Scotland rout sorry Italy at Murrayfield
20/03/2021 | sport | rugbyunion | 674
Scotland run in eight tries as they dispatch a limp Italy at Murrayfield and return to winning ways in the Six Nations.
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20/03/2021 16:16:24 44 8
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Well played Scotland. You've got some quality players and I hope to see this reflected in Lions selection.

Italy disappointing again. So many basic mistakes, most club sides would beat this team. I'm not sure what the solution is, investment or relegation?
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Mal
20/03/2021 16:22:07 18 5
bbc
Investment.
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20/03/2021 16:47:26 6 0
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A promotion playoff doesn’t necessarily have to be a negative for Italy. A number of their ex & current internationals have opined that a playoff would benefit Italian rugby.
It would put pressure on their sponsors to up what they’re doing, it would also (if they won the playoff) give the Italy fans some success & an indication they truly belong at the top table.
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20/03/2021 16:16:56 42 8
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Good game from Scotland. Liked the look of Scott Steele, quick ball. Huw Jones taking his chances.

As much as the IRE/WAL games were disappointing, SCO were basically 6 points away from going into a GS next week. Poor against IRE though and it is an "if only" of course.

A win against FRA next week I'd consider this a good 6N if not a missed opportunity.
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SV
20/03/2021 16:17:44 7 3
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Georgia haven’t lost a game in the REC since 2017 and won convincingly again today away in Russia 23 -6.

Italy haven’t won a game in the 6N since 2015 and lost heavily again today in Scotland 52 – 10.

We really need to see them play again – personally I would like to see 6N expand to seven to include Georgia but at the very least, why are the two teams not playing each other more regularly?
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20/03/2021 16:24:42 8 1
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I think there should be a 2nd tier championship, with the winner of that playing bottom team of 6N for promotion.
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20/03/2021 16:19:23 95 9
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Autumn internationals need to be used each year to let one of Italy, Georgia, Russia, Romania and Spain qualify for 6N.

Italy peaked with a couple of genuinely world class players but are now going backwards.
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20/03/2021 16:43:52 46 10
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Good post, others talk about relegation but Scotland, France and Wales have all finished bottom of the pile at some point, would not want to see any of these teams relegated due to one bad championship.
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20/03/2021 16:47:07 6 0
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They seriously miss Parisse or a player of that intelligence.
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KO
20/03/2021 16:54:41 9 0
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All 6N should fund Shaun Edwards going to Italy to be defensive/discipline coach. For the sake of the competition.
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20/03/2021 17:39:58 5 0
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I don't care for relegation/promotion but would love to see an Autumn Test fixture set in place each year to let the 6N (bottom) and Euro Nations (top) play each other. Would be interesting to watch.
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20/03/2021 17:45:33 8 1
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Sorry to say but Georgia, Romania, Russia, Spain and every other team that don't play in the 6N are even worse than Italy so it wouldn't improve the 6N one bit.
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20/03/2021 17:55:21 3 3
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Have two groups of six. Bring in Russia, Romania, Georgia, USA, Canada and South Africa.
Seed the two groups, with equal quality in each group. Then have the winners of each group play each other for the title. In other words make it a 12 nations.
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ed9
20/03/2021 18:57:31 3 1
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Italy missed a lot of key players this year. The world is yet to see what they can do with Minozzi, Polledri, Varney, Garbisi and Monti Ionne all linking up. They are going through a transitional period in a very very odd season.
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20/03/2021 19:27:26 1 1
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Of that bunch. Italy are still probably the best. And The income from the Rome trip outweighs any income potential from trips to Romania or Moscow. When Edinburgh played the Russina champions in the challenge cup, they put eighty points past them
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20/03/2021 16:19:34 6 3
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Italy are going backwards.. We seriously need regulation.
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20/03/2021 16:20:48 9 2
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Or relegation?
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20/03/2021 16:19:37 3 1
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Back of the net!
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20/03/2021 16:20:10 25 13
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Why yet another England pundit at a non England match?

A particularly derogatory, derisive and disparaging one on this occasion too!
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20/03/2021 16:21:31 8 7
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"English pundit", not "England pundit".
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20/03/2021 16:23:15 8 1
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Why not? There is a Scottish pundit, an Italian pundit and a neutral pundit. Seems well balanced.
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20/03/2021 16:32:00 1 1
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Build a bridge etc
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20/03/2021 16:42:54 5 2
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Don't mind an English pundit but Lawrence Dallaglio has a lot more interesting things to say than Guscott.
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20/03/2021 16:20:47 41 2
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Instead of talking about biscuits during the live report how about keeping us up to date on the game; like the fact that Scotland had changed their entire front row or that Alex Craig had come on to win his first cap.
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20/03/2021 16:26:17 4 2
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So they do this nonsense on live feeds of other sports.

