Italy must show no mercy:Parisse

Italy captain Sergio Parisse has called on his team to be more clinical in their execution when attacking the opposition line during their Six Nations match against Scotland at Stadio Flaminio on Saturday.


Since taking over as coach Nick Mallett has sought to develop a wider game plan and so far it has worked to an extent, but against Wales and France, in particular, they have been let down by individual errors when the try-line is in sight.


In both instances it has let the opposition off the hook and Parisse knows that if Italy want to record their first win of the tournament against Scotland, then they will need to be more ruthless when they have the opposition at their mercy.


“We need to finish off our good work by scoring tries. We have seen in the last couple of games that we let ourselves down with the last piece of play.


“We aren’t a team like Australia or New Zealand who can mess up 10 percent of their seven try scoring chances and still score three. We are a team that will produce two or three or four try-scoring chances per match and if we mess up three of them, it is very difficult to score,” he said.


The Stade Francais number 8 is in his first season as captain of the Azzurri and like his coach has been pleased with the way the team has progressed in only a short space of time under the South African.


However, Parisse realises that they cannot sit back and feel satisfied with what they have achieved, especially as both captain and coach are looking for a maiden victory in those roles.


“We want to demonstrate how well this team can play, but as a team we can’t be overly pleased with what we have done so far. Against England we played well, but then against Wales we had a bad loss,” said Parisse.


“For this team the way we played against France in Paris counted for a lot because they are a very strong team. We managed to maintain a high level of play.” Italy and Scotland are two teams that know each other well from their two meetings in 2007.


Italy recorded their first ever away Six Nations win when they returned from Murrayfield with a 37-17 win under their belts, whilst the Scots got their revenge in the World Cup, when their 18-16 victory put them through to the quarter-finals at Italy’s expense.


On that rainy night in St Etienne Chris Paterson was the thorn in Italy’s side, faultlessly kicking six penalties and having watched their 15-6 win over England in the Calcutta Cup, Parisse knows that Italy’s discipline must be high to stop him inflicting more damage.


“Above all we have to watch the discipline and not give away stupid fouls in our half of the field which allow their kicker to score easy points. Paterson is an excellent kicker, as we saw in the last World Cup.


“Against Scotland a key part of the game will be to maintain our discipline.


“They are very dangerous in this sense, it is their strong point and with a big pack it is a very simple gameplan, but we can’t make mistakes because a penalty kick will cost us three points.”


Sapa-AFP –SixNationsweb.co.uk

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