Italy vs Scotland: In the Six Nations, even worse.Scotland vs Italy has lost its last 17 tests, 10 of them under O’Shea. If, as everyone predicts, Italy loses again on Saturday to Scotland at Italy va Scotland Murrayfield, that’ll be No. 18, and the RBS Six Nations championship’s new standard of despair. Italy will leave behind the France team of 1911-20.
Like tortured veterans retelling the horrors of conflict, delve into the recesses of a Scottish rugby supporter’s mind and there will lurk deep reservoirs of sorrow inflicted by Italian tormentors.No Scot wants or needs to relive these harrowing days but here are the cliff-notes.
In 2000, Scotland were reigning Five Nations champions. Italy, un-fancied tournament greenhorns expected to take their spankings and be bloody well grateful for their seat at the top table. Of course, their grinning little provocateur Diego Dominguez and his band of warriors had other ideas, and duly walloped their illustrious guests 34-20.
There was an insipid Rome loss in 2004, in the midst of Scotland’s most depressing championship in a generation. The hideous, stomach-churning show of self-harm in 2007 when Scotland quite literally threw away three tries in six minutes, setting Italy on their merry way to a first away win in championship history.