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Scotland scrum coach Massimo Cuttitta ready to meet Italy head on

Last Updated: 18/06/13 7:24pm

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Massimo Cuttitta (left) believes Scotland can cope with Italy

Massimo Cuttitta (left) believes Scotland can cope with Italy

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Scrum coach Massimo Cuttitta is confident Scotland can compete when they take on the famous Italian pack in Pretoria on Saturday.

Scott Johnson's side complete their Quadrangular Series campaign by taking on the Azzurri looking to finish on a high having lost 30-17 to hosts the Springboks last weekend.

Cuttitta, who captained Italy during his playing career, said: "They (Italy) are going to want to prove themselves in the scrum, they are good in that area. Every time we play them and that is somewhere we have to target them.

"They are good there but if we can target their set-piece then that is a big step to winning the game. We need to confront them up front, we can't let them do what they have always done.


"They have some interesting youngsters and are also blooding a few younger players.They have two or three good loosehead props coming through [Lorenzo] Cittadini who is a good tighthead. [Martin] Castrogiovanni has experience and will mentor these boys. They are not bad.

"They were convinced that they would come to Murrayfield and win and were really surprised at how we came at them. That is how we have to approach them again, the same as last time - just like it was at the weekend, where the effort was really good.

"There are a lot of positives to take out of that match against South Africa. As coaches we have reviewed it and there are a lot of positives. Yes, there are still a lot of things we have to work on, but we can say there were a lot of good things.

"You have got to bear in mind that South Africa (who recovered from 17-6 down against Scotland to win 30-17) are one of the best teams in the world playing at home and we competed well against them."

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