Laidlaw always knew Scotland would win

Date published: February 28 2016

Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw revealed that he knew his side would win from the moment they ran out onto the field in Rome.

Laidlaw and his side were returning to the venue of their last win in the Six Nations over two years ago, desperate to end a nine-game losing streak.

After a close defeat to England and having shown moments of promise in defeat to Wales, getting that elusive victory marked a major moment for Laidlaw and Scotland.

Laidlaw scored 21 of Scotland's total 36 points, including five penalties, as Vern Cotter's side ran in three tries to defeat the Azzurri.

"I knew when we took to the field that we were going to win, I could see it in the boys' eyes," Laidlaw said.

"I saw it in the way that we had prepared all week under Vern and the other coaches, so that for me is pleasing.

"Italy were on top for a couple of points in the game which you are always going to get at this level, but our scrum was absolutely fantastic.

"We had Stuart Hogg's touch of class at the end to put Tommy Seymour away for the third which was fantastic.

"The character shown when we were defending on our line, 15 of us, just digging in, filling in where we're needed, that is what got us across the line."