Six Nations win for Italy over scotland in Rome

Italy triumph over Scotland in Six Nations

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Italy triumphs in Rome, ending 11-year home win drought, as they squeeze a narrow victory over Scotland in the Six Nations.

Italy’s 31-29 victory over Scotland at the Stadio Olimpico wasn’t just a win – it was a statement. After eleven long years without a home victory in the Six Nations, the Azzurri delivered a performance that embodied everything Italian rugby aspires to be: fierce defense, audacious attack, and a never-say-die spirit.

The electric atmosphere in the sold-out stadium buzzed with anticipation, fuelled by the recent dramatic draw with France. The crowd’s hope soon erupted into a roar as Italy, under Gonzalo Quesada’s leadership, transformed a chaotic first half into a dominant second. Debuts by Louis Lynagh and Stephen Varney with crucial tries put Italy on the path to victory.

“It’s a good day for this team and it was a tough game,” said Quesada. “I think we managed to become good in the second half. It’s a special day though, it’s a step on the growth of the team. I’m happy for them to experience a win.

“It’s something we can find in every game. We have been consistent in defence – even in Ireland 36-0 we kept on defending and putting their bodies on the lines. It’s an amazing feeling for a coach.

“11 years without a win here and 13 against Scotland. I want to talk about the staff and the whole team not just me. We have created a special group who have worked tirelessly.”

A game of two halves

The first half was a whirlwind, with Scotland leading with three tries. However, Italy refused to crumble. Unlike teams of the past, they clawed their way back, capitalizing on a clever kick from Martin Page-Relo for Juan Ignacio Brex to score their first try. Scotland threatened again with a potential fourth try, but a crucial obstruction call by Pierre Schoeman kept them at bay.

Italy emerged from the break a different beast. They surged ahead, building a 31-22 lead with minutes remaining. Sam Skinner’s late try for Scotland ignited a tense finish, but the Italian defense held strong, repelling wave after wave of Scottish attacks. The stands erupted in celebration as the final whistle blew, sealing a long-awaited victory in Rome.

Is this the start of an Italy renaissance?

This win is a testament to the power of momentum. Italy harnessed short bursts of brilliance, leaving the Scots scrambling. They now head to Cardiff with hopes of back-to-back victories.

The Welsh capital holds sweet memories for this generation of Italian players, particularly their dramatic 22-21 win two years ago. However, they are determined to learn from the past and avoid a repeat of inconsistent performances.

“We still have to improve a lot, but to bring back a win in Rome is unbelievable,” added captain Michele Lamaro. “The stadium was full and that was one of our objectives in the past few months.

“It means a lot as it is a win that come from one game that we played well.

“It has been two to three years working so hard, I think this is the most important thing.

“The last game we won against Wales in Cardiff we were underdogs and we didn’t play that well but now we have improved from the first game till now.

“We are hungry, we want to bring this team to the next level – we fully believe in what we do.”

This is a chance to build on their newfound momentum – a close loss to England, a dramatic draw with France, and yesterday’s victory over Scotland. Perhaps Italy can rewrite their recent narrative.

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