Bravehearts slay Italians

Italy 0 Scotland 104

SHEFFIELD Eagles trio Brendon Lindsay, Mitchell Stringer and Alex Szostak help Scotland romp to a massive 104-0 win over Italy in the opening rugby league European Cup game.

Half-back Lindsay and prop Stringer were making their international debuts for the Bravehearts at Padova at the weekend.

Scotland scored nine tries in each half – the first coming when Stringer's pass sent in Widnes loose forward Lee Paterson after only eight minutes.

Lindsay's long pass set up the second try for Featherstone winger Jon Steele as Italy were pinned in their final quarter of the pitch for almost all the game.

Scotland led 54-0 at half-time and passed the 100 point mark when Barrow winger James Nixon scored his fourth try with two minutes to the hooter.

Leigh centre Mick Nanyn set a new individual scorings record for Scotland of 40 points from two tries and 16 goals.

Top Super League referee Steve Ganson was in charge of the game which was watched by a crowd of 2,179.

Scotland's points came from: Tries- Paterson (8 mins), Steele (11, 54), K Henderson (14, 27), Fletcher (20, 59), Moore (24), Cox (32), Nixon (34, 41, 47, 79), Benn (36, 70), Nanyn (65, 76), Fisher (67). Goals – Nanyn 16/18.

Scotland play Lebanon in their final group game in Glasgow on Sunday 1 November.

SCOTLAND: Jamie Benn; Jon Steel, Kevin Henderson, Mick Nanyn, James Nixon;D Brendan Lindsay, Gareth Moore, Mitch Stringer, Ben Fisher, Neil Lowe, Alex Szostak, Richard Fletcher, Lee Paterson. Subs: Paddy Coupar, John Cox, Andrew Henderson, Rob Lunt.

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