If you were a biscuit eating superhero etc
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20/03/2021 16:19:34 6 3
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Italy are going backwards.. We seriously need regulation.
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20/03/2021 16:20:48 9 2
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Or relegation?
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20/03/2021 16:23:08 0 0
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Yeap sorry
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20/03/2021 16:20:50 47 1
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Huw Jones is back ????
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20/03/2021 18:58:45 7 0
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Oh so true, class act. But it's taken a hell of a long time.
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20/03/2021 19:29:26 3 0
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On current form, I wouldn't put him out of contention for the Lions touring party. Especially as he has played a lot of Rugby in South Africa in super rugby and twice winning the Currie Cup
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21/03/2021 04:41:54 1 1
bbc
One game , jeez Scots are fickle bunch.
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20/03/2021 16:21:13 6 4
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Well played Scotland some excellent finishes and Hamish Watson again showed what a powerhouse he is, well worth a Lions Jersey.
As they say you can only play whats in front of you, but poorest performance from Italy this year, 3 yellows don't help but tackling seemed optional from them!
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20/03/2021 16:29:01 2 5
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Yes, you can only play what is in front of you - including the team, including the TMO, VAR, REF, Line/Touch judges, water carriers, the color of the grass, the paint on the sticks, etc., etc. Great advice - please remember it !!
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Mal
20/03/2021 16:21:15 3 0
bbc
Italy really need a defence coach. But that tackle by the no.11 on the Scottish winger was awesome.
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20/03/2021 16:23:06 3 0
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That situation was only going to go one way. Bet Graham felt the dread as that ball floated towards him.
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20/03/2021 16:24:40 0 0
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27 missed tackle in the first half alone tells its own tale.
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Gaz
20/03/2021 16:30:41 0 2
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Because his from the antipodes
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20/03/2021 16:20:10 25 13
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Why yet another England pundit at a non England match?

A particularly derogatory, derisive and disparaging one on this occasion too!
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20/03/2021 16:21:31 8 7
bbc
"English pundit", not "England pundit".
OK.. English tit. How about that? Removed
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20/03/2021 16:25:08 4 0
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Whatever...
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20/03/2021 16:16:24 44 8
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Well played Scotland. You've got some quality players and I hope to see this reflected in Lions selection.

Italy disappointing again. So many basic mistakes, most club sides would beat this team. I'm not sure what the solution is, investment or relegation?
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Mal
20/03/2021 16:22:07 18 5
bbc
Investment.
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20/03/2021 16:27:26 3 2
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Relegation
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20/03/2021 16:32:21 2 0
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Force Italians to like rugby?
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20/03/2021 16:22:53 11 8
bbc
Back to 5 nations please.
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SV
20/03/2021 16:24:44 13 7
bbc
Increase to 7 Nations please. Grow the game above all else.
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20/03/2021 16:31:08 5 1
bbc
How about a second division playing in the Autumn each year with the winner becoming the sixth team replacing the bottom team in the previous six nations?
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Mal
20/03/2021 16:21:15 3 0
bbc
Italy really need a defence coach. But that tackle by the no.11 on the Scottish winger was awesome.
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20/03/2021 16:23:06 3 0
bbc
That situation was only going to go one way. Bet Graham felt the dread as that ball floated towards him.
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20/03/2021 16:20:48 9 2
bbc
Or relegation?
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20/03/2021 16:23:08 0 0
bbc
Yeap sorry
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20/03/2021 16:23:12 61 2
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Very competent and impressive performance from Scotland. Hoggy having fun at fly half, and Hamish Watson immense as usual! Just leaves us rueing discipline weakness against Wales & Ireland.
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20/03/2021 19:25:36 13 15
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Italy are no longer worthy of a place in the 6N.
Time for relegation and promotion to the 6N.
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20/03/2021 16:20:10 25 13
bbc
Why yet another England pundit at a non England match?

A particularly derogatory, derisive and disparaging one on this occasion too!
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20/03/2021 16:23:15 8 1
bbc
Why not? There is a Scottish pundit, an Italian pundit and a neutral pundit. Seems well balanced.
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20/03/2021 16:26:35 7 1
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There been a ‘neutral’ pundit at EVERY 6nations match NOT involving England.

Just so happens they’ve ALL been English. Not so ‘neutral’ after all eh......?
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20/03/2021 16:21:31 8 7
bbc
"English pundit", not "England pundit".
OK.. English tit. How about that? Removed
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Mal
20/03/2021 16:21:15 3 0
bbc
Italy really need a defence coach. But that tackle by the no.11 on the Scottish winger was awesome.
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20/03/2021 16:24:40 0 0
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27 missed tackle in the first half alone tells its own tale.
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20/03/2021 16:24:41 70 2
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Scotland only as good as they needed to be and there was some terrific ball movement throughout...Italy poor... Scotland bar 20mins against Ireland have been very good this tournament
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20/03/2021 19:39:05 11 0
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Scotland have been good this 6N. But you only beat England because you were better in the scrum........lineout.......breakdown.....open play........kicking...(dear god don’t get me going on our box kicking!). I’ve probably forgotten some other areas as well..... ;-)
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21/03/2021 17:21:20 0 1
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They were also poor in the second half against Wales.
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SV
20/03/2021 16:17:44 7 3
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Georgia haven’t lost a game in the REC since 2017 and won convincingly again today away in Russia 23 -6.

Italy haven’t won a game in the 6N since 2015 and lost heavily again today in Scotland 52 – 10.

