that wasn't at full strength, so will be encouraged by the win, and particularly the form of flyhalf Dan Parks. They still have some way to go though to reach their best before their first match of the Rugby World Cup on September 10th, again Romania.

Coach Andy Robinson still felt they could have played better however, saying that he was frustrated that they didn't score more points with the possession and chances they had.

"That's the mentality, the skill level, the decision-making we've got to be able to find. We are working hard to create opportunities -- it's now about really nailing them," he said.

Italy produced a lovely try that included two neat inside flicks and a very good finish from flying winger Tommaso Benvenuti, but there was a sad moment late in the game as big Nikki Walker injured his knee in contact, so won't be on the plane to New Zealand with the rest of the squad.


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Posted at 5:19 pm | 34 comments

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Anonymous August 22, 2011 5:55 pm

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Anonymous August 22, 2011 6:08 pm

That strike by Bergamasco... wow

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Anonymous August 22, 2011 6:36 pm

Worst commentator ever !

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Anonymous August 22, 2011 6:39 pm

Scotland played well in the first half then they just went to sleep again. Im getting worried that scotland still cant seem to score lots of tries in games plus their play is one dimensional (scrum half gives to the forwards then someone drops the ball right at the end). However, i always keep confident that my country will do well in the world cup and will be more adventurous in the future. We have fantastic players but all i want is to see them bloody score.

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F Matias August 22, 2011 6:46 pm

Italy s first try was brilliant!

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Anonymous August 22, 2011 6:46 pm

atleast there playing more adventerous rugby than england...

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Anonymous August 22, 2011 6:58 pm

big loss with nikki walker!

Nice scoring game....not quite the SA vs NZ try-fest but it will do I suppose...

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Anonymous August 22, 2011 7:07 pm

I'm not sure about it but is the first scottish try actually legal? What is the rule when a player go to the floor? Can he stand up with the ball afterwards?

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Anonymous August 22, 2011 7:43 pm

i didn't watch the game but from the highlights it looks as if scotland moved the ball down the line much quicker which is great to see

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Anonymous August 22, 2011 7:44 pm

Thank God New Zealand and Australia play rugby. Italy, Scotland and South Africa are the most boring rugby nations in the world. Worse than the "90% of the time out of form" Irish too.

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Anonymous August 22, 2011 7:46 pm

Thanks for the highlights!

Liked Italys play - the worlds worst commentator barely acknowledged their try and then bigged up Scotland.

I'm neutral in this one but seriously a little credit for the improving Italians

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Anonymous August 22, 2011 7:50 pm

He is allowed to rise as long as he has momentum i believe

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Anonymous August 22, 2011 7:51 pm

Gotta say i think the scottish commentators are the best. Informed, unbiased to a degree and great voices for it

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Anonymous August 22, 2011 9:15 pm

What an awesome try by the Italians, can it be that the Italian backline is finally getting creative?! At this rate Ireland v Italy in the Cup is looking to be a cracker!

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Anonymous August 22, 2011 9:25 pm

First Italian try is as good as you'll see but the defense looked completely lethargic in attempting to deal with it!

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Guy August 22, 2011 9:54 pm

If he's not held he can get up immediately I believe.

Perhaps the highlights tell half the story but that didn't look half bad by the Italians. First try was a beauty!

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Anonymous August 22, 2011 10:25 pm

"Thank God New Zealand and Australia play rugby. Italy, Scotland and South Africa are the most boring rugby nations in the world. Worse than the "90% of the time out of form" Irish too."

Yeh I totally agree!!!! That try fest NZ produced against South Africa this weekend was a beauty and a fine example of great exciting rugby!

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Anonymous August 22, 2011 11:43 pm

"Yeh I totally agree!!!! That try fest NZ produced against South Africa this weekend was a beauty and a fine example of great exciting rugby!"

2nd string buddy and it was still a more entertaining match. not to mention we were playing against SA who make every game they're involved in boring as fuck.

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Marco August 23, 2011 12:46 am

Italy's tries were very good... too bad they are getting rid of Mallet after the RWC... he had placed inspiration into the young players and the Italian player are getting better.

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Anonymous August 23, 2011 2:46 am

looks like it was the charge down try that crucially took the game out of Italian hands. good to see both Scotland and Italy improving...

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Anonymous August 23, 2011 8:00 am

fuaaaarrk!! how boring does the commentator want to be. the 1st Italian try was amazing

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Anonymous August 23, 2011 10:14 am

"the worlds worst commentator barely acknowledged their try and then bigged up Scotland."

Actually the worlds worst commentator is either the monotone south africans, the see nothing but gold australians, or stuart barnes...

"2nd string buddy and it was still a more entertaining match. not to mention we were playing against SA who make every game they're involved in boring as fuck."

LMFAO you pathetic bunch of losers!
Shows how pathetic your depth is if you're missing DC and RMc and its all of a sudden a "second string side"

Wow and I though England were bad when they rested all their hope on JW but you guys, now that is just pathetic!

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Anonymous August 23, 2011 10:29 am

Hmm looks like England have saved themselves by picking mostly forwards. Looks like its going to be "forwards-> Fly half *drop goal*"

Although they did screw themselves when they picked that tool Hape, and didn't pick that tool Flutey...

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Savage August 23, 2011 10:33 am

Cracking 1st try from italy!

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Anonymous August 23, 2011 10:57 am

"2nd string buddy and it was still a more entertaining match. not to mention we were playing against SA who make every game they're involved in boring as fuck."

Ah yes thats right anybody who doesn't play into the hands of the all blacks is boring!!! I suppose you want us to pass it to you and let you run with it!

Tactically the boks where smarter than you and beat you deal with it

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Savage August 23, 2011 11:03 am

^^^^

agreed that italian try was better than anything in the last few trinations games!

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Anonymous August 23, 2011 12:31 pm

I'm not sure what England have to do with this match. Oh wait that's right nothing. New Zealand? nope nothing. South Africa? again not a thing. Tired of the bitching going on, not sure it's even banter any more.

Italy are looking better and it's great to see them running the ball with support.
Scotland aren't pulling tries out continuously but are scoring more a match than they used to which was 1 or even none.

Glad to see these two teams stepping up their game.

John the Englishman

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C-mon84 August 23, 2011 1:08 pm

^^
To John above, I totally agree.
The NH vs SH bitching is getting very old, very fast. Especially for neutral fans and even more so if it happens off topic.

Really enjoyed this game btw, hope Italy and Scotland can cause an upset!

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nobby August 23, 2011 2:21 pm

C-mon84: "The NH vs SH bitching is getting very old, very fast. Especially for neutral fans"

Neutral fans? The Equadorians maybe?

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Anonymous August 23, 2011 2:27 pm

perhaps nobby, or maybe just guys that enjoy rugby and couldn't really give a fuck who is playing or what hemisphere they are from!

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stefan August 23, 2011 11:51 pm

I really enjoyed those highlights. Both teams came out of the 6 nations with heads held high, and with signs of future promise. Really good to see both now have the confidence to play ambitious running rugby (if only in spells)!

Would definitely make the tournament interesting if these two can cause a few upsets.

And I know it won't stop and we call it banter, but if we didn't have different countries playing different styles of rugby it wouldn't be the sport we love!

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Anonymous August 24, 2011 12:48 am

its noce seeing a nh team playing with some creativity. That first scotish try was scored playing the same style of rugby that nz and aus play.. albeit, a tad more sloppy.. but still, very promising

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Anonymous August 28, 2011 9:19 am

Italy scored 4 tries in this match! ^_^'
Vai Mozza!!!

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