Saturday 25 January 2020

Scotland focused on scrum showdown

Allan Jacobsen
Allan Jacobsen

Scotland prop Allan Jacobsen wants to deliver the ultimate "insult" to Italy this weekend by helping destroy their front row in Rome.

Edinburgh loosehead Jacobsen, who has been recalled for Saturday's crunch RBS 6 Nations match, believes getting on top of the Azzurri in the scrum is the key to victory at the Stadio Flaminio.

"It's a massive part of their game, it always has been a massive part of their game, the scrum," he told Press Association Sport.

"They've got massive pride in it. They see it as a bit of an insult if they don't do so well, they don't feel good about themselves. That's something we're really focused on."

Should Scotland dominate up front, Jacobsen reckons it could have a demoralising effect on the rest of the Italy team.

He added: "From the games I've played against them over the years, the games we've won are the games we've done well up front in, particularly in the scrum.

"And vice-versa. The games where we've struggled at the breakdown and in the scrum and the mauls, those are the games where they've come out on top."

Jacobsen's recall reunites the front row which earned rave reviews during the 2008 autumn internationals. He, Ross Ford and Euan Murray have only played together once since, coincidentally in a comfortable win over Italy during last year's Six Nations.

That game saw Jacobsen suffer a shoulder injury which ended his hopes of joining Ford and Murray on last summer's British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa.

"We've played well together in the past, but that is in the past," he said. "We know we can scrum well together and we need to go out and do that. That'll be a massive part of the game at the weekend."

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