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Rugby Union: 4-1 Italy claim stunning win at Murrayfield.



Byline: By Graham Woods

ITALY, 4-1 underdogs at Murrayfield yesterday, recorded only their third Six Nations victory, and their first away from home, with a stunning 37-17 trouncing of Scotland.

In an incredible start, Italy scored three tries inside six minutes, the first from a chargeddown kick and the second two from interceptions.

Scotland had started the match as 1.3 favourites on Betfair, but at 21-0 up it was the Azzurri trading at that price.

The Scots forced their way back to 24-10 at half-time and were within a single score at 24-17 on the hour mark, but were hit by two penalties and a 75th-minute try from man of the match Alessandro Troncon Alessandro Troncon (born 6 September 1973 in Treviso) is an Italian rugby union player.

Troncon has made more test appearances than any other player in Italian rugby union history.
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Italy had been 4-11 at the outset to pick up the wooden spoon, but their win moves them above Scotland on points difference.

Antepost favourites Ireland kept their hopes alive with a 43-13 demolition of England at Croke Park Croke Park (Irish: Páirc an Chrócaigh) in Dublin, Ireland is the largest sports stadium in Ireland and the principal stadium and headquarters of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), Ireland's biggest sporting organisation. . Although Jonny Wilkinson Jonathan Peter Wilkinson OBE (born 25 May 1979 in Frimley, Surrey) is an English rugby union player and member of the England national team. From 2001-2003, before and during the 2003 Rugby World Cup, Wilkinson rose to fame for being one of the world’s best rugby players.  was passed fit for England, the home side grabbed two tries in the first half for a 23-3 lead and never looked back.

If leaders France overcame Wales in Paris last night, Ireland's hope now must be for an England win over Les Bleus ''Les Bleus is often used in a French sporting context, and in particular may refer to:
  • France national football team
  • France national rugby union team
 at Twickenham in a fortnight as the big margin of victory has boosted Ireland's points difference considerably.

Gloucester were the big beneficiaries on a weekend in which three of the top four sides in the Premiership lost.

Leicester, no better than 1-7 to beat second-bottom Worcester, were edged out 10-9 in their first defeat at Welford Road for more than two years.

However, Bristol's defeat at Harlequins keeps the Tigers a point clear and they are evens to hold on to top spot.
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Feb 25, 2007
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