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Italy and Scotland are regularly batted about as the less respected minnows of the Six Nations, often exchanging Wooden Spoon honours between them, this much we know.
But if one was of the impression that Brunel's outfit were making steady progress, they may want to think again.
Italy had one advantage heading into this fixture in that they knew exactly how England were bringing the fight. Lancaster's men needed to claw down Ireland's points difference, and that should have been apparent in Italy's tactics.
However, all too easily were the Rome hosts bested in all facets of the game, losing three of their own line-outs, four of their own scrums and missing a massive 25 tackles in total.
In short, it's simply not good enough, even for one of the tournament's small sides, to be coming up against such challenges with such a weak defence, which was only one week after being battered in similar fashion by Ireland.