FULL-TIME: Italy 28 - Scotland 4.
Brierley fails to add the extras.
Lachlan Walmsley goes into score and after 76 minutes. Scotland are on the board.
Scotland take the short kickoff.
Jack Campagnolo converts. Italy lead 28-0.
Maizen gets a hattrick and it's been an A MAIZEN day for the Azzuri.
Kieran Buchanan's pass goes into Row Z... sums up Scotland's afternoon. Just like a sketch from Fawlty Towers
What scramble from the Azzuri. Line dropout coming up.
That might be the best play for the Scots... Only problem is it went backwards by 5 meters.
Poor kick from Robinson and Scotland now working it away from their own end.
Buchanan puts it down... Scotland doing a good job helping me get to sleep here tonight.
Santi puts it down...
Russell puts it down. Strong tackle from Ethan Natoli and the Italians continuing to dominate.
Hayward loses it. Confident live call from Todd Smith and he's 100% correct. Scotland have shown nothing...
Can Scotland remove the duck-egg off the scoreboard??
PENALTY SCOTLAND: Kane Linnett hit late by Nathan Brown.
Set restart Scotland - ruck infringement.
PENALTY SCOTLAND: Offside from the scrum.
Parata knocks on. Challenge unsuccessful.
First challenge for the match - Italy challenging this one.
Another clever grubber from Radean Robinson. Italy getting it right.
The Scottish skipper puts it down.
Natoli was never going to catch that.
Radean Robinson's grubber is well weighted and it's a goal-line dropout.
Aitken did all the hard work... but Daniel Atkinson intercepts the pass.
Set restart Scotland - markers not square and involved.
Better play from the Scots there. Gotta be next to score.
James Bell with a good shot. James Graham in commentary says he got lucky.
The short ten is recovered by Italy. Brendan Santi is down.
Campagnolo's conversion doinks off the up-right and it's NO GOOD.
Maizen has a second half double. That was silky skill from the fullback Luke Poiselli. A young kid with a lot of potential from Sunshine Coast.
VIDEO REF: Smith has a try and we're confirming he stays in.
Atkinson is away, but a great tackle from Ryan Brierley saves a certain 4 pointer! WOW!
We're back 13 v 13.
Italy complete their set after points.
Jack Campagnolo converts and Italy extends their advantage.
Good bounce back for the winger Jake Maizen. They capitalise on the man advantage.
VIDEO REF: Todd Smith has a TRY confirming the grounding for Jake Maizen.
Clever kick from Jack Campagnolo and Ryan Brierley is taken in the in-goal by Jake Maizen.
Aitken's pass goes into Row Z!
Fast start for Italy. Daniel Atkinson going down the left. Jack Campagnolo putting it on a string here. Scotland now working it out of their own end.
Here we go for the second half. Todd Smith blows his whistle and Italy get first use of the second 40.
Half-Time: Italy 12 - Scotland 0.
Clean tackle on Gahan which saves a try from Luke Poiselli
Brown tries to do too much for the Azzuri there.
Scotland hang on at the first time of asking.
Ferguson is in the sin-bin. Intentional tread on the calf there. That was horrible from the Scottish captain...
Dan Atkinson wasn't happy with the treament in that tackle.
Italy's defence hangs on.
Must hang on for the Azzuri...
Maizen... drops it stone cold with the line wide open.
Oh dear. Walmsley had an easy intercept there, he needed to do it or else Italy would've had try number three.
PENALTY ITALY: Late contact on Nathan Brown here.
PENALTY ITALY: Offside (inside 10m)
Hayward's grubber is recovered by Nathan Brown. Little bit of a rush of blood for the young half.
Next to score territory here for the Scots.
PENALTY SCOTLAND: Anton Iaria guilty of the strip.
Ryan Brierley had many goes at that kick, but fortunately recovers for Scotland. Italy only now making their first change in this one
The stop/start fortunes of the early minutes seemed to play in favour of the Italians.
Clever kick from Jack Campagnolo finds the sideline, Italy starting to get the ascendency. Scotland desperately need some fortunes going their way.
Great soccer skiills from Walmsley to stop the bomb going out on the full. Luke Poiselli is able to recover it and the Italian side is working it out of their own end.
Italy complete their set after points.
