Marco warns Scots
Gloucester and Italy lock warns Scotland ahead of Rome clash.
Last Updated: March 12, 2008 8:37pm
Bortolami: Scotland warning
Italy lock Marco Bortolami says Scotland will 'suffer' in Rome as the powerful home side will try and rough up the visitors in their Six Nations clash.
The wooden spoon is on the line in Rome with Italy without a point in this year's championship while Scotland grabbed their only points with an upset victory over England last weekend.
Bortolami believes Scotland will find it hard going in Rome and will have to withstand some intense Italian pressure if they are to escape with the points.
"They suffer against us, especially in Rome," said Bortolami. "We'll have to put them under pressure.
"They are expecting a difficult match and we'll have to be good and give it to them."
Italy do have a good record against the Scots, with wins in 2000 and 2004 at home and a fine 37-17 success in Edinburgh last year.
Gloucester forward Bortolami says he knows Scottish players who will not relish the rough and tumble in Rome.
"At Gloucester I play with four of the players in Scotland's squad for Saturday and every time I speak to them they express the respect and fear, in speech marks, they have about taking us on in Rome," Bortolami added.
The former captain said the Azzurri will have to be disciplined to avoid being beaten by the boot of his Gloucester team-mate Chris Paterson.
After a heavy defeat in Wales, Italy performed well in Paris against the French and were unlucky in many ways to go down 25-13, but the performance gave them something to build on.
"Discipline will be fundamental," insisted Bortolami. "We must give very few penalties in our half of the field.
"Scotland are a very organised side. They don't do extraordinary things but they make very few errors, so it's hard to play against them.
"We showed progress in France. We dominated in our lineout and scrum.
"It's a good platform. If we can improve our use of the ball and take our opportunities better, we have every chance of winning."