Italy eye another Murrayfield victory
March 14, 2011
Scotland's Max Evans is tackled by Italy's Andrea Bacchetti during their clash at Murrayfield in 2009 © Getty Images
Scotland play host to Italy at Murrayfield this weekend looking to reassert their dominance in what has become a keenly-contested fixture.
The two sides meet for the 17th time with the Azzurri having had the better of their most recent encounters with victories in 2007, 2008 and 2010. However, the Scots did prevent a hat-trick of defeats with a 26-6 victory in their last Murrayfield clash in 2009 and they can also boast a Rugby World Cup pool match victory at Saint Etienne in 2007.
Scotland claimed a 29-22 victory in their first official Test clash in 1996 in a major Test and lead the overall stats with 10 victories to the Italians 6 although that advantage is reduced to just one game 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 107 points from 11 appearances (compared with 94 for Italy by Diego Dominguez), and Scott Murray's 11 appearances (1998 to 2007) in the series. Paterson and Simon Taylor have also played 11 times.
Scotland-Italy Six Nations results:
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