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Murrayfield - 24 February, 2007
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Final score: Scotland 17-37 Italy

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By Rob Hodgetts

80 mins: FINAL SCORE Scotland 17-37 Italy
The referee blows the whistle and it's all over. The Italians are in raptures as they clinch their first ever Six Nations away victory.

"It's a sad, day for Scottish rugby."
BBC rugby commentator Andy Nicol

"Italy played some intelligent rugby, they absorbed some pressure, made Scotland give away penalties and Troncon came up with the winning try."
BBC rugby pundit Gregor Townsend

"I've been living away from the UK for 11 years now, and have yet to witness a more disappointing display. Trust it to be hapless Scotland to hand the Italians a breakthough victory in the six nations."
Philip, Washington DC

78 mins: Scotland keep plugging away and get to within a yard or two of Italy's line as Gonzalo Canale is sin-binned.

"Here in Italy, we hardly knew we were playing today. A really nice change from daily football drama."

"Does this performance and result really show how bad Wales are? I fear a French feast of tries tonight."
Anonymous texter

75 mins: TRY Scotland 17-37 Italy
Italy hammer away at Scotland's line and eventually experienced scrum-half Alessandro Troncon engineers the move over the line and comes up with the score. Andrea Scanavacca converts.

"Absolute rubbish, is consistency in our vocabulary... I know "joke" is..."
Graeme, Colombia

71 mins: PENALTY Scotland 17-30 Italy
Scotland give away another unforgiveable penalty, given their plight, when Sean Lamont handles in the ruck. A bit of back-chat sees Italy gain another 10 yards and Andrea Scanavacca carefully slots it between the posts.

68 mins: Italy win another kickable penalty after a rolling maul but Scotland are let off the hook when a bit of illegal footwork on the deck reverses the decision.

65 mins: PENALTY Scotland 17-27 Italy
Italy have a series of attacking scrums on Scotland's line and eventually win a penalty. Unlike Scotland, they immediately point at the posts and Andrea Scanavacca bags the three points. Rory Lawson replaces Chris Cusiter at scrum-half for Scotland.

"I'm staying in the office until it's good and dark outside."
Malcolm Hutton, Alundborg, Denmark

60 mins: TRY Scotland 17-24 Italy
Sport has a funny old way of panning out doesn't it! Scotland skipper Chris Paterson, for so long the villain of the piece, surges through a gap on the blind-side and hares 40m to score under the Italian posts before adding the conversion himself.

58 mins: "I wasn't privy to the game-plan before but I'd be staggered if the Scottish gameplan was to turn down easy penalties in front of the posts. When they look back at this they will rue the missed penalties.
BBC rugby commentator Andy Nicol.

"Godman and Cusiter - you would be better off with The Krankies - get them off."
KC in the Gulf

56 mins: Italy are penalised again for collapsing the scrum but Chris Paterson opts for another scrum. But when the ball comes out, Scotland infringe and another chance for points slips away.

"Absolutely fantastic work by Italy, an Italian victory has been long overdue and what a venue for it to happen."
Andrew, Oxford

54 mins: Scotland are enjoying their fair share of possession but they are struggling to make significant inroads into Italy, despite the crowd rediscovering their voice to roar them on. A penalty comes and skipper Chris Paterson again turns down a guaranteed three points. Scotland win a five-metre scrum.

50 mins: Scotland's heckles are up as they chase an attacking kick deep behind Italian lines. But Italy claim the line-out ball and clear.

49 mins: A bit of good, old-fashioned argy-bargy breaks out, but it's soon broken up. That's on the pitch, by the way.

"Valparaíso, Chile. After a morning's working in the garden, I have Scotland-Italy on BBC radio Scotland via Internet, then England-Ireland on ESPN+, followed by Wales-France on the same channel; the closest I can come to heaven on earth at the moment. But, for the aforementioned heaven's sake, Scotland, get your act together!"
David Bamford

47 mins: Scotland eschew another penalty as Chris Cusiter scampers forward from a quick tap.