We really need to see them play again – personally I would like to see 6N expand to seven to include Georgia but at the very least, why are the two teams not playing each other more regularly?
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20/03/2021 16:24:42 8 1
bbc
I think there should be a 2nd tier championship, with the winner of that playing bottom team of 6N for promotion.
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SV
20/03/2021 16:27:23 4 0
bbc
That would work too, anything that gives both a pathway for the other European teams and also puts the pressure on Italy to sort their house out.
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20/03/2021 16:37:03 2 0
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A relegation playoff might just be the very thing. Six nations would be interesting with a newly promoted team.
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20/03/2021 17:14:17 1 0
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There is; Georgia have won it for the last few years and before that it was always Romania who did
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20/03/2021 16:22:53 11 8
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Back to 5 nations please.
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SV
20/03/2021 16:24:44 13 7
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Increase to 7 Nations please. Grow the game above all else.
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20/03/2021 16:30:29 0 0
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They have had two decades to grow. Italy is not a rugby country so how is it going to grow?
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20/03/2021 16:41:38 0 1
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Growth has to be sustainable. Add a second Italy, and you may get lots of empty seats for those games they participate in.
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20/03/2021 19:29:24 1 0
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Then you would have two teams leaking 200 points, a team with no fixture each weekend, plus a longer tournament, impacting on the leagues. Dumb.
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20/03/2021 16:21:31 8 7
bbc
"English pundit", not "England pundit".
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20/03/2021 16:25:08 4 0
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Whatever...
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20/03/2021 16:24:41 70 2
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Scotland only as good as they needed to be and there was some terrific ball movement throughout...Italy poor... Scotland bar 20mins against Ireland have been very good this tournament
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20/03/2021 16:27:28 6 0
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Thanks punctuation Polis ??
Shame you didn’t miss this hys. FULL STOP. Removed
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20/03/2021 16:20:47 41 2
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Instead of talking about biscuits during the live report how about keeping us up to date on the game; like the fact that Scotland had changed their entire front row or that Alex Craig had come on to win his first cap.
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20/03/2021 16:26:17 4 2
bbc
So they do this nonsense on live feeds of other sports.

If you were a biscuit eating superhero etc
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20/03/2021 16:23:15 8 1
bbc
Why not? There is a Scottish pundit, an Italian pundit and a neutral pundit. Seems well balanced.
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20/03/2021 16:26:35 7 1
bbc
There been a ‘neutral’ pundit at EVERY 6nations match NOT involving England.

Just so happens they’ve ALL been English. Not so ‘neutral’ after all eh......?
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20/03/2021 16:26:58 8 0
bbc
yes decent enough performance and good to see Huw Jones back to near his best. Italy were very poor though
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20/03/2021 16:27:15 3 2
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Italy need to play teams at their level, what is the point of them being involved if they never win
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20/03/2021 16:48:50 0 0
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Points difference - if any of the other countries finish top with equal points ... probably.
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20/03/2021 16:24:42 8 1
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I think there should be a 2nd tier championship, with the winner of that playing bottom team of 6N for promotion.
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SV
20/03/2021 16:27:23 4 0
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That would work too, anything that gives both a pathway for the other European teams and also puts the pressure on Italy to sort their house out.
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Mal
20/03/2021 16:22:07 18 5
bbc
Investment.
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20/03/2021 16:27:26 3 2
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Relegation
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20/03/2021 16:27:28 6 0
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Thanks punctuation Polis ??
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Gaz
20/03/2021 16:27:28 7 2
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Italy were dire, spent too much of game down to 14 and then 13 men. Tackling from italy non existent and most club sides would have beaten italy today, relegation looms.
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20/03/2021 16:33:55 5 1
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The Clacton on Sea over 80s second XV would have beaten Italy today.
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20/03/2021 16:27:39 9 8
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Scotland - even against this Italian side were OUTSTANDING. Thoroughly deserve their 2nd in the Table, which looks like this, and it is quite beautiful:
P W L D
1 Wales 4 4 0 0
2 Scotland 4 2 2 0
3 Ireland 4 2 2 0
4 France 3 2 1 0
5 England 4 2 2 0
6 Italy 5 0 5 0
That Table is a REAL reflection of where the teams are, and NOT the voice of biased public opinion and conjecture.
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20/03/2021 16:36:05 3 1
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And the first chuckle brother has turned up...
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20/03/2021 16:28:02 27 1
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Got to feel for the Italians. They put their bodies on the line every game and get nothing for it but pain. On the positive side, they have a lot of youngsters in the team but a good few hammerings to come before any results. Scotland did what they had to do.
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20/03/2021 17:17:10 2 23
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Feel for them because they're utterly useless?
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21/03/2021 09:41:39 0 1
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Really? If it was not for them you would be bottom and wooden spoon holders most years.
What a prick Guscott is! Wish Barclay would just get up and belt him. BBC drop Guscott. Removed
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20/03/2021 16:41:45 3 4
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Sorry we don't need comments such as this,if you don't like him or his commentary etc then so be it but let's be civil eh?
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20/03/2021 16:49:49 0 0
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There wasn’t a lot of what he said that was wrong though.

