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Scotland make it four wins in-a-row with hard-fought victory against Italy

Franco Smith’s men will be gutted to have come up short of a win over the Scots in Florence.

Italy 17

Scotland 28

SCOTLAND MADE IT four wins in succession with a hard-fought 28-17 bonus-point win over Italy in the Autumn Nations Cup in Florence on Saturday. 

duhan-van-der-merwe-celebrates-scoring-a-try-with-stuart-mcinally Scotland celebrate Duhan van der Merwe's try. Source: Matteo Ciambelli/INPHO

The Scots played on the back foot for most of a first half which saw tries for Italy fullback Matteo Minozzi and Scotland wing Duhan van der Merwe.

But after slipping 14-7 down early in the second half, Gregor Townsend’s side hit back with tries from prop Zander Fagerson, lock Scott Cummings, and replacement hooker George Turner to complete the win.

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Italy’s 20-year-old fly-half Paolo Garbisi fired over four penalties but missed both conversions.  

With the France v Fiji matched called off because of coronavirus, Scotland lead Group B. Their next match is against France next week while Italy are due to face the afflicted Fijians.

© – AFP, 2020 

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