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Take over Italy lifts stress, says Scotland boss Townsend

Take over Italy lifts stress, says Scotland boss Townsend

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Six Countries 2020: Scotland ease previous Italy in Rome

Scotland can now play with the “stress lifted” after a gritty first Six Countries take in opposition to Italy, says head coach Gregor Townsend.

Tries from Stuart Hogg, Chris Harris and Adam Hastings earned a 17-0 take.

It came after defeats by Ireland and England with out scoring a strive, on the assist of a unhappy World Cup marketing campaign.

“I would handle to think we would lope into our final two games with any stress that can also had been on our shoulders lifted,” Townsend instructed BBC Scotland.

“Per chance we didn’t play as fluently, partly attributable to of the style Italy had been enjoying, but also possibly attributable to we knew how most well-known a game and consequence became once for us to now kick on within the championship.”

In a scrappy match with 17 turnovers, Scotland saved Italy scoreless, having handiest conceded one strive in opposition to each and each Ireland and England.

Townsend paid credit to defence coach Steve Tandy, who modified Matt Taylor almost at present sooner than the tournament, and believes the take can provide a platform for the final two fits of the tournament.

They host France at Murrayfield in two weeks’ time sooner than ending in opposition to Wales in Cardiff.

“The efficiency wasn’t most animated by any diagram, but the defence became once practically most animated if that you just can in actual fact non-public a 0 in opposition to you,” he added.

“Must you defend essentially the most easy bits of assault from this game and the Ireland game and place that together we can also even be a staunch probability for France, and Wales the following week.”

Hogg’s very excellent particular individual effort opened the scoring in Rome, offering the suitable response to costly errors by the Scotland captain within the final two fits.

“It became once world class,” Townsend said of the strive. “He practically had yet every other with about a identical line breaks within the 2d half.

“He’s been fleshy of certain energy and proven apt management thru a difficult time shedding games and there are different distractions.”