Bergamasco craves next scalp
Kicking hero feels Azzurri deserve Six Nations place after French coup
Last Updated: March 14, 2011 10:25am
Bergamasco: Foccused on Scots
Mirco Bergamasco wants Italy to show the same desire that brought them their first victory in this year's RBS Six Nations when they take on Scotland next weekend.
"This victory is the most beautiful of all"
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The Racing Metro back kicked 17 points to help fire the Azzurri to a 22-21 success over France in Rome in what was the shock result of this year's tournament.
Italy now take on winless Scotland at Murrayfield hoping to finish their campaign in style and Bergamasco has urged his team-mates to put the Les Bleus triumph to one side.
"We have to postpone our celebrations and focus on our game against Scotland," said the 28-year-old.
"It's going to be a different match with respect to the game against France.
"We have to keep up the same determination and try to repeat the performance we handed against France."
Bergamasco admitted Italy were spurred on by negative comments from French media in the weekend win.
And the former Stade Francais player felt Italy finally answered their critics in the best possible fashion following Saturday's historic triumph.
"We didn't like certain comments made by the French press, who have in recent years questioned our right to compete in the Six Nations," he said.
"Without a doubt, we definitely deserve to be in this tournament."
Bergamasco showed nerves of steel against France as he slotted two crucial penalties to put Italy in front for good.
"I was shaking after I missed my second penalty attempt," admitted Bergamasco.
"But then I told myself I would not miss any more kicks and that was the case."
The Italians had reason to be ecstatic after failing in their previous 11 attempts to beat Les Bleus in the tournament.
And Bergamasco added: "This victory is the most beautiful of all. It's the one victory that has given us the most satisfaction."