Scotland finally broke their nine-game Six Nations losing streak with a 36-20 victory over Italy in Rome. Hogg’s audacious flipped pass out the back of his right hand sent right wing Tommy Seymour in at the corner in the dying minutes to put the seal on the triumph and spark wild celebrations.
Hogg’s try, when he weaved through the French defence and wriggled over the line, sent the Scots on their way to a morale-boosting 29-18 victory over Les Bleus at BT Murrayfield in the fourth round. The full-back’s electric display drove the Scots on all afternoon and he was a deserved winner of the man of the match award.
France had hit back late in the first half with a try and it was imperative that Scotland responded after the break. When they were awarded a penalty just inside their own half, Hogg stepped up to take the effort that was outwith usual goalkicker Greig Laidlaw’s range. On a perfectly still day in Edinburgh, the Hawick man connected perfectly and it was clearly destined to go over from the moment it left his right boot.
As Scotland were pressing for the try that would break French resistance they knew they had a penalty coming when skipper Laidlaw threw the ball left. Hogg had the freedom to try something unorthodox and it paid off as he leapt and flicked the ball on over his head and fell into the arms of unsighted left wing Tim Visser, who gleefully crashed over in the corner to send Murrayfield wild.
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A candidate for try of the tournament as Hogg cut the Irish defence to shreds and gave the Scots an early lead at the Aviva Stadium in the final round. The full-back fielded Jonathan Sexton’s up and under five metres inside his own half then went on an angled run to the right before straightening up between two flat-footed forwards and searing his way to the line for a sensational solo try.