- 24 Feb 07, 03:28 PM
Scotland self-destructed at Murrayfield on Saturday, gifting Italy three tries in the first seven minutes as the visitors gained their first ever away victory in the Six Nations.
See if you agree with my ratings.
Southwell - 5: Generally strong under the up-and-under, but kicking from hand was aimless. Got into the game with ball in hand during the second half.
Lamont - 7: Scotland's most effective player at Murrayfield, by a considerable distance. Always crossed the gain-line, and made several telling breaks right through the middle. One black mark was the silly penalty - and extra 10m - he gave away with 10 minutes to go.
Di Rollo - 5: Looked for work and made a couple of half breaks without quite finding the gaps he was looking for. Gave nothing away in defence.
Dewey - 6: His bulk and running ability gave Italy's midfield problems throughout, although he was lucky to grab his third Test try after stopping in his tracks before the whistle.
Paterson - 6: Took his try superbly, spotting the mismatch and bursting through without a finger being laid on him. But will he lay awake at night rueing his decision not to kick for goal on several occasions?
Godman - 5: Starts don't come much worse than the one he made, seeing Mauro Bergamasco charge down his kick to score within 20 seconds of kick-off. Was still willing to try things afterwards, but the damage was done.
Cusiter - 4: A nightmare for the scrum-half. Gifted 14 points to Italy with interceptions, with his long, telegraphed pass for Italy's third try particularly ill-advised. His service was solid and, admirably, he did not hide, but ended the game still in the red.
Kerr - 5: Did his fair share of work in the tight, but could not get on top of the Italian forwards. Largely anonymous in the loose.
Hall - 6: The line-out was one area of the Scotland performance which was difficult to find too much fault with, at least while he was on the field. Noticeably strong defence around the fringes too.
E Murray - 5: The scrum was generally solid, although the Italians got on top in the second half. Another Scot who was a stranger to the ball in the open.
Hines - 5: Won his fair share of line-out ball, and got through a lot of graft but part of an ultimately well-beaten pack.
S Murray - 6: Gave his usual excellent display in the line-out, but struggled to make any sort of impact in the loose. His record-equalling cap will not be one he looks back on especially fondly.
Taylor - 5: His first-half sin-binning did his side few favours as they tried to battle back into the match. A couple of glimpses of his class with ball in hand, but all too quiet overall.
Callam - 6: Highly impressive as a ball carrier before limping off after 50 minutes. An encouraging performance but Scotland could have done with him sticking around.
Brown - 5: Found himself largely restricted to defensive duties, as his pack went backwards. Not his best game for Scotland.
Ford - 5: Came on for Hall at hooker, but unable to make much of an impact.
Hogg - 5: One clever kick into space showed his rugby brain, but an unforgivable mistake from an Italian kick-off put his side under real pressure as time ran out.
Lawson - 5: Came on for Cuister and tried to provide some momentum, but the match was pretty much lost by then.
Walker - 4 Came on with 20 minutes to go with Scotland looking for something special, but an embarrassing knock-on from a tap penalty with his first touch was his most noteworthy contribution.