Italy vs Scotland
Competition: June Rugby Internationals
Date: 10 June 2017
Kick-off: 14:00 CET
Italy and Scotland are usual foes, facing off against each other on a yearly basis through the Six Nations, but what makes this encounter more interesting is that the home advantage is made null as the game is being hosted in Singapore.
Scotland have been a team that is slowly improving and becoming more of a threat in world rugby. They looked far better in the Six Nations, and made a bit of a move up the table, but still battled against some of the bigger boys in the Northern Hemisphere. Winning, and claiming victories, are still an issue, but their game play and their abilities have improved vastly under Vern Cotter. They do have a new coach this season, another Scot, but the foundation built will see them play some attractive rugby. Italy are a team they know well, and a team they know how to beat, but Italy are also a team that have had a magical touch recently, it will not e as asy to win this game as previous ones, especially in Singapore.
For the Italians, they have had a few tricks taught to them through their Irish coach, as well as their consultant coach Brendan Venter from South Africa. They managed to disrupt the might England and Eddie Jones with a few clever tactics, and again, although they did not win as many games as they could have, they were much more of a threat and a clever team. Against a team like Scotland, they also of course know them well, and they will feel as a familiar foe from the Six Nations, they will eye them as the easiest of the other five to beat. Italy do not have their secret weapon Venter, as he is with the Springboks, which means they will have to be at their best by themselves, but it will be an interesting game to start things off on.
Italy vs Scotland: Head-to-Head Stats
In the last 10 results between these usual opponents, Scotland have a very healthy lead, winning eight of them. In fact, with both the teams looking like they are getting better, the results have actually got better for Scotland as they have won with a 16, 29 and 41 point margin.
Italy vs Scotland: Prediction
The Italian do need a lot of work, and a lot of constant attention, but they have the potential. However, so do Scotland, and Scotland are grabbing their chances. Expect this to be a bit of a walk in the park for the Scots, they will enjoy beating Italy as well as it will be a mental edge for when the Six Nations does roll around.
Italy vs Scotland: Tips
Scotland have one of the most exciting backline in the Northern Hemisphere, so back the likes of Finn Russell, Tim Visser and Alex Dunbar to get tries.