Rugby

Scotland put two years of misery behind them with emphatic Italy win

Cometh the hour, cometh the man. Scotland ended a wretched run of nine successive Six Nations defeats – their worst run in the Championship since the early 1950s – with a victory founded on the nerveless goalkicking of their captain Greig Laidlaw.  The Gloucester scrum-half has had his detractors at times, but his four penalties in a 20-minute spell here in the second half were the dagger blows that took the game away from an Italian team surely now destined for the wooden spoon. 

Wasps 51 - 10 Leinster: Daly lights touchpaper for Wasps

While it cannot be ignored that Leinster, the three-time European champions, were out of contention before start of play, Wasps’ brilliant victory at the Ricoh Arena yesterday put down another impressive marker for Dai Young’s team. They were dashing and controlled in equal measure, and the 2004 and 2007 winners sailed through to the quarter-finals of the European Cup on a wave of seven tries.