Rugby: Scotland sweep Italy aside 34-13 in Singapore Test

Tim Visser (centre) of Scotland runs with the ball away from Italian player during their rugby Test match between Italy against Scotland at the National Stadium on June 10, 2017.
Tim Visser (centre) of Scotland runs with the ball away from Italian player during their rugby Test match between Italy against Scotland at the National Stadium on June 10, 2017.PHOTO: AFP

SINGAPORE - Scotland swept past Italy 34-13 on Saturday (June 10) in the first-ever international rugby Test involving Tier One nations to be staged at the new National Stadium.

The Scots controlled the game from the opening whistle, relying on their speed and dominance in possession to tame the youthful Italians.

Italy brought a squad to Singapore that had an average age of 24 years and an average of only 19 international caps per player.

Nonetheless, the result signalled an improvement for the Italians, who were thrashed 29-0 the last time the two sides met in a Six Nations game in March.

The last time an international Test was held in Singapore was the 1998 Asian Rugby Championship, which also doubled as the Asian qualifier for the 1999 Rugby World Cup and featured Japan, Hong Kong and South Korea.

Both Scotland and Italy will travel to Fiji and Australia for the remainder of their respective June tours.