Kinghorn makes history with Six Nations hat-trick
Blair Kinghorn became the first Scottish player to score a Six Nations hat-trick in thirty years as the 22-year-old crossed the whitewash three-times in Scotland’s 33-20 victory over Italy at BT Murrayfield.
Kinghorn’s three tries in Saturday’s win over the Azzurri were the first hat-trick to be scored by a Scotsman in the Six Nations since winger Iwan Tukalo’s triple against Ireland in 1989.
It was an historic moment for Kinghorn – who was born in 1997, eight years following Tukalo’s hat-trick – as the wing/full-back proved to be a threat in Scotland’s backline all afternoon.
Kinghorn was one of eight Edinburgh players involved in the 33-20 win as Scotland started the 2019 Guinness Six Nations with five points earned – elevating them to the top of the table after round one.
An all-capital tight-five consisting of WP Nel, Stuart McInally – who was named as vice-captain – Allan Dell and lock pairing Grant Gilchrist and Ben Toolis provided Gregor Townsend’s side with physicality and an attacking impetus throughout the contest.
Jamie Ritchie started the match at openside flanker and put in a mammoth performance at the heart of Scotland’s back-row. The 22-year-old very easily could have been named man-of-the-match, whilst he was heavily involved in Kinghorn’s hat-trick sealing try.
Elsewhere, Simon Berghan was Edinburgh’s only player named amongst the replacements, with the tighthead making his way on to field of play for the final 15 minutes of action, only to be sent to the sin bin moments later.
Speaking following the match, Scotland Head Coach, Gregor Townsend said: "Blair took his tries really well and has been playing regularly at full-back and he’s a purpose player in our squad and showed that today, with a lot of good finishing."
“I think the way we adjusted things after half-time was great to see, we felt that we had done a lot of good things in the first 10 minutes of the second half but didn’t get the reward.
"We didn’t really play with the energy we know we’re capable of in the second quarter, but we showed it in the third quarter. To get the bonus point was a very good start to the Championship.”
Scotland will name their team to face Ireland in the second round of the Six Nations Championship this Thursday (7 February) ahead of Saturday’s highly anticipated match at BT Murrayfield (9 February, kick-off 2.15pm).