Six Nations, Italrugby closes again with a wooden spoon


Defeat 52-10 for Italy to edinburgh against Scotland in the fifth and last commitment to Six Nations rugby. A knockout – this is the 32nd in a row in the tournament (the last success dates back to February 2015) – and another ‘wooden spoon’. Italrugby closes the Six Nations 2021 with the fifth defeat in as many games.

On Edinburgh’s Murrayfield lawn, Scotland’s lair, Franco Smith’s XV fails to avoid the eleventh ‘wooden spoon’ in its history, the sixth in a row: the Highlanders impose themselves for 52-10, condemning the Azzurri to defeat. Yet, it is the Azzurri who start with their heads down and in the 6 ‘, in strength, they break through the British Maginot line with captain Bigi. Garbisi puts his in the transformation phase and the 0-7 is served.

Scotland pays off with the same coin and draws the score with Cherry in the 10 ‘, but without finding the additional points of Hoegg. The Scottish captain redeems himself in the 13th minute, transforming Van der Merwe’s goal properly, who finds prairies and then crushes without worries. Italy struggles in defense and, on the 19 ‘, after a place by Garbisi, they also find themselves with theone less man for the yellow card awarded by Mori for an illicit tackle. Scotland takes advantage of the opportunity and on 21 ‘makes three of a kind with Graham (Hogg does not convert). The Azzurri try to get out of the British grip but, on 28′, it is Jones’ turn to fly towards the white line. The opening of the house hits the ac for the 24-10 with which the match goes to the interval.

At the start of the second half, Scotland further widens the gap, hitting the big target with Cherry, who achieves her brace using the work of the maul. Hogg hits the posts and for Italy it is late at night, also because at 11 ‘the yellow comes to Negri for a repeated series of fouls. Townsend changes the entire front line and the music does not change, because Steele celebrates in the 14th minute and Hogg participates in it with the precision that leads to 38-10 for the Highlanders, who at 20 ‘find themselves with the double superiority for the card, the third against Italy, given to Ioane for a tackle on Hogg. A sanction, which between one change and another, Lamaro also risks being subjected to, in an Italy practically adrift that is still slipped by Johnson and Van der Merwe. Hogg knows his stuff and nails the result on the final 52-10.


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