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