Jack Campagnolo makes no mistakes and it's a handy two converted try lead for the Azzuri. Italy 12 - Scotland 0.
They only needed one set in Scotland's end and they get their reward. A second try for the Azzuri. Dean Parata catches the Scottish markers asleep and he crosses for a deserved try.
PENALTY ITALY: Much needed penalty for the Azzuri. Six in the opening quarter for Todd Smith.
Luke Poiselli and Anton Iaria save the day after the Italians were caught out defensively.
Hayward's pass is intercepted by Jake Maizen. What a great defensive stand from the Azzuri since Poiselli's try.
Logan Bayliss-Brow is held-up over the line. This defence is incredible.
Bailey Hayward kicks early, but it was snuffed out by Radean Robinson. Robinson lost the ball though. Pressure continues for the Azzuri.
Criticise their methods, but the Azzuri have hung in so far!
PENALTY SCOTLAND: Strip is the ruling. Four on the bounce... is the sin-bin given here?
PENALTY SCOTLAND: That tackle looked awkward. It's a cannonball esque tackle. Luca Moretti guilty.
PENALTY SCOTLAND: Strip is the ruling here, Dean Parata is the guilty offender.
PENALTY SCOTLAND: Brendan Santi guilty of the high tackle there. Just got it wrong.
Italy complete their set after points. It appears the early rust is being phased out. The synthetic turf is causing some awkward bounces.
Jack Campagnolo's conversion attempt is successful. Italy lead 6-0
Great kick from Radean Robinson and his kick was rewarded with a strong chase and Luke Poiselli wins the race JUST inside the touch-in-goal line which are very narrow here in Newcastle.
VIDEO REF: Todd Smith has a TRY and on first glance, it looks good for the Azzuri!
Italy on the attack here. Ethan Natoli asking questions
Set restart Italy - ruck infringement.
Lepori lets the pass fall in front of him. Italy starting to ask some questions of the Scotland defence.
PENALTY ITALY: High tackle from the rookie Bailey Hayward.
NO TRY: Gahan has lost the ball over the goal-line after a lengthy delay.
VIDEO REF: Todd Smith is starting NO TRY, confirming a possible knock on.
Good tackle from Daniel Atkinson brings an end to the section for Scotland. Ryan King placed on report for a late-shot.
Dean Parata's grubber just has a bit too much on it. Scotland go back on the attack with Kieran Buchanan racing back up field.
First chance for Italy here.
Gahan loses it. Both sides struggling to get a grip of the football here.
Luca Moretti puts it down in the strong tackle from Sam Luckley. Scotland survive a little scare.
Bell loses it out of dummy half - Italy get to the dummy half and force the error.
Scotland will get first use of the football here. This match is being played on a synthetic turf.
OFF WE GO! The first match-up for these two Group B sides is underway as Todd Smith blows time on. Scotland/Italy will receive it first here.
Todd Smith is the man in charge, with Paki Parkinson from New Zealand and Marcus Griffiths from the Super League as our touch-judges. The video referee for this clash is Rob Hicks, also from the Super League.
On the team front, Scotland are showing their best available line-up with Kane Linnett and Euan Aitken forming a unique back-row combination. Italy have the experience of grand finalist Nathan Brown captaining the side beef up the forward battle. Whilst in the backline, exciting young fullback Luke Polselli gets his chance at the back for the Italians. Further, Gioele Celerino becomes the first Italian domestic player to feature in a World Cup game.
League Unlimited’s rolling coverage of the 2021 Rugby League World Cup continues with European powerhouses Scotland and Italy going head-to-head from Kingston Park in Newcastle. Both sides will be eager to show that they are not here to just make up the numbers with a competitive showing here tonight. These sides played in the 2013 World Cup, with the sides sharing the spoils in an entertaining 30-30 draw.
Referees & scorers:
Referee: Todd Smith
Touch Judges: Paki Parkinson, Marcus Griffiths
Video Referee: Robert Hicks
SCOTLAND MEN (4)
Tries: Lachlan Walmsley
Two Point Field Goals:
Conversions: Ryan Brierley (0/1)
ITALY MEN (28)
Tries: Luke Poiselli, Dean Parata, Jake Maizen (3)
Two Point Field Goals:
Conversions: Jack Campagnolo (4/5)