Italy A 15 – 37 Scotland A
The Scotland A team were triumphant in Venice this afternoon as they defeated their Italian counterparts by 22 points. Scotland A, co-coached by Andy Robinson and Sean Lineen, scored through Glasgow Warriors duo Graeme Morrison and Thom Evans whilst Edinburgh pair Ross Rennie and Ben Cairns also crossed the line. Gloucester prop Alasdair Dickinson was the fifth Scot to make the score sheet.The Scotland A team were triumphant in Venice this afternoon as they defeated their Italian counterparts by 22 points. Scotland A, co-coached by Andy Robinson and Sean Lineen, scored through Glasgow Warriors duo Graeme Morrison and Thom Evans whilst Edinburgh pair Ross Rennie and Ben Cairns also crossed the line. Gloucester prop Alasdair Dickinson was the fifth Scot to make the score sheet. Edinburgh stand-off Phil Godman converted three of Scotland’s tries and added two penalties to round off a successful day. After the game, Andy Robinson said: It was a good performance. We started well but seemed to let them back into the game just after half time. The application and ambition shown by the players was really pleasing. We managed our game well. It wasn’t a perfect performance but the spirit of the team’s involvement, from the management team to the players, has been very encouraging. Italy ARiccardo Pavan (Overmach Parma); Ludovico Nitoglia (Calvisano), Alessio Galante (Gran Parma), Enrico Patrizio (Petrarca Padova), Michele Sepe (Capitolina); Paolo Buso (Calvisano), Fabio Semenzato (Treviso); Matias Aguero (Saracens), Luigi Ferraro (Viadana) captain, Matteo Pietrosanti (Capitolina), Mantvydas Tveraga (Overmach Parma), Antonio Pavanello (Treviso), Gonzalo Padro’ (Petrarca Padova), Silvio Orlando (Treviso), Jacobus Erasmus (Viadana). Substitutes – Paul Derbyshire (Gran Parma) for Pavenello (32 minutes), Giulio Toniolatti (Capitolina) for Semenzato (54), Alberto De Marchi (Overmach Parma) for Tverga (58), Luca Beccaris (Calvisano) for Pietrosanti (58), Pietrosanti for De Marchi (70), Franco Sbaraglini (Treviso) for Aguero (74), 22 Gilberto Pavan (Overmach Parma) for Galante (75). Tries, Padro’, Erasmus; conversion, Buso; penalty, Buso. Scotland ACalum MacRae (Edinburgh); Simon Danielli (Ulster), Ben Cairns (Edinburgh), Graeme Morrison (Glasgow Warriors), Thom Evans (Glasgow Warriors); Phil Godman (Edinburgh), Rory Lawson (Gloucester) captain; Alasdair Dickinson (Gloucester), Dougie Hall (Glasgow Warriors), Moray Low (Glasgow Warriors), Mark Rennie (Bourgoin), Alastair Kellock (Glasgow Warriors), Al Strokosch (Gloucester), Ross Rennie (Edinburgh), Johnnie Beattie (Glasgow Warriors). Substitutes – Scott Lawson (Sale Sharks) for Hall (57), Craig Hamilton (Edinburgh) for Mark Rennie (57), Craig Smith (Edinburgh) for Dickinson (72), James Eddie (Glasgow Warriors) for Strokosch (83), Gordon Ross (Saracens) for Godman (83). Not used – Mark McMillan (Wasps), John Houston (Edinburgh). Tries, Morrison, Ross Rennie, Dickinson, Evans, Cairns; conversion, Godman (3); penalties, Godman (2). Supporters will be able to see the Scotland A team in action later this month when they face Ireland A at McDiarmid Park in Pert on Friday 22 February (kick-off 7:30pm).