Italy 20-36 Scotland

John Barclay races over to score Scotland's first try

Barclay races over to score his fourth try for Scotland in his 48th Test

Scotland ended their run of nine straight Six Nations defeats with a hard-fought victory over Italy in Rome.

Early tries from flankers John Barclay and John Hardie, both converted by Greig Laidlaw, who added a penalty, opened up a 17-3 lead after 26 minutes.

Leonardo Ghiraldini’s try on the half-hour roused the hosts, and Marco Fuser’s second score gave them hope.

But four more penalties from Laidlaw, who scored 21 points, kept the Scots in front before Tommy Seymour’s late try.

More to follow.

Team line-ups:

Italy: David Odiete, Leonardo Sarto, Michele Campagnaro, Gonzalo Garcia, Mattia Bellini, Kelly Haimona, Edoardo Gori; Andrea Lovotti, Leonardo Ghiraldini, Lorenzo Citttadini, Marco Fuser, Joshua Furno, Francesco Minto, Alessandro Zanni, Sergio Parisse.

Replacements: Davide Giazzon (for Lovotti, 58), Matteo Zanusso (for Ghiraldini, 58), Martin Castrogiovanni (for Citttadini, 58), Valerio Bernabo (for Furno, 37), Andries Van Schalkwyk (for Minto, 68), Guglielmo Palazzani, Edoardo Padovani, Andrea Pratichetti.

Scotland: Stuart Hogg, Tommy Seymour, Mark Bennett, Duncan Taylor, Tim Visser, Finn Russell, Grieg Laidlaw; Alasdair Dickinson, Ross Ford, Willem Nel, Richie Gray, Jonny Gray; John Barclay, John Hardie, Ryan Wilson.

Replacements: Stuart McInally (for Ford, 64), Rory Sutherland, Moray Low, Tim Swinson (for R Gray), Josh Strauss (for Wilson, 68), Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, Peter Horne (for Bennett, 64), Sean Lamont (for Visser, 73).

Referee: Jaco Peyper (RSA)

Touch judges: Pascal Gauzere (FRA) Nick Briant (NZL)

TMO: Graham Hughes (ENG)


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