Six Nations 2019: Italy sets unwanted record as Kinghorn claims hat trick for Scotland

first_imgScotland has won four successive Six Nations games against Italy. It had never previously managed more than three wins in a row in the competition against one team.WHAT’S NEXT?Scotland is set to face a much sterner test next Saturday when it welcomes Ireland, last year’s Grand Slam winners, to Murrayfield. Italy is at home to Wales, which produced a dramatic comeback to beat France on Friday. 3 – Blair Kinghorn is the first player to score a hattrick for @Scotlandteam in the #GuinnessSixNations; the last player to manage that feat for Scotland in the Five Nations was Iwan Tukalo against Ireland in 1989. Triple.— OptaJonny (@OptaJonny) February 2, 2019Although Italy scored first through a Tommaso Allan penalty, Scotland was clearly superior and moved in front when a glorious cross-field kick from Finn Russell put Kinghorn over in the 11th minute.Sam Skinner hobbled off in a blow to the hosts, but Kinghorn soon added a second try following a swift move from right to left.Scrum-half Tito Tebaldi had been a late withdrawal for Italy, which also lost Allan to a head knock as its problems worsened, although the No.10 was able to return before the interval.The result was effectively sealed seven minutes into the second half when Tommy Seymour’s break pegged Italy back and Russell produced a neat grubber that Hogg dotted down with the fingertips of his left hand.Kinghorn showed nice footwork to complete his hat trick after good work from Jamie Ritchie and Harris added his name to the scoresheet before Italy rallied with the game beyond it. After Berghan had been yellow-carded following a string of infringements, Guglielmo Palazzani, Edoardo Padovani and Angelo Esposito all went over.PROLIFIC START FOR KINGHORNKinghorn now boasts six tries in seven starts for his country. The wing missed the chance to lay on an early score when he was well supported but soon was smiling after being presented with two routine finishes in the first half. The 22-year-old then produced a stylish step to complete his hat trick as Scotland surged to victory.PARISSE MAKES LANDMARK APPEARANCEWhile Kinghorn has only been an international for 12 months, the longevity of Italy skipper Sergio Parisse was highlighted on Saturday as he made his 66th Six Nations appearance – setting a competition record.66 – @sergioparisse is set to make a record 66th appearance in the Six Nations (currently level with Brian O’Driscoll on 65), he’s also made the most carries and metres in tournament history, as well as making the second most tackles and winning the third most turnovers. Legend.— OptaJonny (@OptaJonny) February 2, 2019KEY OPTA FACT Six Nations 2019: Wales has forgotten how to lose – Gatland revels in comeback Italy’s wretched losing streak in the Six Nations stretched to a record-breaking 18 matches as Blair Kinghorn scored a hat trick in a 33-20 victory for Scotland at Murrayfield.Without a win in this competition since their triumph in Edinburgh four years ago, Italy has now surpassed France’s run of 17 straight defeats in the Five Nations between 1911 and 1920. Kinghorn scored two early tries to put his side in control on Saturday and completed his hat trick – the first by a Scot in the Six Nations – either side of second-half scores for Stuart Hogg and Chris Harris.The final score in a bonus-point win for the hosts flattered Italy, which crossed three times in the final 10 minutes with Simon Berghan in the sin bin. Related Newslast_img

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