Fabio Ongaro got Italy's first try of the campaign and his firstfor his country - which should not have been given as he knocked it on -while Simon Webster grabbed a late consolation effort for the Scots as they wentdown to a defeat they probably fully deserved.
The victory probably ensures that the Italians Kiwi coach JohnKirwan gets a new contract at the end of the season after several papers hadsuggested this was his do or die match - he even received a bullet from aso-called fan in the post.
Ongaro will seldom score a more fortuitous try in his career asthe hooker pounced in the 42nd minute after Stuart Grimes had batted the ballback from an Italian line-out three metres out from the Scots line.
The Italian hooker shoved his opposite number Gordon Bulloch outof the way and appeared to knock the ball on over the line before grounding it -the try was awarded by referee Nigel Whitehouse but if he had referred it tothe video judge the 26-year-old Ongaro might well have not broken his duck intests. However Ongaro's try - his first in 19 tests - seemed to sparksome self-belief into the Italians and Scotland were fortunate to cleartheir lines a few minutes later after Paul Griffen's shrewd grubber kick had themin all sorts of trouble.
The Italians had to reshuffle their backline in the 46th minutewhen Manuel Dallan was unluckily injured after Jason White tackled ,b>Sergio Parisse, inadvertently knocking the centre to the ground in the process and hewas replaced by the Kiwi-born Rima Wakarua, whose mother is Scottish.
Paterson missed an opportunity to reduce the deficit to just twopoints on the hour mark but his penalty went wide of the posts to the right. The Scots, though, produced their most flowing piece of play inthe match seconds later whenb winger Simon Webster's darting run saw him beatthree players but he stumbled just short of the line and the Italians wonthe ball back after the visitors failed to take advantage even though they
De Marigny's faultless display with the boot - the conversionattempt apart - handed the hosts a crucial penalty 10 minutes from time - after astorming run from ,b>Cristian Stoica forced the Scots into an infringement -which edged them more than a converted try ahead of their ragged opponents at17-9.
De Marigny, son of French aristocratic stock who moved toMauritius, ensured that Italy wrapped up the match with another sweetly struckpenalty three minutes from time leaving Kirwan hammering the desk in reliefand satisfaction.
Webster's late try was little more than consolation for the woefulvisitors but just reward for his efforts for being the Scots most incisiveback.
De Marigny had given the Italians an early lead with a crisplystruck penalty from wide out on the left but the Scots drew level in theninth minute as Paterson slotted a penalty over after an infringement by thehosts scrum.
Two minutes later de Marigny restored the three point advantagewith another penalty - this time in front of the posts - after SimonTaylor came in at the side of the ruck.
The Scots did draw level eight minutes from the break whenPaterson converted a penalty right in front of the posts after one of the fewgenuine penetrating phases of handling the ball started by Kiwi-born centreBrendan Laney.
Paterson then gave Scotland a barely deserved lead in the 39thminute capitalising on another Italian infringement to kick a penalty andgive them a 9-6 lead. However de Marigny's unerring boot handed the hosts another threepoints to send the two sides in on level terms after a distinctly underwhelmingfirst 40 minutes.
AFP - 2004.