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Italy vs Scotland: Six Nations 2014

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six nation captains with the cup (©GettyImages)
six nation captains with the cup (©GettyImages).

Italy against Scotland, for the past years the two underdogs of the tournament both coming off two losses in the first games of the competition.

The two will square off in Rome at the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday afternoon in a battle which could be deciding where the wooden spoon will end up by the close of the tournament.

In their last meeting Scotland outplayed the Azzurri at Murrayfield, but Italy looked sharper in the last two games.

Although the Italians lost by a margin against Les Bleus, they put in a good performance against the Welsh in week one of the competition.

The Scottish have looked sluggish on the offensive end having only scored eight points in their first two encounters. On the other hand, although Italy has looked good offensively, on defence they haven't met expectations having allowed opposition to score a total of 53 points in the first two matches.

Both teams haven't performed, and this game is extremely crucial for both sides as it is a must win if they wish to turn around their campaign. Both teams need a spark as they look ahead to the final games and this game may be the chance their chance to get to winning ways.

Although in round four the two squads will respectively face Ireland and France, the teams that have looked the strongest in the competition, this game is their chance to somewhat save their campaign.

Both teams will come in hungry for victory in Saturday's match at the Olimpico and the home advantage may be the key to Italy's victory in what will undoubtably be a very close match-up between the underdogs of this year's RBS Six Nations tournament.

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