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Summary

  1. FT: Italy 13-34 Scotland
  2. Price, Visser, Ford (2) & Hoyland tries for Scots
  3. Campagnaro & Esposito crossed for Italy
  4. Gregor Townsend's first match in charge of Scots

Live Reporting

By Andy Burke

All times stated are UK

Townsend's Scots off to winning start

FT: Italy 13-34 Scotland

So it's job done for Gregor Townsend and his players as they open their summer tour with a five-try victory over Italy.

The heat and humidity in Singapore proved problematic at times but the Scots stuck to their game-plan and got their reward through tries from Ross Ford (2), Ali Price, Tim Visser and Damien Hoyland.

Next it's on to Sydney to take on Australia next Saturday. Do join us then.

Thanks for your company today.

Scotland players
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'I've doubled my tries record'

FT: Italy 13-34 Scotland

“It was ok for a first hit-out. We said all week we wanted to play with a pace and a tempo that the opposition would find difficult which I think we did to begin with. We maybe fell off a bit midway through the first half but it certainly paid dividends at the end of the game.

"It’s a good build-up (for Australia) for us. Tough conditions but I think the boys handled it well. It puts us in good stead for next weekend.

"I’ve doubled my tries record so a pleasing night for myself.”

Ross Ford on BBC Radio Scotland

Scotland did enough

FT: Italy 13-34 Scotland

Tom English

Chief sports writer, BBC Scotland at Singapore National Stadium

Professional performance by Scotland. Not rock 'n' roll, not one that will live long in the memory - unless you're the free-scoring Ross Ford, that is - but it was a solid start to Gregor Townsend's time.

Main plus was the reintroduction of WP Nel after a year out. He's back and Scotland will be all the better for it.

Italy were largely dreadful. Their discipline was wretched and they scored their tries when the game was as good as over.

Scotland did enough. Not a huge amount, but enough. The conditions were very tough. That's a hugely important consideration in all of this

'Lions should have picked Russell'

FT: Italy 13-34 Scotland

Andy Nicol

Former Scotland international on BBC One

"The Lions missed a trick by not selecting Finn Russell. He is a point of difference from the other tens in the squad. He is a joy to watch."

Job done for Scotland

FT: Italy 13-34 Scotland

Andy Nicol

Former Scotland international on BBC One

"There was a lot of enterprise, some great execution. First game under the belt for Gregor Townsend - job done."

FULL-TIME Italy 13-34 Scotland

Gregor Townsend will be satisfied with a five-try victory in his first match in charge of Scotland.

Tries from Ross Ford (2), Ali Price, Tim Visser and Damien Hoyland saw the Scots home.

The stifling humidity made life difficult at times but all in all a very decent performance.

Tim Visser scores a try
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TRY Italy 13-34 Scotland

Angelo Esposito

Italy have the last word as the ball is whipped wide to wing Angelo Esposito to dive over in the corner.

That will annoy Gregor Townsend.

Taylor to the rescue

Italy 8-34 Scotland

Italy look to give the scoreboard a more respectable look in the dying moments of the game.

Carlo Canna puts in a clever little grubber-kick which Tommaso Boni looks to dive on for the score but Duncan Taylor brilliantly covers to snuff out the danger. He clatters Boni in the process and the Italian centre is forced off with a head injury.

Townsend will be delighted

Italy 8-34 Scotland

Chris Paterson

Former Scotland international on BBC One

"There are mistakes you can fix from every game but I think Gregor will be delighted with the desire and execution they've shown to play attacking rugby."

TRY Italy 8-34 Scotland

Damien Hoyland

Scotland are rewarded for maintaining possession in Italian territory.

The ball is shipped out to the right touchline and Duncan Taylor fixes the defender before slipping the pass to Damien Hoyland to dive over in the corner for his first international try.

Peter Horne nails a wonderful conversion from the touchline.

Yellow card

Italy 8-27 Scotland

Once again Italy's discipline fails them.

Scotland have a scrum near the Italian line. The referee wants it reset but after he blows the whistle Italy substitute Abraham Steyn lifts Henry Pyrgos off his feet and dumps him dangerously to the ground on his pack.

Stupid play and a deserved yellow.

Fantastic Ford

Italy 8-27 Scotland

Ross Ford
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Ross Ford scored two Scotland try in his previous 107 caps - today he got another two

TRY Italy 8-27 Scotland

Michele Campagnaro

Really sloppy play from Scotland is punished.

Magnus Bradbury fails to hold a loose pass in midfield and Italy flanker Maxime Mbanda snatches the ball and races clear. He is taken down but offloads to Michele Campagnaro who has the gas to outstrip the defence to score.

The Scots will not be happy with that self-inflicted error.

Let off for Italy

Italy 3-27 Scotland

Scotland are on the front foot again and after a few phases work their way into the Italian 22 but captain John Barclay knocks on and the Italians breathe again.

Match slowing down

Italy 3-27 Scotland

The latest change sees Magnus Bradbury enter the fray to replace Tim Swinson.

The fresh legs will hopefully inject some energy back into proceedings as, much like the first half, the pace of the match has dropped off a cliff.