Harsh maybe, but definitely not out of order.
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20/03/2021 16:28:20 3 7
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Can't wait until Italy are replaced by a country that can actually play rugby
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20/03/2021 16:29:00 3 6
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As much as I love going to Rome, Italy really must be relegated from the competition. They are not remotely competitive. Unfortunately, rugby's popularity in Italy just isn't there.
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21/03/2021 00:08:37 1 0
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Same number of professional rugby clubs as Scotland, and Italy has a larger pool of players than Scotland....
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20/03/2021 16:21:13 6 4
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Well played Scotland some excellent finishes and Hamish Watson again showed what a powerhouse he is, well worth a Lions Jersey.
As they say you can only play whats in front of you, but poorest performance from Italy this year, 3 yellows don't help but tackling seemed optional from them!
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20/03/2021 16:29:01 2 5
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Yes, you can only play what is in front of you - including the team, including the TMO, VAR, REF, Line/Touch judges, water carriers, the color of the grass, the paint on the sticks, etc., etc. Great advice - please remember it !!
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20/03/2021 16:29:12 6 3
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Italy need a break from the 6N. It’s just embarrassing for everyone right now.
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20/03/2021 16:31:22 0 1
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Needs 8 nation now with Canada and USA , stretch the market a bit ..have a go at least.
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20/03/2021 16:29:38 84 4
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Biggest question mark for me is why Townsend hasn’t trusted Huw Jones sooner.

Class last week and this.
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20/03/2021 19:19:58 27 3
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Because for 18 months his form was poor, his defence erratic, and couldn't even get a game for Glasgow. That all changed and he got his chance again. Hope that explains it for you.
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20/03/2021 19:34:12 3 1
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Lost out on WC place due to some key missed tackles and perceived defensive weakness. Harsh I thought as we missed his magic
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20/03/2021 20:24:42 1 3
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His defence is still honking and we don't have sufficient cover in behind for his persistent errors. Great strike runner but awful in defence.
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20/03/2021 23:01:35 2 0
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When he's on form, he's real class,. When he's off form, he can be a liability and he has been playing very inconsistently for the past year or so. Now he's coming back into some sort of form, so is well worth taking a chance on, but if he's going through a lean patch, he would be a risk too far.
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20/03/2021 16:29:51 2 0
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As entertaining and chaotic as Fiji, like we are the Harlem Gobstoppers of Rugby..I like it.
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20/03/2021 16:30:12 19 3
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Notice the ref on 32 mins. When the game was stopped,

He asked the Italian csptain

"Are you ready so we can restart the game"

At least he has learnt something.
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20/03/2021 16:32:22 10 16
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Nah- the refs have bottled it because of the court of public opinion. Nothing more, nothing less. He doesn't have to ask that at all. He's simply exercising a common courtesy, and I have to say, that was not offered to England and you have to wonder why.
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20/03/2021 16:34:00 0 1
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‘Galoise’ was his usual garrulous self. Is it compulsory for French refs to be incapable of setting a scrum first time?
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20/03/2021 16:34:42 1 2
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Oh dear there's a can of worms opened when it doesn't really need to be! But apparently there was nothing wrong with what he did to us!
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20/03/2021 16:36:39 5 2
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Only because England whinged, whinged and whinged some more.Now we’ll have mothers meetings galore every time a referee says speak to your players. So glad England are also rans and have absolutely no say whatsoever where the trophy is going to end up.
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Gaz
20/03/2021 16:45:06 1 1
bbc
Let it go, even if england come 5th when they lose to ireland.
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SV
20/03/2021 16:24:44 13 7
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Increase to 7 Nations please. Grow the game above all else.
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20/03/2021 16:30:29 0 0
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They have had two decades to grow. Italy is not a rugby country so how is it going to grow?
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SV
20/03/2021 17:43:24 0 0
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That's down to the Union in Italy to promote and grow the game - how did the game grow in other non-rugby countries like Georgia and Uruguay? How is the game growing in Spain? Follow what these countries are doing and achieve a strangle hold in the sporting market. Part of that would be playing countries more often that they had a chance of winning against.
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Mal
20/03/2021 16:21:15 3 0
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Italy really need a defence coach. But that tackle by the no.11 on the Scottish winger was awesome.
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Gaz
20/03/2021 16:30:41 0 2
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Because his from the antipodes
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20/03/2021 16:30:51 52 13
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Sack Jerry Guscott.
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20/03/2021 16:37:14 9 8
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May we ask why?
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20/03/2021 16:31:07 3 0
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Well played Scotland, professional job & always looked to play expansively.

Italy seem to have some deep problems & it’s too easy to lay blame at players & a young squad. Their coaching needs serious questions asked. Defense that passive is a coaching decision, go 7 points up & AGAIN immediately give up a pen for in front of the kicker @restart. 3rd or 4th time in 6N that’s a coaching issue.
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20/03/2021 16:36:13 0 3
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Looked to play expansively, as you say. Didn’t think they looked especially proficient at it, and frequently reverted to forwards.
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20/03/2021 16:22:53 11 8
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Back to 5 nations please.
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20/03/2021 16:31:08 5 1
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How about a second division playing in the Autumn each year with the winner becoming the sixth team replacing the bottom team in the previous six nations?
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20/03/2021 16:41:53 1 0
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A play off would, at the moment, be a better option. It would guarantee that the side playing in the 6N was indeed the best of the rest.

