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Scotland finish with a flourish

Scotland finished the RBS 6 Nations with a flourish and avoided the wooden spoon with a 21-8 victory over Italy at Murrayfield.

Nick De Luca scored Scotland's first try at Murrayfield since November 2009 and Nikki Walker added another in the same corner as the hosts crossed for two touchdowns in quick succession early in the second half which turned the game in their favour.

Scotland had trailed 8-6 at half-time as Andrea Masi, who was forced off injured before the interval, scored a try and Mirco Bergamasco a penalty to cancel out two from Chris Paterson.

Paterson finished with 11 points - three penalties and one conversion - as Scotland ended a run of four straight losses with head coach Andy Robinson's second Six Nations win in 10 attempts, but first at Murrayfield.

Robinson's near two-year reign as head coach has featured wins over Australia and world champions South Africa in Edinburgh and away victories over Ireland and Argentina (twice).

But the narrow style which earned those triumphs has been abandoned and Scotland played with width and the ball through the hands in a deserved victory after previous unconvincing displays at home to Wales and Ireland.

The last time Scotland, who entered the tournament on a run of five wins in six Tests, won a Six Nations match at Murrayfield was the victory over Italy two years ago and this triumph restored some pride in World Cup year.


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