Italy sets record with 18th straight Six Nations loss

Scotland Under-20 coach Carl Hogg has selected a cosmopolitan team to face Italy

Scotland Under-20 coach Carl Hogg has selected a cosmopolitan team to face Italy

In those 18 straight Six Nations defeats, the Italians are averaging more than 40 points conceded per match.

Kinghorn's hat-trick is the first in the championship for Scotland since Iwan Tukalo's against Ireland in 1989, but their second this season after Tommy Seymour bagged three tries against Fiji in November.

That victory back in 2015 was Italy's last Six Nations win, beating Scotland to avoid the wooden spoon.

"Against quality opposition like Ireland, we can't release a Test match like that", said Townsend.

Sergio Parisse cited Italy's lack of possession as a key factor after his record-breaking 66th appearance in the competition was soured by defeat.

Expectation levels in Gregor Townsend's Scotland have risen over the last few months as a result of both Edinburgh and Glasgow reaching the quarter-finals of the Champions Cup.

With ball in hand, Hogg is one of the most risky players in the tournament who can turn the smallest of gaps in a defensive line into a try-scoring opportunity.

Despite falling behind, Scotland bounced back immediately after the restart with the games first try through Kinghorn who raced to the line following an inch-perfect crossfield kick from the mercurial Finn Russell.

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A chip and chase up the right wing would have earned Scotland a second minute try had Italy full-back Jayden Hayward not rushed across to hack the ball into touch.

Kinghorn and Stuart Hogg also stretched Italy's defence but it was the visitors who scored first, former Scotland Under-20 worldwide Tommaso Allan landing a ninth minute penalty.

Josh Strauss and Laidlaw smartly switched the direction of an attack, with Kinghorn going over in the left corner after Russell, debutant centre Sam Johnson and Hogg combined in a slick handling move.

But Scotland were eager to take care of business, and did just that as Hogg applied downward pressure on Russell's kick-through.

Laidlaw converted, and although Palazzani made a surprise clean break for Italy, he knocked on close to the line after a McInally tackle and Scotland were able to clear from the scrum.

The winger went over again 10 minutes later after captain Greig Laidlaw shifted the ball to the left after a turnover and it went through several hands before Kinghorn crossed over.

Down to 14 men, after Simon Berghan was sent to the sin bin, the Scots suddenly went off the boil and allowed Italy to turn a 33-3 deficit into a much more respectable scoreline.

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