Scotland v Italy, Murrayfield, August 20
Scotland set sights on Italy
ESPNscrum Staff
August 15, 2011
Scotland's Max Evans is tackled by Italy's Andrea Bacchetti, Scotland v Italy, Six Nations, Murrayfield, Edinburgh, Scotland, February 28, 2009
Scotland's Max Evans is tackled by Italy's Andrea Bacchetti during their clash at Murrayfield in 2009 © Getty Images

Scotland tackle Italy at Murrayfield on Saturday looking for back-to-back victories over their European rivals.

A 21-8 victory in Edinburgh during this year's Six Nations saw the Scots stretch their advantage in the all-time stats to 11 wins opposed to the Azzurri's six.

However, Italy have had the better of their most recent encounters with victories in 2007 (their only success at Murrayfield), 2008 and 2010.

Scotland claimed a 29-22 victory in their first official Test clash in 1996 and they can also boast a Rugby World Cup pool match victory at Saint Etienne in 2007.

Scotland hold the record for the highest score, the biggest winning margin and highest try-return of the series. They won 47-15 and scored six tries at Murrayfield when the sides met in a World Cup warm-up match in August 2003. Italy's best result is their 37-17 Six Nations win at Murrayfield in 2007, when they scored four tries.

Diego Dominguez, with 29 points for Italy in Rome in 2000, holds the series record for most points scored in a match. Brendan Laney scored 24 for Scotland, also in Rome, in 2002.

Kenny Logan set the record for most tries in a match, scoring two for Scotland when the sides first met, at Murrayfield, in 1996. Luca Martin crossed twice for Italy there in 1999.

Logan also heads the list of try scorers for the overall series, crossing four times in six appearances between 1996 and 2003. Six Italians, including the Bergamasco brothers, have scored two tries in the matches.

The other major records for the fixture include Chris Paterson's overall tally of 118 points from 12 appearances, both record marks, compared with 94 for Italy by Diego Dominguez.

Mirco Bergamasco has played 12 times for Italy. The only player dismissed during a Scotland-Italy match was Massimo Giovanelli at Murrayfield in 1999.

  • Click here for Scotland's complete Test record in Statsguru

  • Click here for Italy's complete Test record in Statsguru

  • Click here for Scotland's record against Italy at Murrayfield in Statsguru

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