Scotland out to avoid Wooden finish
March 12, 2012
Scotland's Nikki Walker celebrates a try against Italy in 2011 © Getty Images
Italy host Scotland at the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday, with the Wooden Spoon again dominating the build-up to what has become a keenly-contested Six Nations rivalry.
The two sides meet for the 18th time, with both enjoying success in recent seasons. The Azzurri picked up victories in 2007, 2008 and 2010, while the Scots prevented a hat-trick of defeats with a 26-6 victory in 2009. In 2011 they returned to Murrayfield and prevailed 21-8 in the Six Nations before a 23-12 win in a Rugby World Cup warm-up match.
Scotland claimed a 29-22 victory in their first official Test clash in 1996 and lead the overall stats with 12 victories to the Italians' six, although that advantage is reduced to just two games in the history of the Championship.
Scotland hold the record for the highest score, the biggest winning margin and highest try-return of the series. They won 47-15 and scored six tries at Murrayfield when the sides met in a World Cup warm-up match in August 2003. Italy's best result is their 37-17 Six Nations win at Murrayfield in 2007, when they scored four tries.
Logan also heads the list of try scorers for the overall series, crossing four times in six appearances between 1996 and 2003. Five Italians, including the Bergamasco brothers, have scored two tries in the matches.
The other major records for the fixture include Chris Paterson's overall tally of 118 points from a record 12 appearances, compared with 94 for Italy by Diego Dominguez.
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