Six Nations, Scotland-Italy. Lamaro charges the Azzurri: "We won't fail in Edinburgh"
"With Wales too, as in the other Six Nations games, the chances created were many: last week in Rome we broke the lead 12 times, this time in Edinburgh we have to be ruthless and exploit the opportunities. The The goal is to have a great match, the result depends on the performance: we want to win". Captain Michele Lamaro charges up the Azzurri on the eve of the last match of the tournament against Scotland (1 pm, live on Sky Sport and free to air on Tv8): "Let's hope that last Saturday's defeat lifts spirits: we've shown that we have solid foundations and from here we have to start again, aiming to offer our best version and paying attention to even the smallest details".
"No more controversy, let's think about adapting to the referee"
Tomorrow Italy will line up two rookies, Gesi on the wing and hooker Manfredi who starts from the bench. Four changes compared to the meeting with the Dragons. The controversies with referee Murphy are behind us: "The direction of the match is something we cannot control. Let's adapt, trying to be as disciplined as possible. With Wales we got 2 yellow cards, playing 20 minutes with one man down: let's think about do our job better, manage our decisions".
Scotland won by 8 points, according to forecasts
They both play open, attacking rugby: it will be a fun Saturday. Predictions show Scotland winning by 8 points. "We are a very young team, we have to grow on our own and gain experience", says Lamaro- "The defeat at the Olimpico is not a setback but another step on our journey. In this tournament I liked the desire and determination with whom we faced all the appointments, playing great second times, always trying to win and entertaining the public: the basis is there, we must learn to manage the difficult moments".
The Scots and Cardiff's blue exploit: "It won't happen"
Even Greg Townsend, the Scottish coach who has to do without Russell and Hogg, is betting on 4 changes in his team as well as the Azzurri. "The aim for the match against Italy is to play the best rugby in our Six Nations. We are very determined, Italy are playing great rugby in attack, they defend well, they play with passion, we will have to make sure they can't to close out the tournament like they did a year ago these days in Cardiff against Wales."
Italy: Allan - Bruno, Brex, Menoncello, Gesi - Paolo Garbisi, Fusco - Lorenzo Cannone, Lamaro, Negri - Ruzza, Iachizzi - Riccioni, Nicotera, Fischetti. Subs: Manfredi, Zani, Ceccarelli, Niccolò Cannone, Pettinelli, Zuliani, Alessandro Garbisi, Morisi.
Scotland: Smith - Steyn, Jones, Tuipulotu, Van der Merwe - Kinghorn, White - Dempsey, Watson, Ritchie - Gray, Skinner - Zander Fagerson, Turner, Schoeman. Subs: Ashman, Sutherland, Nel, Cummings, Matt Fagerson, Price, Healy, Redpath.
Referee: Gardner (Aux)