Blair Kinghorn scored Scotland’s first 6 Nations hat-trick for 30 years as they comfortably breat Italy to win their opening game of the championship for only the third time.
Under the posts and 12 points down in Rome, John Barclay and Greig Laidlaw took a grip of Scotland in a proper Ides of March crisis against Italy.
Gregor Townsend is hoping that he’ll have serious selection questions bothering him after the first Guinness 6 Nations match as the indications were it was all too convenient as he named the team to play Italy.
As omens about venues go, it wasn’t exactly promising for those of us with long and bitter memories.
Glasgow’s Australian-born centre Sam Johnson will make his Scotland debut in a recast team for this Saturday’s Guinness 6 Nations opener against Italy at BT Murrayfield.
Scotland need to “stress” Italy in the first hour of Saturday’s Guinness 6 Nations opener to reap the rewards in the “back twenty” like they did in Rome last year, believes Grant Gilchrist.
Playing more rugby rather than being “protected” at home in Scotland is better for Finn Russell and he believes will make him a more accomplished player.
Zander Fagerson and Fraser Brown could be pitched straight into Scotland’s opening Guinness Six Nations meeting with Italy despite being out injured for several weeks.
Stuart Hogg believes Scotland can achieve something “incredibly special” by winning their first Six Nations title on the eve of the 2019 championship.