Free-scoring Ford

Italy 3-27 Scotland

He's scored two tries tonight after claiming just two in his previous 107 internationals....

Ross Ford obviously chasing Chris Paterson's points record as well his caps record.

Scotland changes

Italy 3-27 Scotland

The changes are coming thick and fast now. Zander Fagerson, Fraser Brown and Gordon Reid are on to form an all-new front row, while Rob Harley comes into the back row to replace Josh Strauss.

Duncan Taylor
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Duncan Taylor is back in a Scotland shirt after a year's absence

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OMG, what a try for @Scotlandteam off-loading rugby at its very best! #sensational #ScovIt

OK, so Italy are pretty hopeless but this is impressive by Scotland. 4th try

Superb offloading try there. Ford on the end again!

Scotland changes

Italy 3-27 Scotland

Scotland have a new half-back pairing as Ali Price and Finn Russell depart and are replaced by Henry Pyrgos and Peter Horne.

Colin Gregor

Former Scotland sevens captain on Radio Scotland

It was a great wide pass from Barclay to Dunbar, that got them on the front foot. Finn Russell starts it, Ross Ford finishes it"

TRY Italy 3-27 Scotland

Ross Ford

Absolutely sensational try from the Scots.

The Scots drag Italy all over the place with quick, off-loading rugby. Finn Russell is at the heart of it and his pass out the back-door sends veteran hooker Ross Ford over for his second try of the night.

Much more like it for Gregor Townsend.

Yellow card

Italy 3-22 Scotland

Things go from bad to worse for Italy as lock Dean Budd is sent to the sin bin for 10 minutes for repeated infringements.

Tim Visser
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Tim Visser got Scotland's second try before the break and has regularly stretched the Italians

TRY Italy 3-22 Scotland

Ross Ford

Scotland start the second-half as they finished the first - with a try.

Ben Toolis once again rises highest to claim the line-out near the Italian line and the defence can do nothing to stop the rolling maul powering over.

Ross Ford is the man who eventually grounds, although it seemed to me the referee awarded the try a good second or so before the hooker actually touched down.

Russell adds the extras and the Scots are well on top.

Russell returns

Italy 3-15 Scotland

Finn Russell suffered a nasty gash to the cheekbone just before half-time but has been patched up and is back on in place of Peter Horne.

KICK-OFF

Peter Horne gets the second-half under way.

'Humidity sapping Scots energy'

HT: Italy 3-15

Andy Nicol

Former Scotland international on BBC One

"The first five minutes from Scotland was great and the last five minutes of the half was great. In between the pace of the game completely disappeared. They struggled to get their second wind. The humidity has completely sapped their energy."

HALF-TIME Italy 3-15 Scotland

Well it hasn't always been pretty but Scotland take a commanding lead into the half-time break.

They started they game at a break-neck speed but the energy levels have been sapped by the stifling humidity at the Singapore National Stadium.

However, tries from Ali Price and Tim Visser late in the half have put Scotland 12 points to the good.

TRY Italy 3- 15 Scotland

Tim Visser

Scotland strike a double-blow right on the stroke of half-time.

They put Italy under pressure from the restart and when the ball is recycled Finn Russell puts in a delightful chip kick which Tim Visser gathers to score.

Duncan Taylor steps in to take the conversion and nails it.

Colin Gregor

Former Scotland sevens captain on Radio Scotland

Ali Price, he's got so much pace. He's running around the Italian hooker - he's never going to get to him

TRY Italy 3-8 Scotland

Ali Price

At last the breakthrough.

The Scots take a quick tap and Tim Visser almost breaks through. Ali Price feeds Allan Dell who loses control of the ball but Price is on it in a flash to brilliantly gather and race past the cover defence and dive over in the corner.

Terrifc play from the Glasgow scrum-half.

Richie Gray

Former Scotland breakdown coach

"Scotland need to get points here, they really do. You really want to finish off the points before half-time"

Scots pressing

Italy 3-3 Scotland

Scotland force a penalty at scrum-time and Russell pings the ball into touch for a 5m line-out.

Toolis rises to take it and the maul rolls towards the line but the ball squirts out the back. It is re-gathered and Toolis looks to crash over from a couple of yards out but is held up.

The Scots are awarded a penalty for an Italian offside.

Italy 3-3 Scotland

Errors the order of the day

Italy 3-3 Scotland

The Scots have a line-out 5m from the Italy line which Ryan Wilson claims. Ali Price feeds Tim Visser who comes into the line at pace but the referee blows his whistle for a bit of blocking by Allan Dell.

Rather sums things up at the moment. Real lack of accuracy from both sides.

Scrappy Scotland

Italy 3-3 Scotland

Tom English

Chief sports writer, BBC Scotland at Singapore National Stadium

"This is so reminiscent of Scotland's lacklustre performance in the humidity of Tokyo last summer.

"It's actually not as humid in this stadium as we anticipated. The Scots have trained all week in more stifling conditions than this.

"First 20 minutes of the Gregor Townsend era have been scrappy."