x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 22 January 2018

Best is yet to come from Danielli

The Scotland winger hopes his performance against Italy will be the start of a fine run of form in his international career.

EDINBURGH // Simon Danielli, the Scotland winger, hopes his man-of-the-match performance against Italy on Saturday heralds the start of an Indian summer to his career. Danielli scored a fine first-half try and set up another for Scott Gray in the second period as Scotland broke their Six Nations duck with a 26-6 victory over the Azzurri at Murrayfield. It was Danielli's first try for Scotland since 2004 and marked a welcome end to an injury ravaged period for the former Borders and Bath wing who now plays for Ulster. "I'm fairly happy with my career so far but I don't want to look back with any regrets," he said. "I'm not going to moan and groan about anything that has happened to me, such as injuries, because that is part of the game.

"Some people go through their entire career and barely pick up an injury and others don't so I'm certainly not going to feel bitter and angry about that. "I've definitely feel I've got more to give and I want to fulfil my potential because even though I'm now in my late 20s I don't think I've done that. "It's been good at Ulster since I went there. We weren't winning at the start but it's picked up now and it's a great place to play."

Nick Mallett, the Italy head coach, claimed his side were on the wrong end of some decisions by Nigel Owens but refused to blame the referee for his side's third straight defeat. "I'm certainly not complaining about the referee and I'm not saying that was the reason we lost the game. That was not the case whatsoever," said Mallett. "But there were two or three penalties that were given against us that I felt were a bit harsh."

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