There already is a 2nd tier competition being played, all that’s needed is a one match play off winner of T2 vs bottom of 6N. I’d play it in the home of T2 winners to give them any slight advantage & to help raise the games profile in that country
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20/03/2021 16:29:12 6 3
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Italy need a break from the 6N. It’s just embarrassing for everyone right now.
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20/03/2021 16:31:22 0 1
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Needs 8 nation now with Canada and USA , stretch the market a bit ..have a go at least.
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20/03/2021 20:56:53 1 0
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It's still a possibility that the Springboks will join the party, so that would stretch the market & set the cat amongst the pigeons.
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cjb
20/03/2021 16:31:25 16 6
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Utterly woeful Italy

They contribute hee-haw to this competition apart from a good weekend in Rome, in better times.

Tournament being turned into a farce and something needs sorting. Either Italy need to improve, highly improbable as they appear to be going backward at rate knots, or they need to be taken out and return to 5N

The 6N experiment has been total failure.
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20/03/2021 16:31:30 1 4
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What back street bar in Marseille did they get that TMO from? Ioane rightly carded for an ILLEGAL tackle, ie legs above horizontal, but it wasn’t LATE as the plonker kept saying.
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20/03/2021 16:23:08 0 0
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Yeap sorry
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20/03/2021 16:31:59 39 5
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still have no idea how they lost to wales
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20/03/2021 16:32:59 12 101
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Wales scored more points and were better man for man. Simple really.
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Gaz
20/03/2021 16:33:53 6 6
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Conceded 4 tries may be a small clue.
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20/03/2021 17:02:58 6 19
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Wales better side , game was draw at the sending off , big of a red herring the sending off. Best team won end of - look at the table.
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20/03/2021 18:27:54 0 1
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Probably because they're Scotland?
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BDS
20/03/2021 19:20:48 2 1
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Or Ireland...didn't watch the Wales vs England game but against Ireland and Scotland....they were pretty lucky. They'll either lose by 50 points against France or win by 1 or 2
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21/03/2021 14:29:43 3 0
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Because we were stupid and arrogantly declined points when we were well ahead. Had we done what Ireland did against England by kicking penalties then we would have been nine points further ahead of Wales before we lost our player and could easily have seen out the match. Scotland should have won all four matches. Ridiculous decision making cost us against Wales andappalling refereeing v Ireland.
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20/03/2021 16:20:10 25 13
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Why yet another England pundit at a non England match?

A particularly derogatory, derisive and disparaging one on this occasion too!
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20/03/2021 16:32:00 1 1
bbc
Build a bridge etc
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Mal
20/03/2021 16:22:07 18 5
bbc
Investment.
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20/03/2021 16:32:21 2 0
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Force Italians to like rugby?
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20/03/2021 16:30:12 19 3
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Notice the ref on 32 mins. When the game was stopped,

He asked the Italian csptain

"Are you ready so we can restart the game"

At least he has learnt something.
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20/03/2021 16:32:22 10 16
bbc
Nah- the refs have bottled it because of the court of public opinion. Nothing more, nothing less. He doesn't have to ask that at all. He's simply exercising a common courtesy, and I have to say, that was not offered to England and you have to wonder why.
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20/03/2021 16:32:35 14 9
bbc
Points difference of - 182 for Italy in 5 games. Utterly pathetic 'performance' and time to drop them from the competition.
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20/03/2021 16:32:44 146 8
bbc
Could Premiership Rugby please do the decent thing and agree NOW to release Scotland players for next week’s game?
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20/03/2021 16:59:30 99 10
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The decent thing is for France to take responsibility for their actions. Others should not be messed around as a result without France taking any penalty whatsoever.
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20/03/2021 17:00:31 40 1
bbc
I agree, but ultimately it’s the 6 Nations that need to stump up.

Would be a disgrace for the non-offending team (Scotland) to be penalised like this.
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20/03/2021 17:09:34 16 2
bbc
It might depend on the result of the France v Wales game. If Wales win, the clubs will see no point in releasing players as the game will not matter. If France win, it will be difficult because it would seem unfair that they profit in the last and vital game, due to their own failures.
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BTS
20/03/2021 17:38:56 3 10
bbc
I'd be surprised if any Premiership clubs felt compelled to help Wales after the WRU's artificial home grown-rules were implemented a few years ago - essentially stealing some of the Prem clubs' best players.
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20/03/2021 17:41:31 0 10
bbc
Simple really Premiership clubs get fined if they release players outside international windows.
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20/03/2021 22:21:26 6 0
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Premiership players are to be released.
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21/03/2021 01:00:34 4 0
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They have. All of Scotland's squad are available. It was announced at half time in the Wales France game
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20/03/2021 16:31:59 39 5
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still have no idea how they lost to wales
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20/03/2021 16:32:59 12 101
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Wales scored more points and were better man for man. Simple really.
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20/03/2021 16:35:13 12 4
bbc
watched a different game to me then
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20/03/2021 16:35:26 17 6
bbc
Wales got unbelievably lucky with the sending off.

