ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
REGISTER
LOGIN
ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
Saturday Feb 2, 2019

Blair Kinghorn hat-trick helps Scotland secure bonus-point win over Italy

Blair Kinghorn scored a hat-trick of tries as Scotland opened their 6 Nations campaign with an unconvincing 33-20 victory over Italy at BT Murrayfield. The home side secured the bonus-point but might be left to rue a shambolic final 10 minutes where they conceded three quick-fire tries to Conor O’Shea’s side.

ADVERTISEMENT

Starved of much possession in the first quarter of the match, the Scots were left frustrated that they were only 12-3 ahead courtesy of Kinghorn’s opening brace. Twice they found themselves in try-scoring positions, but a double movement from second-row Grant Gilchrist and a needless penalty short of the line prevented a bonus-point before half-time.

Kinghorn did manage to touch down twice in the same area of the pitch, his first coming from a pin-point accurate cross-field kick from fly-half Finn Russell. The tall winger took the ball on the run and was unopposed towards the line.

His second was finished off after a sublime set-piece wrap-around from Russell, who combined with debutant Sam Johnson before feeding Stuart Hogg coming into the line. Kinghorn picked up the ball at his heels and scampered over.

Scotland dominated the possession stats for much of the second period and got their third try through Hogg following a delicate chip ahead from Russell five metres out. Kinghorn then completed his hat-trick by grabbing the bonus-point after a piercing line-break from flanker Jamie Ritchie.

Captain Greig Laidlaw landed three conversions while Russell slotted one extra. By this point, Scotland were in cruise control, 33-3 to the good.

Perhaps too much cruising for head Coach Gregor Townsend’s side. Having lost Simon Berghan to a yellow card, Scotland seemingly took their foot off the gas and slipped off tackles with alarming frequency. The home side were in all sorts of bother in the final stages.

ADVERTISEMENT

Scrum-half Guglielmo Palazzani dived over for what seemed the Italians sole consolation try before Angelo Esposito then sprinted over the line after a simple two-on-one draw.

Edoardo Padavani then finished off the match with another simple score under the posts, much to the chagrin of the packed home crowd.

While it took Italy 70 minutes to start playing to their full potential, Scotland were largely comfortable throughout but will need to rectify the severe defensive frailties.

ADVERTISEMENT

Related Articles

  • 19 WEEKS AGO

    Ali Price Knocks Online Critics

  • 39 WEEKS AGO

    “Not a complete player” Rob Kearny and...

  • 42 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Was Scotland’s penalty try the correct...



ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 10 WEEKS AGO

    Carlos Spencer Proves Why He Is Rugby's Greatest Ever Magician

  • 15 WEEKS AGO

    Jero De La Fuente pulls Hamstring and uses it to score incredible try

  • 15 WEEKS AGO

    Waisale Serevi: The greatest sevens player ever

  • 15 WEEKS AGO

    David Campese: The Aussie all time great

  • 16 WEEKS AGO

    The man who once raced a Cheetah: Bryan Habana

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 20 HOURS AGO

    England Hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie Once Again Gets Called Out For Tackle Technique

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Faf de Klerk Pushes All The Right Buttons To Wind Jonny Hill Up

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Two Of World Rugby’s Best Set To Go Head-To-Head

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    Los Pumas Backrow Marcos Kremer Handed Mid-Range Ban Follow Red In Scotland Match

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Former Scottish Coach Under Fire For Controversial HIA Comments

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Finn Russell Sets Up Worldie Try As Scotland Flex Their Muscles Against 14-Man Argentina

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Kyle Sinckler pushes insane amount on the leg press

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Harry Potter misfires comeback spell as Bath defeat Leicester

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Lions Star Jordan Hendrikse Smashes 70m Penalty Kick

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    Watch Adam Hastings hit 50m+ match winning drop goal in extraordinary scenes

View All

Funnies

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    Brutal Story Reveals How Tough Eddie Jones Is On His Staff

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Stuart Hogg Scares The Pants Off Duhan van der Merwe

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    One Year On From Freddie Steward's Brilliant Post Springbok Match Interview

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    World Class Sledging During Scotland vs Argentina Match Picked Up On Ref Mic

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Watch Joe Marler score a drop goal and a terrific try in Harlequins Vs Barbarians match

View All

Amateur

  • 17 WEEKS AGO

    Dubious Score Decides Result Of Rugby's Biggest Schools Fixture

  • 17 WEEKS AGO

    Incredible Scenes At School Boys Rugby Match

  • 18 WEEKS AGO

    The Next Dominant Backrow?

  • 18 WEEKS AGO

    Hilarious Club House Antics Shows Rugby Spirit

  • 23 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: South African Schools Rugby Is On Fire

View All

Player Features

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Cipriani set to start in last Barbarians test of the year

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    Finn Russell very close to joining west-country Premiership outfit

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    South Africa name side without Cheslin Kolbe and other stars ahead of England match

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Capuozzo among the winners at the World Rugby Awards

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Watch Joe Marler score a drop goal and a terrific try in Harlequins Vs Barbarians match

View All