Azzurri revel in fresh success

Italy’s rugby personnel could not contain their joy after finally clinching their first away Six Nations victory in 17 attempts with a 37-17 win over Scotland on Saturday.

Scrum-half Alessandro Troncon, who scored Italy’s final try, was voted man of the match for the second consecutive game, and Sergio Parisse, who was outstanding for Italy, said that his team had finally been rewarded for the efforts

“We have deserved this win,” he said.

“We have proved today that this team never gives up, it continues to battle until the final whistle.

“We have given our hearts today and this win is the reward for our efforts. I think a new Six Nations tournament begins for us now.”

Another Italian who shone in Scotland was centre Mirco Bergamasco, who turned 24 on Friday and celebrated his birthday in style.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better birthday present than this,” said Bergamasco, whose brother Mauro opened the scoring with a charge down try after 17 seconds.

“This is a great victory for us, to have won our first (Six Nations) game away from home is an incredible feeling.

“Alessandro Troncon has had a great game and we’ve shown a lot of determination and quality against Scotland.”

But it was French coach Pierre Berbizier, hitherto under fire for his team’s less than perfect start to the tournament, who could not stop glowing with pride at his players’ efforts.

“I want to thank my players, they have done a great job. They have done what we knew we had to do for 80 minutes, bravo!” he said.

“We knew that this result could have come our way, we hadn’t had much luck in the past but today we were fortunate.

“We have to be aware that the road is still long and we must continue to work in this manner.”

Berbizier described his side’s victory as a dream come true.

“It was important to get this victory. We work a lot and for the fans and the players this [an away win] was a dream. Now it is a reality.”

“Now we have to keep working and try to build on this win in our next too games in the Six Nations. This win is a consequence of the work we have done and we must continue.

“We now look to our final games in this tournament and then prepare for the World Cup. It is a long way away and it will be a different game against Scotland then.

“I know how Scotland will react from this and we must keep improving as we have done from the game at Twickenham against England.

“We will have to wait and see what this does for Italian rugby but today it was an important step and the players played their hearts out for their country.”

365 Digital

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