Watch Scotland vs Italy Live Streaming 2015 Six nations Rugby Live Online.This Rugby Union match will be kick off at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh, Scotland, Saturday 28 February 2015 online, Time 14:30 GMT (UTC+0) and its broadcast on BBC, RTE,S4C, Fox Sports,Online Channels,Sky Sports.
SCOTLAND succumbed to their seventh successive defeat in their Six Nations opener at Twickenham last week in a courageous but error-strewn display. Next up it’s the Italians who look stronger than they ever have. The Azzurri have matured into this competition and victory over France proved that.
Their aggressive play forced France into mistakes and the capitalised in ways that they have failed to do in the past. Scotland can’t afford to lose this match or back to back wooden spoons may beckon for the first time in Six Nations history.
The Scots should fancy their chances but Italy are no longer the weakest side in this tournament now, the rankings and form suggest that it is Scotland who are the weakest. This tournament is all about Scotland proving that isn’t the case and turning those glimmers of positivity into consistently performing well and getting results. Scotland’s last Six Nations win was this very fixture 2 years ago and that was a stodgy 21-8 win.
However, Scotland should win this game as Italy are not England. Scotland competed well for the majority of the match at Twickenham but were overpowered in the end by a combination of brutal English forward running and lapses in concentration. England broke the line too often and were able to convert opportunities through off-loading and gaining quick ball in the contact areas.
Scotland contributed to their own downfall by missing too many first tackles. The 38 points yielded at Twickenham is the most ever conceded from Scotland in Six Nations history but some aspects of the defence did function better than it did in the autumn. The set-piece worked better and the area we dominated England in was the driving maul success. This proves that when fully concentrated Scotland can keep sides out but they switch off and make too many errors and that could cost us against Italy who were ruthless against France.
Scotland have failed to score tries in six of their last 8 home Six Nations matches but this side showed off some attacking capability last week through Stuart Hogg and Sean Maitland who ran in tries from well inside their own half. Scotland had precious little territory and possession at Twickenham but were still able to score tries against a strong English side who will be looking to win the tournament. Scotland sides in the recent past have dominated games and have come away with less points than that purely because they lacked the creativity and cutting edge to score tries.
It’s a guarantee that Scotland will get more of the ball against Italy and it will be exciting to see what the backs can fully do with more opportunities. Scotland kicked away a lot of ball against England when maybe we should have ran with it a little more but the game-plan was to kick the ball, gain territory and hope the forwards can turnover to give us an attacking platform. It didn’t quite work because England won the contact and breakdown area and overpowered our forwards.
Italy lost a quarter of their set-piece against France so I’m hoping that if our forwards stay switched on then they can restrict Italy’s influence on the game and allow Scotland’s backs to dictate the tempo and kick at the correct moments. Although Italy are on their best ever Six Nations run and Scotland are on their worst; play error free rugby, control possession, cut down on errors and keep our concentration and composure then Scotland should be too strong.