Happily the Welsh luck runs out tonight....
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20/03/2021 16:35:32 14 3
bbc
Yep...Wales are pretty good against 14 men.
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20/03/2021 16:40:33 22 5
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Were they? You watch the game? Pretty sure Wales have got them into this position with a rub of the green! Ireland should have beat Wales till the red, Scotland would have till the red. Any rugby fan knows these decisions handed Wales the points
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20/03/2021 17:40:07 2 2
bbc
They really weren’t. They simply benefitted from capricious refereeing.
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20/03/2021 19:16:55 0 0
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Thanks I needed a good laugh, keep these wisecracks coming
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20/03/2021 19:31:48 3 1
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No, they weren't. The sending off played a massive part in that game. Interesting to note that Aki today was sent off by the same referee for a similar poor decision
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20/03/2021 22:13:15 0 0
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But that's simply not true, is it. Maybe darts or hockey's your game. Never mind.
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20/03/2021 16:33:17 1 2
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Surely, we need to go back to FIVE Nations but with a second division. Italy, Romania, Perhaps Georgia, and a couple of others. I'd like to add Japan or Argentina, but they are too far away to keep coming over for games. Italy are good at times, but as far as I can see, a lot of their team are people from places like NZ who weren't good enough for the All Blacks, and whose mum bought a pizza.
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20/03/2021 16:33:22 8 6
bbc
Italy are a joke, 6N seriously needs some kind of relegation system
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20/03/2021 16:33:41 8 0
bbc
"Players bounce of VDM like Obelisk flinging aside centurions!"...
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20/03/2021 16:31:59 39 5
bbc
still have no idea how they lost to wales
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Gaz
20/03/2021 16:33:53 6 6
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Conceded 4 tries may be a small clue.
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Gaz
20/03/2021 16:27:28 7 2
bbc
Italy were dire, spent too much of game down to 14 and then 13 men. Tackling from italy non existent and most club sides would have beaten italy today, relegation looms.
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20/03/2021 16:33:55 5 1
bbc
The Clacton on Sea over 80s second XV would have beaten Italy today.
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20/03/2021 16:33:57 19 0
bbc
Well played Scotland a very solid win. Huw Jones particularly impressive and makes me wonder if he is one of the joneses from Ponty.
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20/03/2021 16:46:20 7 3
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He's not
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20/03/2021 19:30:41 0 1
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Born in Musselburgh
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20/03/2021 16:30:12 19 3
bbc
Notice the ref on 32 mins. When the game was stopped,

He asked the Italian csptain

"Are you ready so we can restart the game"

At least he has learnt something.
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20/03/2021 16:34:00 0 1
bbc
‘Galoise’ was his usual garrulous self. Is it compulsory for French refs to be incapable of setting a scrum first time?
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20/03/2021 16:30:12 19 3
bbc
Notice the ref on 32 mins. When the game was stopped,

He asked the Italian csptain

"Are you ready so we can restart the game"

At least he has learnt something.
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20/03/2021 16:34:42 1 2
bbc
Oh dear there's a can of worms opened when it doesn't really need to be! But apparently there was nothing wrong with what he did to us!
You missed a full stop. Removed
You missed your mouth. Removed
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20/03/2021 16:34:43 6 8
bbc
Would be better getting rid of this woeful Italian side and inviting South Africa instead.
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20/03/2021 16:40:30 2 0
bbc
Cant be done pal Springboks are in their own annual competition The Rugby Championship with Australia, New Zealand and Argentina. That's a competition that would do well to include Japan. Though I think we all agree Italy at moment are a mess.
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20/03/2021 16:34:50 49 7
bbc
6 Nations need to re-schedule the France vs Scotland game for a weekend when the strongest players from both teams are available. English Premiership teams will not release Scotland players this Friday and Racing 92 will not release Finn Russell. Shame it can’t be sorted for Friday, so only choice is to rearrange or tournament loses value.
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20/03/2021 16:37:24 1 49
bbc
This HYS would gain value if you abstained from commenting. Just sayin'
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Ken
20/03/2021 16:56:03 5 1
bbc
Racing are real easing Russell EPL refused to release players may depend on where England are this evening.
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20/03/2021 17:39:25 1 4
bbc
They really don't. Lucky its being played at all
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20/03/2021 17:57:07 3 1
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You mean just like the time that Ireland called off the match against England during the foot and mouth crisis and then played it months later when England couldn’t put their strongest team out and cost a grand slam?.
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20/03/2021 18:46:40 1 3
bbc
Russell is out for head injury.
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20/03/2021 18:56:05 6 0
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Racing 92 have confirmed that Finn will be released to play on Friday.
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20/03/2021 16:32:59 12 101
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Wales scored more points and were better man for man. Simple really.
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20/03/2021 16:35:13 12 4
bbc
watched a different game to me then
Nah - same game but cleaned my glasses and not suffering from COVID brain fog. Removed
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20/03/2021 16:21:31 8 7
bbc
"English pundit", not "England pundit".
comma inside parentheses please, and not outside it. Removed
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20/03/2021 16:39:05 0 0
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I suggest you look up what parentheses are. I did not use them.
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20/03/2021 16:32:59 12 101
bbc
Wales scored more points and were better man for man. Simple really.
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20/03/2021 16:35:26 17 6
bbc
Wales got unbelievably lucky with the sending off.

