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Last Updated:  Saturday, 29 March, 2003, 14:32 GMT
Clockwatch: Scotland 33-25 Italy
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Minute-by-minute updates:

Full time:Scotland 33-25 Italy Ian McGeechan's last Six Nations match as Scotland coach ends in success after a tense match that produced seven tries.

80 + 2 mins:Scotland 33-25 Italy Paterson gives Scotland some breathing space with a great penalty kick from distance.

79 mins: Five minutes of extra time are signalled.

76 mins: Robbie Russell replaces hooker Gordon Bulloch as Scotland are on the back foot against an Italian side looking for a first ever away win in the Six Nations.

73 mins: Big gaps are appearing as legs become weary, but Scotland's handling problems surface at crucial times once again.

70 mins:Scotland 30-25 Italy Pez makes no mistake from the conversion attempt.

69 mins:Scotland 30-23 Italy Substitute Scott Palmer grabs a try for Italy after great recycling work from the impressive scrum-half Alessandro Troncon.

66 mins: Italy hit back immediately and the Scots defend doggedly on their own try-line.

64 mins:Scotland 30-18 Italy Paterson converts his own try.

63 mins:Scotland 28-18 Italy As the game gets increasingly scrappy, Scotland break away to score a fourth try. Taylor breaks the Italian line to feed Paterson out wide and the winger chips over his opponent and gathers for a great score.

60 mins: Stuart Grimes comes on for Scott Murray as Scotland look to freshen things up.

54 mins: Leandro Castrogiovanni replaces Ramiro Martinez as Italy enjoy the bulk of possession against a wilting Scottish side.

50 mins:Scotland 23-18 Italy Beattie strays offside during an Italian drive and Pez knocks over a tricky penalty.

47 mins: Italian prop Andrea Lo Cicero knocks the ball on near the try-line as the Scots defence creaks.

46 mins: A sustained period of pressure from the Italians comes to nothing with some stout defending near their own line from the Scots.

43 mins: Jason White is replaced by Ross Beattie. The Bristol man is involved in an off-the-ball altercation within seconds but goes unpunished.

42 mins: Scotland are on the charge immediately but surrender possession in a threatening position and only a great tackle from Logan halts a breakaway from Italy.

41 mins: Gert Peens is on to replace Paolo Vaccari for Italy as the second half gets underway.


40 mins:Scotland 23-15 Italy The half-time whistle sounds to bring an end to a whirlwind first period that has seen two evenly matched sides produce five tries.

37 mins:Scotland 23-15 Paterson makes it three successful kicks from five to stretch the home side's advantage.

36 mins:Scotland 21-15 Italy Kenny Logan celebrates his 61st cap with a try after a quick tap-penalty and crashing through four challenges as the Italians are caught napping near their own line.

27 mins:Scotland 16-15 Italy Pez reduces the deficit to just one point with a straightforward conversion.

26 mins:Scotland 16-13 Italy Pez dazzles the Scottish defence with a great dummy and glides through the gap to get Italy back in the match. Scott Murray is guilty of missing the tackle.

24 mins: Paterson extends Scotland's lead with a simple kick, with the Italians straying offside.

22 mins: Townsend almost jinks through the Italian defence after another good flowing move from Scotland, but the experienced stand-off is stopped just a few yards from the posts.

18 mins: Pez narrowly misses the posts with a penalty after the Scots are penalised for offside.

15 mins: Paterson kicks well wide of the mark again from a tricky angle.

14 mins: Scotland 13-8 Italy The impressive Kenny Logan has the Italian defence stretched with his powerful running and a long looping pass from Gregor Townsend finds James McLaren, who crashes over to put Scotland in front.

12 mins: Paterson misses the conversion attempt from a difficult position.

11 mins:Scotland 8-8 Italy Jason White powers over the line for Scotland's fourth try of the tournament. With three men trying to stop him, the Glasgow giant manages to bundle his way through and touch the ball down.

10 mins: An impressive burst from Glenn Metcalfe takes the Scots deep into Italian territory.

9 mins:Scotland 3-8 Italy Pez restores the Italians five-point advantage with a solid penalty kick, following some reckless play from Simon Taylor.

7 mins:Scotland 3-5 Italy Chris Paterson maintains his excellent form with the boot to kick the Scots back into the match after the Italians are caught offside.

5 mins:Pez misses the conversion from a tight angle.

4 mins: Scotland 0-5 ItalyThe home crowd are stunned as Mirco Bergamasco goes over for the game's first try. Having moved the ball swiftly from one flank to the other, the pacey full-back burst through for an impressive score.

3 mins: A nervous start from both sides with simple mistakes evident immediately.

Kick-off 1500: Referee David McHugh sounds the whistle and Ramiro Pez kicks the game underway.


Teams:

Scotland: G Metcalfe (Glasgow); C Paterson (Edinburgh), J McLaren (Bordeaux-Begles), A Craig (Orrel), K Logan (Wasps); G Townsend (Borders), B Redpath (Sale Sharks, Capt); T Smith (Northampton), G Bulloch (Glasgow), B Douglas (Borders), S Murray (Edinburgh), N Hines (Edinburgh), J White (Glasgow), S Taylor (Edinburgh), A Mower (Newcastle).

Replacements: R Russell Saracens, G Kerr (Leeds), S Grimes (Newcastle), R Beattie (Bristol), M Blair (Edinburgh), G Ross (Leeds), K Utterson (Borders).

Italy: M Bergamasco (Padova); P Vaccari (Calvisano), A Masi (L`Aquila), G Raineri (Calvisano), D Dallan (Treviso), R Pez (Rotherham), A Troncon (Treviso, capt); A Lo Cicero (Lazio), C Festuccia (GRAN Parma), R Martinez (Treviso), C Bezzi (Viadana), M Giacheri (Rotherham), A De Rossi (Calvisano), A Persico (Viadana), M Phillips (Viadana)

Replacements: F Ongaro (Treviso), L Castrogiovanni (Calvisano), S Dellape (Treviso), S Palmer (Treviso), M Mazzantini (Rovigo), G Peens (Overmach Parma), N Mazzucato (Treviso)

Referee: David McHugh (Ireland).




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