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Scots will do Italian job

It wouldn't be quite right to suggest there is scant interest in this so-called 'wooden spoon' set-to for those outside the borders of both countries.

Coach Andy Robinson is resurrecting Scottish spirits and self-confidence with a firebrand of play that can cause problems for all in Europe, based on the serious back row of 'The Killer Bs' -- Kelly Brown, John Barclay and Johnnie Beattie.

Outside that, there is a serious scrummaging front five with tight-head prop Euan Murray the lynchpin and a back division that is making line breaks. More and more, Italy are learning how to stop the opposition without being able to generate the type of creativity that is required to crack open international defences.

pVerdict: Scotland

Italy: L McLean; A Masi, G Canale, G Garcia, Mirco Bergamasco; C Gower, T Tebaldi; S Perugini, L Ghiraldini (capt), M Castrogiovanni, Q Geldenhuys, M Bartolami, J Sole, Mauro Bergamasco, A Zanni.

Scotland: H Southwell; S Danielli, M Evans, G Morrison, S Lamont; D Parks, C Cusiter (capt); A Jacobsen, R Ford, E Murray, J Hamilton, A Kellock, K Brown, J Barclay, J Beattie.