Happily the Welsh luck runs out tonight....
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20/03/2021 17:03:25 3 14
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Still beat Scotland though
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20/03/2021 16:32:59 12 101
bbc
Wales scored more points and were better man for man. Simple really.
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20/03/2021 16:35:32 14 3
bbc
Yep...Wales are pretty good against 14 men.
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20/03/2021 16:40:22 3 12
bbc
You can only play what's in front of you and if the opposition want to volunteer and get a player sent off or sin-binned, then its smiles all round from this club - and rock on baby - rock on !!
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Gaz
20/03/2021 17:33:39 0 1
bbc
But scotland ar better against 13 men
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20/03/2021 18:56:13 0 0
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14 men and a reckless thug...
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20/03/2021 16:27:39 9 8
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Scotland - even against this Italian side were OUTSTANDING. Thoroughly deserve their 2nd in the Table, which looks like this, and it is quite beautiful:
P W L D
1 Wales 4 4 0 0
2 Scotland 4 2 2 0
3 Ireland 4 2 2 0
4 France 3 2 1 0
5 England 4 2 2 0
6 Italy 5 0 5 0
That Table is a REAL reflection of where the teams are, and NOT the voice of biased public opinion and conjecture.
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-_-
20/03/2021 16:36:05 3 1
bbc
And the first chuckle brother has turned up...
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20/03/2021 16:53:11 0 0
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As has the second I see
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bbc
Dear BBC why do we have to suffer Jeremy Guscott talking absolute drivel when England aren’t even involved in the match being covered. All he tried to do was wind up John Barclay, who’s retorts were spot on. Removed
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20/03/2021 16:31:07 3 0
bbc
Well played Scotland, professional job & always looked to play expansively.

Italy seem to have some deep problems & it’s too easy to lay blame at players & a young squad. Their coaching needs serious questions asked. Defense that passive is a coaching decision, go 7 points up & AGAIN immediately give up a pen for in front of the kicker @restart. 3rd or 4th time in 6N that’s a coaching issue.
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20/03/2021 16:36:13 0 3
bbc
Looked to play expansively, as you say. Didn’t think they looked especially proficient at it, and frequently reverted to forwards.
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20/03/2021 16:36:30 0 12
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Italy/Georgia etc should be allowed to pick some ringers.
Players with no qualification to play for them, but who haven't been called up by the other teams. It could be one-off callups with the player still free to play for normal country afterwards.
It would help compensate for their reduced ability to benefit from the residency selection rule due to the limited domestic finances.
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20/03/2021 16:30:12 19 3
bbc
Notice the ref on 32 mins. When the game was stopped,

He asked the Italian csptain

"Are you ready so we can restart the game"

At least he has learnt something.
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20/03/2021 16:36:39 5 2
bbc
Only because England whinged, whinged and whinged some more.Now we’ll have mothers meetings galore every time a referee says speak to your players. So glad England are also rans and have absolutely no say whatsoever where the trophy is going to end up.
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20/03/2021 17:11:08 1 1
bbc
Pr@
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20/03/2021 16:24:42 8 1
bbc
I think there should be a 2nd tier championship, with the winner of that playing bottom team of 6N for promotion.
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20/03/2021 16:37:03 2 0
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A relegation playoff might just be the very thing. Six nations would be interesting with a newly promoted team.
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SV
20/03/2021 16:57:04 1 0
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Completely agree with this. Here's hoping Italy and Georgia play again soon, the last fixture in Florence was a close one with Italy winning 27-18, but I think the result would be different now.
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20/03/2021 16:30:51 52 13
bbc
Sack Jerry Guscott.
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20/03/2021 16:37:14 9 8
bbc
May we ask why?
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JWG
20/03/2021 17:16:50 5 1
bbc
He’s a male chicken; always has been.
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20/03/2021 17:33:41 26 1
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Lazy journalist (if you can call him that); always jumps on a soundbite and rarely has anything insightful to say. Being a good player does not make one a good pundit. Same goes for Jiffy.
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20/03/2021 20:30:45 14 1
bbc
I think everyone has responded adequately. I hope this clarifies matters for you.
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20/03/2021 23:03:57 14 0
bbc
Because he's an embittered soul whose comments reflect personal prejudice rather than fair comment on the match.
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20/03/2021 16:37:17 0 8
bbc
Why humiliate Italy?............Show REAL CLASS Scotland and show a bit of compassionate savvy for the Italians.
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20/03/2021 16:34:50 49 7
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6 Nations need to re-schedule the France vs Scotland game for a weekend when the strongest players from both teams are available. English Premiership teams will not release Scotland players this Friday and Racing 92 will not release Finn Russell. Shame it can’t be sorted for Friday, so only choice is to rearrange or tournament loses value.
85
20/03/2021 16:37:24 1 49
bbc
This HYS would gain value if you abstained from commenting. Just sayin'
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20/03/2021 16:47:54 8 0
bbc
Pot meet kettle. Just sayin'
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20/03/2021 16:37:45 18 3
bbc
Played Scotland, you can only beat what's in front of you. Sorry but Italy need to take a break from the 6Ns, lovely country, lovely venues but sadly not in the same league.
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20/03/2021 16:38:23 2 25
bbc
I thought Scotland were awful today - didn’t play with conviction lacked direction and again glosses over a poor 6 nations - maybe time to think about not having a Scotland squad
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20/03/2021 16:41:06 2 1
bbc
Explain
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20/03/2021 16:42:27 3 0
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Allez Les Bleus!
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20/03/2021 16:42:32 7 2
bbc
Usually I'd support any home nation going for a GS against France. In this case though I hope France win because a Welsh GS would be a travesty after the luck and decisions they've had this year.
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20/03/2021 16:46:34 3 0
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Get that fishing line in. I suppose if Scotland weren't playing it would be one less team to beat England.
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Ken
20/03/2021 16:52:07 0 0
bbc
Get a grip Boyo. WUM of the thread.
Found a moron Removed
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20/03/2021 16:39:01 1 0
bbc
Have we got a ref who can answer this? Used to be that if you took your pen from wrong mark it was scrum to opposition, now you get a second bite. Has the Law changed?
comma inside parentheses please, and not outside it. Removed
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20/03/2021 16:39:05 0 0
bbc
I suggest you look up what parentheses are. I did not use them.
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20/03/2021 16:46:29 0 0
bbc
Ah! Good one! Please use a comma inside the quotation marks, please.
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20/03/2021 16:39:24 3 2
bbc
Just dump Italy before next year's games. Absolutely useless and an embarrassment to everyone .
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20/03/2021 16:35:32 14 3
bbc
Yep...Wales are pretty good against 14 men.
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20/03/2021 16:40:22 3 12
bbc
You can only play what's in front of you and if the opposition want to volunteer and get a player sent off or sin-binned, then its smiles all round from this club - and rock on baby - rock on !!
545
20/03/2021 22:58:30 0 0
bbc
Lots of French fans are nodding in agreement tonight with your wise words....
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20/03/2021 16:34:43 6 8
bbc
Would be better getting rid of this woeful Italian side and inviting South Africa instead.
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20/03/2021 16:40:30 2 0
bbc
Cant be done pal Springboks are in their own annual competition The Rugby Championship with Australia, New Zealand and Argentina. That's a competition that would do well to include Japan. Though I think we all agree Italy at moment are a mess.
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20/03/2021 17:01:17 1 0
bbc
Rugby has, so far, been split NH/SH.

