Scotland dispatch the Azzurri

Scotland continued their stranglehold on Six Nations rivals Italy with a 34-13 victory at the Singapore National Stadium on Saturday.

Tries from Ali Price, Tim Visser, Damien Hoyland and a brace from Ross Ford proved too much for Italy who scored through tries from Michele Campagnaro and Angelo Esposito.

The Scots have now won eight of the nine previous meetings between these sides with that solitary loss only coming by a three-point margin. 

Following up their 29-0 trouncing of the Azzurri in the Six Nations in March, the Scots asserted their dominance over the Italians here once again.

It was a convincing performance in Gregor Townsend's international debut and first match in charge of the Scottish national team. What will please him the most is their creativity on attack and Finn Russell's excellent display at pivot.

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The scorers: 

For Italy:
Tries: Campagnaro, Esposito
Pen: Allan
Yellow Cards: Budd, Steyn

For Scotland:
Tries: Price, Visser, Ford 2, Hoyland
Cons: Taylor, Russell 
Pen: Russell

Italy: 15 Edoardo Padovani, 14 Angelo Esposito, 13 Michele Campagnaro, 12 Tommaso Boni, 11 Leonardo Sarto, 10 Tommaso Allan, 9 Edoardo Gori (c), 8 Robert Julian Barbieri, 7 Maxime Mata Mbanda, 6 Francesco Minto, 5 Dean Budd, 4 Marco Fuser, 3 Simone Ferrari, 2 Luca Bigi, 1 Andrea Lovotti
Replacements: 16 Ornel Gega, 17 Federico Zani, 18 Pietro Ceccarelli, 19 Andries van Schalkwyk, 20 Abraham Steyn, 21 Marcello Violi, 22 Carlo Cane, 23 Tommaso Benvenuti

Scotland: 15 Duncan Taylor, 14 Damien Hoyland, 13 Matt Scott, 12 Alex Dunbar, 11 Tim Visser, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Ali Price, 8 Josh Strauss, 7 Ryan Wilson, 6 John Barclay (c), 5 Ben Toolis, 4 Tim Swinson, 3 Willem Nel, 2 Ross Ford, 1 Allan Dell
Replacements: 16 Fraser Brown, 17 Gordon Reid, 18 Zander Fagerson, 19 Rob Harley, 20 Magnus Bradbury, 21 Cornell du Preez, 22 Henry Pyrgos, 23 Peter Horne

Referee: Paul Williams (New Zealand)
Assistant Referees: Mike Fraser (New Zealand), Tim Baker (Hong Kong)
TMO: Minoru Fuji (Japan)

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