Scots seek Azzurri fillip

Full-back fired ahead of Italy contest at Murrayfield

Last Updated: 18/02/09 3:43pm

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Southwell: Confident

Southwell: Confident

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Hugo Southwell believes victory for Scotland against Italy will kick-start the home side's RBS Six Nations campaign.

"It's not far away from clicking and if we can do it against Italy, hopefully there will be better things to come in the last two games against Ireland and England."
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The Azzurri have won their last two Six Nations games against Scotland, including a historic first tournament away victory in 2007.

Scotland went on to win the wooden spoon after that defeat at Murrayfield before narrowly avoiding that dubious honour last year.

And the Edinburgh star admits Scotland will draw on Ireland's 38-9 win in Rome for examples of how to beat Nick Mallett's men.

Motivation

"They always target this game, having had success for the last two or three years. They always target this game as a win for them," Southwell said.

"There's a massive incentive for us too. Over the last two years, we haven't really performed to the level we know we can.

"Last year in Rome, we made a mistake to lose the game. We had an interception and the time before that, there was an interception again.

"As we saw in their game against Ireland, if we can contain them, they struggle to get forward and score points unless they feed from your errors.

"We need to try to keep hold of the ball for long periods and if we can do that, like Ireland did in the latter stages of the game on Sunday, it could be a successful day for us."

Faith

And the full-back believes victory could spur his side on for the rest of the championship.

"Not at all," Southwell added. "Obviously, we're frustrated and disappointed to be in the position we are, having lost two from two.

"We never thought we'd be in this position with two games down.

"But we still don't see it as a Wooden Spoon decider, we see it as the start of a recovery and winning the last three games.

"If we can put in a massive performance and front up physically, like we did against France on Saturday, I think that'll be the start of the recovery.

"It's not far away from clicking and if we can do it against Italy, hopefully there will be better things to come in the last two games against Ireland and England."

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