43 mins: Phil Godman slips through a tiny gap in the Italian back-line and offloads to full-back Marcus Di Rollo in space, but Scotland are called back for a forward pass, to the disappointment of the home crowd.

"In the south of France with two Englishmen & three Irishmen. Thank god I'm not in Italy. Come on Scotland."

41 mins: Scotland kick off the second half as Murrayfield holds its collective breath, hoping that fortunes can be reversed.

"Grandissimi Azzurri! Italians are also ABLE to play some rugby. I could not believe it when I read it the first time! Hoping for the second half..."
Matteo, ITALIAN rugby supporter, at the moment in Egypt

"It is scotland's inconsistency, not their lack of talent, that is letting them down once again."
Jen, Glasgow

"Scotland are playing like a horde of headless vikings. They need to be taking any points on offer. Those two penalties kicked to the corner instead of at goal would've made the halftime score 13 - 24 ... not so much of a mountain when you consider Italy give up most of their points towards the end of their games."
Reuben Paniora, Denmark

40 mins: PENALTY Scotland 10-24
Scotland get a penalty and the crowd screams at their side to kick for goal. It's 36m out but right in front and Chris Paterson strokes it over as the half-time whistle goes.

"Oh dear, the score so far seems to put England's two unconvincing wins in this competition into perspective."

36 mins: Scotland's Chris Paterson again ignores a penalty chance to kick the ball into the left corner, hoping for the bigger reward of a try. Italy turn it over and clear their lines.

"I sound like a stuck record but Chris Paterson, statistically, is the best kicker in world rugby right now and they should have taken the points when they were on offer."
BBC rugby commentator Andy Nicol

"Gee whizz. I'm glad I'm working. Three tries in seven minutes? Get yer fingers out lads!"
Embarrassed Jock

33 mins: Murrayfield is still like a morgue, barring sporadic shouts and boos and some Italian singing.

"My goodness, it does still seem like a massive Italian mountain to climb."
BBC rugby commentator Andrew Cotter

"Hadden must go. Bring back Matt Williams."
Anonymous texter

28 mins: Scotland coach Frank Hadden grabs skipper Chris Paterson for a quick chat. Crisis talks the politicians would call it. Simon Taylor's sin-bin period is over and at least they didn't concede while he was off, barring the initial penalty.

23 mins: Scotland skipper Chris Paterson again turns down a kickable penalty to opt for the corner. But points is what they need.

19 mins: PENALTY Scotland 7-24 Italy
Scotland are under pressure on their own line but they manage to snuff out the initial attack. But their day gets worse when forward Simon Taylor is sin-binned for slowing the ball down. Andrea Scanavacca slots over a penalty.

"Sorry... just spotted score on second look. Deep doo doo."
Humble Irishman

"Scotland shouldn't panic. In 2000 the All Blacks went 24-0 up over the Wallabies in 8 minutes, by half time it was 24-24."
Anonymous texter.

14 mins: TRY Scotland 7-21 Italy
Scotland manage to steady their rapidly sinking ship for a few minutes and to their surprise, centre Rob Dewey makes the most of the referee getting in the way to sneak through the Italian line.

He can't quite believe he's got away with it and almost doesn't touch it down before he's tackled. But fortunately he manages to drop to the floor to register Scotland's first points and give his side a flimsy life-line. Chris Paterson converts.

7 mins: TRY Scotland 0-21 Italy
Outrageous, this is unbelievable. Boos are ringing around the ground because Chris Cusiter has just thrown another interception pass and Italian wing Kaine Robertson has scampered home. Andrea Scanavacca converts.

3 mins: TRY Scotland 0-14 Italy
Scotland are stunned. Murrayfield can't quite believe what is going on. Scrum-half Chris Cusiter gifts a short pass to Italian fly-half Andrea Scanavacca, who romps home unchallenged for a second score. Scanavacca converts.

