Friday, February 1, 2019

Six Nations: Scotland v Italy

Scotland v Italy, Murrayfield; 7am MST

Kickoff should be temperate with the possibility of a bit of breeze pushing, pulling and lifting the hoists and shots on goal, but this is really all Scotia’s to lose. The home side forwards should provide plenty of ball for scrumhalf Greig Laidlaw and his partner standoff, Finn Russell, to set the scoreboard ticking. The Garryowen will be much in evidence early on and depending on how effective the Azzurri counter is, could have the visitors reeling and rear-legged much of the match.
Tommie Allen can pull strings and Sergio Parisse can provide ball, but it’ll be upto halfback Tito Tebaldi to cement the transfer; a lot rides on the ability of the Italian 9 to establish and maintain that flow.
For the Scots, flyhalf Russell will have plenty of options and the keen incision of fullback Stuart Hogg will have the home team’s offense rocking. A faulty hamstring puts first-15 flyer Sean Maitland on the injured list, but opens up opportunity for Blair Kinghorn to make his mark, which the Edinburgh three-quarters has been attending to all Guinness Pro14 season long.


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