Scotland responded well from last weekend’s Calcutta Cup defeat to England to record their first win of the 2013 Six Nations by 34-10 over Italy at Murrayfield.
Play begun under a symphony of noise from the Murrayfield crowd, and they continued to the very last minute as their team romped to a four-try victory.
The scoring began after 15 minutes, Scotland capitalising on a missed Italy penalty to convert two of their own, which was swiftly followed by their first try - scored by Dutch-born winger Tim Visser.
The visitors were awarded a penalty to claim their first three points, but the Thistle really kicked into gear after the break, scoring two quick-fire tries in a frantic three minutes.
Matt Scott got the first to the delight the on-looking head coach Scott Johnson, but it was Stuart Hogg’s effort that elated the crowd.
The full-back was alert as he expertly intercepted an Italy move which was a pass away from a certain try, and responded with an 80 metre dash across the length of the field to make it 27-3 as the Azzurri back-line sluggardly tried to keep up with his lightning pace.
Sean Lamont then recorded his ninth international try, and probably his easiest, as he picked up a loose ball from a ruck and casually headed between the posts to touch down.
Italian back-rower Alessandro Zanni made sure his side weren’t totally embarrassed when he scored a consolation try with five minutes to play to complete the scoring.
But the hosts were dominant throughout, while scrum-half Greig Laidlaw, who dictated and controlled the game, picked up a deserved man-of-the-match award.