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Impressive Scotland have the last laugh as Italy pick up the wooden spoon

Scotland managed to avoid the dreaded wooden spoon after an impressive 21-8 win over Italy, who finish the bottom of the 6 Nations group.

In recent seasons, it has been these two countries battling it out to avoid last place. So, it gives something for the fans to shout about….I suppose.

Scotland were looking to stop their current losing streak, to avoid their first whitewash of the competition since 2004, in front of just over 42,000 fans. It didn’t look good half way through, though. Italy went in 8-6 leaders after an Andrea Masi try in the early stages but the much-improved Scots hit back with second half tries from Nick De Luca and Nikki Walker. Some expert kicking from Chris Paterson sealed the win for Andy Robinson’s side.

Interestingly, it was Scotland s first tries in 8 games at Murrayfield. This unwanted record stretched back to November 2009! Easy to see why the team have been lacking confidence lately, and slumping to defeat after defeat.

However, this was a much improved performance which pleased the fans and manager alike.

Robinson told the BBC…

“I’m delighted with the composure that’s been shown by the squad and the attitude that’s been there in every training session.”

He added:  “I’ve been seeing improvements throughout the championship….I thought our shape was good in attack and defence”

Elsewhere, despite losing 24-8 to Ireland, fierce rivals England still picked up the trophy to end an impressive campaign.

So, overall a very disappointing 6 Nations for the Scots, as usual.  It seems this is what  they play for these days – to avoid the wooden spoon. To give them some credit, they have done that!

Impressive: Richie Gray

All joking aside, this game against Italy showed that there are some up and coming stars in the Scotland squad. Players such as Ruraidh Jackson and Richie Gray, who got the man-of-the-match award,  excelled in this game. And with Andy Robinson signing a contract extension until 2015, lets hope he can take the on to bigger and better things.

Will Scotland start to compete for trophies now? We can only hope..

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Scotland slump to another defeat as England retain Calcutta cup

A brave Scotland side slumped to their 4th defeat of the 6th Nations, after losing 22-16 to England in the Calcutta Cup.

 Having not won at Twickenham since 1983, the odds were in strong favour of England but Scotland gave a battling performance. And, with the exception of some bad decisions they could have won, after going in 9-9 at the break. However, England’s Tom Croft went over midway through the second half, which proved too much of a comeback for Andy Robinson’s men.

Other points came from Jonny Wilkinson’s conversion and a penalty, as Toby Flood grabbed 4 more penalties. Scotland’s scorers were Max Evans with a try, Chris Paterson with 2 penalties and a conversion whilst Ruaridh Jackson bagged a drop-goal.

Positive thinking: Andy Robinson

Despite the defeat to their fierce rivals, Andy Robinson was proud of his team’s performance: “(It was) a tremendous defensive display and a great attitude shown by all the players. When we got the territory we were able to ask questions of England,” he told BBC Scotland.

“But our line-out wasn’t good enough today and we’ve got to look at all our set-pieces. We’ve got to improve what we’re doing.”

The defeat leaves Scotland lying in last place with no points on the board, with their nearest competitors Italy on 2 points. They play each other next week in the last game and will battle it out to avoid the dreaded ‘wooden spoon’.

Meanwhile, England are going for the Grand Slam as they take on Ireland next week and look good for it with impressive performances in this tournament under the charge of Martin Johnson.

So, pretty depressing times for Scotland as they have failed to pick up any points in the 6 Nations and the days of Scotland challenging for competitions are slowly fading away. It now seems to be damage limitation for the Scots, as England are dominating.

Rugby seems to be the latest sport where Scotland are lagging behind England and other countries and lets hope that will all change soon. We need to feel good about our country again!

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