Six Nations | Kinghorn makes history in Scotland victory

Six Nations | Kinghorn makes history in Scotland victory
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Blair Kinghorn made history in Scotland’s 33-20 win over Italy.

The 22-year-old became the first Scotsman to score a hat-trick of tries in the Six Nations as the hosts started their campaign with a victory at Murrayfield.

Italy’s solitary point in last year’s tournament came in a narrow bonus point defeat in Scotland, but Conor O’Shea’s team’s late rally wasn’t enough to repeat the feat this time around.

Stuart Hogg and Chris Harris scored the other two tries for Stuart Townsend’s side, who earned a bonus point on the day.

The Italians took the lead in the first half through a Tommaso Allan penalty, but Scotland soon asserted control after Kinghorn’s first try following Finn Russell’s crossfield kick.

The Edinburgh wing crossed the whitewash once more before the interval, showing superb hands after a poor pass from Hogg to score his second try.

Laidlaw converted despite missing his first conversion, and Scotland led 12-3 as the half-time whistle sounded.

Hogg scored Scotland’s third try in the 47th minute, and Laidlaw converted before setting up Kinghorn for his historic third try.

Chris Harris scored Scotland’s fifth try, his first in the Six Nations, but the hosts were complacent in the last 10 minutes.

Italy got three late tries through Guglielmo Palazzani, Edoardo Padovani and Angelo Esposito, but their impressive fightback came too late.