Italy beats Scotland 16-12, ends 6N drought
Associated Press
2010-02-27 10:39 PM
Italy beat Scotland 16-12 for its first win in the Six Nations since it beat the same side at the same Stadio Flaminio almost two years ago.

With both teams winless through two rounds, neither side was able to crack the other's defense for at least an hour.

The scoring was left to Italy's Mirco Bergamasco and Scotland's Dan Parks, whose goalkicks made it 6-6 at halftime and 9-9 after 49 minutes.

Parks' third penalty gave Scotland its first lead in the match in the 64th, but moments later Italy uncorked the only try, and a certain tournament highlight.

As flyhalf Craig Gower ran across the Scottish backs, he scissored with center Gonzalo Canale, who cut back into space then swerved away from the defense near the Scottish 22. As he was enveloped, he passed to replacement scrumhalf Pablo Canavosio, who caught the ball on his left hip, jinked off his left foot and beat the cover to dive between the posts.

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