1 min: TRY Scotland 0-7 Italy
Italy kick-off to Scotland who are sporting an unfamiliar new change strip of white with yellow shoulder flashes. But disaster! Instantly, Scottish fly-half Phil Godman tries to chip over Italy's back line and open-side Mauro Bergamasco charges it down and gathers to score under the posts. Andrea Scanavacca converts.

1456 GMT: Italy run out first to generous applause before Scotland storm out to a huge roar from their own Tartan Army. The Azzurri's anthem is first and the players and a few thousand fans belt it out with gusto. Flower of Scotland follows, and virtually the entire stadium joins in.

1455 GMT: OK, here we go. Strap yourselves in, buckle yourselves up, go to the pub, stay at home, stockpile your food and drink...whatever. You've five minutes left. Time to get ready. This is it. This is "Super Saturday".


1450: "I am in Helmand, Afghanistan, waiting until 0030 our time to watch the Wales match and hoping that we will be able to turn our dismal Six Nations around - all the best boys."
Rhys Morris, Afghanistan

"Big night/morning ahead here in Hong Kong. We've been looking forward to the England game all week and are now heading out to watch the Scotland v Italy game before, at 1.30 in the morning, the big-one with England. Here's hoping we can pull it off; we'll be in one of the Irish bars in Wan Chai so plenty of atmosphere guaranteed ... and lots of banter one way or another guaranteed."
Wazsere, Hong Kong

"C'mon Scotland! The best of luck from snowy -17c Norway."
Robby MacBeath

"Soon be off to Tommy Condon's Irish pub in downtown Charleston, South Carolina to watch Scotland beat Italy (I hope)and then join the Irish to watch them beat England - accompanied by lots of Guinness of course."
David Blues

1443: "I've got a sneaking feeling England might win this. It all depends on how the line-out goes. If they get enough ball, they could do it."
Brian Moore, BBC rugby commentator, Dublin

"Brian O'Driscoll is going to challenge the axis between Jonny Wilkinson and Andy Farrell all afternoon. Ireland to post a decent win."
Keith Wood, BBC rugby commentator, Dublin

1440: "Greetings to all those rugby fans stuck in the remotest corners of the globe."
Keni, Dalia Field, offshore Angola.

1435: "Hi Giles, I live in Fes, Morocco. Your best bet to watch the England-Ireland game is to got to a posh hotel, buy an expensive drink, and persuade them to put the game on Sky. The cafes generally only show football, but they might be worth a try. Good luck."
Phil Rule

1424: "Watching the BBC coverage here from an amerindian village in the Guyanan Rainforest. Gutted that I won't be able to watch what hopefully will be a Scottish win."
Mark Kennedy

1415: "I am in Barbados looking forward to a first Welsh win today. At least I will be able to watch it at a more reasonable 4pm than you guys at home. Come on Wales."
Anonymous, by text.

1400: "Waiting for kick-off on a train from Cordoba to Madrid. If we play with the tempo we showed against Wales and keep the ball in hand, Scotland could win well today - Italy underrate us, daft as that sounds."
Craig, Spain

"I am in Marrakesh, where can I watch the England v Ireland game?
Giles, Morocco

1352: "Win today and we can win the tournament."
Adam, Glasgow

1345: More and more fans are walking past the war memorial outside Murrayfield, where, so far, there is no sign of the forecast rain and wind. Italy have beaten Scotland twice since joining the Six Nations in 2000 and are seeking their first ever away win in Edinburgh.

1330: "I am in Ireland for the match, there is a great atmosphere in Dublin and people are beginning to sense the historic occasion - but all eyes are turning to the Scotland match now."
From an anonymous fan via text, Dublin

1315: All quiet inside Murrayfield apart from a few officials milling about but outside the stadium fans are now beginning to gather. And there is the first group of fans wearing kilts, despite the chilly temperatures in Edinburgh.

1300: Two hours to go until the first of the day's three Six Nations matches between Scotland and Italy gets under way.

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