- 29 Sep 07, 09:56 PM
Scotland squeezed into the World Cup quarter-finals with a narrow victory over Italy in heavy rain in St Etienne.
It was a tight game with plenty of kicking from both sides but in the end Scotland just had the edge.
What was your view of the game?
Rory Lamont - Spilled the high ball for Italy’s try and went off after 24 minutes after hitting his head hard on the turf following a collision with Andrea Masi. 6
Sean Lamont - It was not a day for wingers but the big man defended well and let nobody down. 6
Simon Webster - An elusive runner, he was reduced to chasing kicks and tackling anyone who appeared in front of him, which he did. 6
Rob Dewey - He chased well and tackled manfully and on the rare occasion he was given the ball he provided some go forward. 6
Chris Paterson - The Scotland kicker landed six kicks out of six to guide his side into the last eight – can’t ask for more than that. 7
Dan Parks - It was a day made for the fly-half’s canny kicking game and he executed it perfectly, constantly driving Italy back. He also produced one lovely show and go and two late catches from Italian kicks kept Scotland in the tournament. 8
Mike Blair - Fed Parks well and defended bravely round the fringes. 6
Simon Taylor - He won a couple of good turnovers and put his body on the line time and again as Italy drove round the fringes. 7
Allister Hogg - The Scotland back row were not as prominent as they sometimes are but Hogg put in his shift. 6
Jason White - The Sale man is clearly not back to his best after his long-term injury break but he never took a backwards step. 6
Jim Hamilton - The giant second row was Scotland’s best forward. Dominant in the middle of the line-out and at re-starts, he also put himself about around the park. 7
Nathan Hines - Outshone by his second-row colleague and was given a yellow card for a high tackle just when Scotland looked like taking control. 5
Euan Murray - He held his own against an Italy front row noted for their scrummaging. 6
Ross Ford - The hooker struggled with his throwing at the line-out and although the conditions did not help he was lucky it did not cost the Scots dear. 5
Gavin Kerr - Like Murray he stood his ground, although he was invisible in the loose. 6
Andrew Henderson - On after an hour for Dewey and did nothing wrong. 6
Craig Smith - Gave away the late penalty which would have given Italy victory had it gone over. 5
Hugo Southwell - On for Rory Lamont in the first half. Spilled the first kick aimed in his direction and got nowhere near the second before becoming more solid and defending bravely. 6
Scott MacLeod, Kelly Brown and Chris Cusiter did not have enough time to make an impression.