As such Japan would & should be given their chance, if it comes, in a 6 or 7N. On playing level alone they’ve shown they’d be more than capable of competing.

If the RC is to expand Fiji deserve 1st chance at that with, perhaps, a T2 tournament for Samoa, Tonga, Uruguay,Chile and Namibia competing for playoff vs bottom of RC.
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20/03/2021 22:00:08 1 0
bbc
South Africa's participation in the S/H Championship is, to the best of my knowledge, over. An amicable divorce.
The issue was time zones & Europe, time zone wise, is being investigated as an alternative.
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20/03/2021 16:32:59 12 101
bbc
Wales scored more points and were better man for man. Simple really.
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20/03/2021 16:40:33 22 5
bbc
Were they? You watch the game? Pretty sure Wales have got them into this position with a rub of the green! Ireland should have beat Wales till the red, Scotland would have till the red. Any rugby fan knows these decisions handed Wales the points
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20/03/2021 17:03:53 0 4
bbc
What was the score at the red card?
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ben
20/03/2021 16:40:42 1 1
bbc
Was a time Scotland competed with Italy for the wooden spoon.

No point Italy being in the 6 nations. Just making up the numbers and occasionally a how many points tie breaker.
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20/03/2021 16:35:13 12 4
bbc
watched a different game to me then
Nah - same game but cleaned my glasses and not suffering from COVID brain fog. Removed
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20/03/2021 16:48:23 6 4
bbc
good for you. I genuinely thought wales were abject hence why I'm still confused by it all
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20/03/2021 16:38:23 2 25
bbc
I thought Scotland were awful today - didn’t play with conviction lacked direction and again glosses over a poor 6 nations - maybe time to think about not having a Scotland squad
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ben
bbc
Removed
87
20/03/2021 16:38:23 2 25
bbc
I thought Scotland were awful today - didn’t play with conviction lacked direction and again glosses over a poor 6 nations - maybe time to think about not having a Scotland squad
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20/03/2021 16:41:06 2 1
bbc
Explain
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20/03/2021 16:53:46 0 2
bbc
It was a win but they didn’t look a quality international side - they lack basic skills and line out and scrum were poor
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SV
20/03/2021 16:24:44 13 7
bbc
Increase to 7 Nations please. Grow the game above all else.
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20/03/2021 16:41:38 0 1
bbc
Growth has to be sustainable. Add a second Italy, and you may get lots of empty seats for those games they participate in.
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20/03/2021 16:41:45 0 10
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Italy should be given a break from the six nations and let Romania in. There is such a bias against the Italian side from referees it is ridiculous. All thru the championship Italy have players yellow carded for offences referees have let their opponents get away with.
Scotland should be ashamed of their performance considering they had at times a three player advantage.
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SV
20/03/2021 16:49:00 2 0
bbc
Why would you let Romania in? Georgia are clearly the best side in the REC, they haven't lost a match in the tournament since 2017.
What a prick Guscott is! Wish Barclay would just get up and belt him. BBC drop Guscott. Removed
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20/03/2021 16:41:45 3 4
bbc
Sorry we don't need comments such as this,if you don't like him or his commentary etc then so be it but let's be civil eh?