Danielli quick to make his name

Scotland 47 Italy 15
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Three tries in each half gave lift-off to Scotland's World Cup preparations at Murrayfield. A decent-sized Edinburgh crowd were rewarded for eschewing an afternoon at the Festival with the impressive debutant on the right wing, Simon Danielli, among the Scottish scorers.

The Scots lost Kenny Logan and Robbie Russell to injuries, but neither knock was deemed serious, leaving both in contention for Wales next Saturday and Ireland at home the week after.

Scotland looked fit and cohesive, and fly-half Gordon Ross opened with two penalty goals to one from Ramiro Pez. The first try arrived on 18 minutes as the Scots swept from right to left for Tom Smith to send Jason White over. Italy responded with flanker Scott Palmer scoring their first try, but their full-back, Gert Peens, went to the sin bin for diving into a ruck, and 17 Scottish points were scored in his absence.

A third penalty by Ross, who presented a solid case at No 10, preceded two more tries, from Jim McLaren and Mike Blair. Italy worked the try of the match for Nicola Mazzucato, but Ross cut through to make it 33-15 and Danielli and Brendan Laney finished the job.