Gregor Townsend wary of 'unlucky' Italy side

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend
Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend

Scotland coach Gregor Townsend insisted that his side is wary of the Italian challenge as the two teams lock horns with each other in the final round of the competition at Murrayfield Stadium on Saturday.

Italy have already lost all the four games in the competition and now in danger of finishing at the last for ninth time in the last 10 years.

Nevertheless, they had some tight games where they lost to second ranked France with a 24-29 scoreline with the margin of defeats against England, Ireland and Wales also under 20 points.

Recalling Italy's final round game against Wales last year where they recorded their win in Cardiff ending a 36-game losing streak, Townsend said Scotland will not take the Azzurri lightly.

“There will be a lot to play for,” said Townsend.

“It’ll be our last game of the campaign and we want a very good performance.

"We’ll have to play very well, Italy have been very unlucky against some of the top teams, they pushed France close and Ireland very close, they had a three on one overlap to take the lead with less than 10 minutes to play.

"On Saturday they had 10 linebreaks against Wales. They’re a very dangerous team and last year at this time they went to Cardiff and had a historic win so we have to quickly turn our focus to Italy and how to win that game.”


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