15 – Stuart Hogg 6
One of two Scottish backs who looked most likely to score a try. Made a few breaks through the line, however did not really pose any danger until the last twenty minutes, when Scotland woke up a bit.
14 – Max Evans 5
Would have perhaps had more impact if he had played in the centre position. On the wing he saw little of the ball.
13 – Nick De Luca 4
Had a solid opening 30minutes, however was sent to the bin in the 38th minute for a deliberate knock on. Following that he was quiet and failed to threaten the Italian line.
12 – Graeme Morrison 6
The other back that looked most likely to score a try, and his closest moment came when he was chasing down his own kick. Slight moment of fisticuffs in the first half. But failed to ignite the rest of the backs.
11 – Sean Lamont 5
What a difference a week makes: last week Lamont was full of energy and drive, this week however
10 – Greig Laidlaw 5
Lacked the control that Scotland needed from this position. Landed 2 penalties, but missed one as well.
09 – Mike Blair 5
Tried to exert the control that Laidlaw did not, although ultimately failing. Not quick enough clearing the ball from the base of the ruck, thus slowing Scotland’s game down.
01 – Jon Welsh 4
With Allan Jacobsen pulling out in the warm-up, Welsh was thrust into the limelight and struggled against the power of Martin Castrogiovanni.
02 – Ross Ford 5
Better in the set piece, but still not up to scratch. Uninspiring from the captain, who really needed to step up to the mark and lead his team. Instead he appeared dispirited and disheartened.
03 – Geoff Cross 4
Very quiet, and had little impact upon this game.
04 – Richie Gray 5
Not even the poster boy could pull a good performance out of this game. He seemed just as dispirited as everyone else on the team.
05 – Jim Hamilton 5
Slightly contentious sin binning in the 55th minute, and a handbags moment early on in the game. These incidents aside, Hamilton came to attention only for a few fumbles in the set pieces.
06 – John Barclay 5
The experienced head in a back row that has caused a stir this competition, Barclay was unable to show his younger counterparts how it was done, as the Italians gave him little opportunity to impact.
07 – Ross Rennie 5
Anonymous showing from Rennie in this game, not of the same calibre as his hard hitting, hard tackling, style we have seen before.
08 – David Denton 5
Not a performance that matched up to the ones he has put in in the previous matches as Italian captain Sergio Parisse showed him up.
16 – Scott Lawson: not used
17 – Euan Murray (Cross, 49mins) A strategic change in order to add strength to the scrum. It worked to an extent, but the Italians still dominated.
18 – Alastair Kellock (Gray, 54mins) Normally a vocal force on the pitch, Kellock has usually been one of the better replacements. But was as anonymous as the rest of the team.
19 – Richie Vernon: not used
20 – Chris Cusiter: not used
21 – Ruaridh Jackson (Laidlaw, 69mins) A fly-half in the fly-half position for the final eleven minutes of the game did nothing to change Scotland’s fortunes.
22 – Jack Cuthbert: not used