The Scottish Mail on Sunday

SCOT­LAND RAT­INGS

- By David Fer­gu­son Sports · Rugby · Italy · New Zealand · Paul Williams

DUN­CAN TAY­LOR 8 Steady in de­fence and of­fered promis­ing at­tack­ing pres­ence, pop­ping up around rucks DAMIEN HOY­LAND 7 Lively fig­ure in at­tack and sound in de­fence, par­tic­u­larly good around the restarts MATT SCOTT 7 Inches away from claim­ing an early try and lost the ball on the line near the end ALEX DUN­BAR 6 Worked well with Scott in de­fence to snuff out threat in mid­field but quiet in at­tack TIM VISSER 7 Took 14th Test try su­perbly and looked for ball in off touch­line but few chances to break FINN RUSSELL 8 Great am­bi­tion. Some came off, some didn’t, but when it did it brought tries. Kicked su­perbly ALI PRICE 8 Scrum-half showed how he is ma­tur­ing with fine all-round dis­play in at­tack and de­fence AL­LAN DELL 7 Prop played his part in strong first-half show­ing from pack be­fore be­ing re­placed ROSS FORD 8 Tire­less ef­fort on re­turn to start­ing team. Phys­i­cal in de­fence, su­perb in rucks WP NEL 7 Solid from tight­head in hu­mid con­di­tions, dom­i­nat­ing scrum and of­fer­ing him­self in at­tack TIM SWIN­SON 6 Hard-work­ing and ac­cu­rate dis­play from sec­ond row in de­fence, scrum and li­ne­out BEN TOO­LIS 8 All-ac­tion per­for­mace on first Test start. Car­ried ball well, high tackle count, se­cure in restarts JOHN BAR­CLAY 7 Good early break showed sign of in­tent and cap­tain pro­duced typ­i­cally bruis­ing per­for­mance RYAN WIL­SON 6 Worked well at open­side to en­sure quick Scot­tish ball and limit Italy threat through­out JOSH STRAUSS 6 Pow­er­ful dis­play by No 8 in at­tack and de­fence, car­ry­ing ball well, be­fore be­ing re­placed

RE­PLACE­MENTS

Pyr­gos (Price 51), Horne (Russell 51), Har­ley (Strauss 51), Reid (Dell 56), Ford (Dell 56), Fager­son (Nel 56), Brad­bury (Swin­son 59), Hughes (Visser 69).

ITALY

Padovani, Es­pos­ito, Cam­pag­naro (Ben­venuti 71), Boni, Sarto, Al­lan (Canna 64), Gori (Vi­oli 58); Lovotti (Zani 52), Bigi (Gega 52), Fer­rari (Cec­ca­relli 64), Fuser (Van Schalk­wyk 58), Budd, Minto (Steyn 51), Mbanda, Bar­bieri. Ref­eree: Paul Wil­liams (New Zealand).

At­ten­dance: 8,000.

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