Masi wants more of the same
Andrea Masi is determined that Italy follow up their stunning upset against France with another win against Scotland on Saturday.
Last Updated: 17/03/11 5:29pm
Andrea Masi is determined that Italy follow up their stunning upset against France with another win against Scotland in the RBS Six Nations on Saturday.
The Azzurri claimed their first ever tournament win against the French at Rome's Stadio Flaminio last weekend and must now beat Andy Robinson's side to avoid the wooden spoon.
Italy's 22-21 victory was their first of this year's tournament and arguably the biggest result in the country's history.
It also came as just reward for the hard work of head coach Nick Mallett, who has helped fashion an increasingly formidable Italian outfit.
"I am proud of what we did on Saturday at the Stadio Flaminio," Masi said. "It was a fantastic win for us and much deserved.
"But that win is now in the past and we must look ahead to the game at Scotland.
"We have a duty not to settle for just one win."
Masi contributed massively to Italy's success by scoring their only try of the game.
The feat of the Racing-Metro Paris centre was made all the more impressive given that he played at full-back, a role he had not fulfilled for the national team since February 2009.
Masi will again play at full-back against Scotland and said: "I enjoy playing in both positions.
"But I am open to any role that Mallett considers best for the team."
Masi's impressive performances so far have seen him shortlisted alongside team-mate Fabio Semenzato for the honour of 2011 RBS Player of the Championship.
"I am happy to have made the list," Masi said. "But I believe there are other players, like (England duo) Chris Ashton and Toby Flood, who deserve the award much more than I do."
Italy currently lie fifth in the standings, two points clear of winless Scotland, who ran England close at Twickenham on Sunday before losing 22-16.
They have won at Murrayfield before, claiming a famous 37-17 victory in February 2007, and Masi believes they will need a similar performance to earn the points they need.
"Scotland is a solid and dangerous team," he said. "They attack using all the pitch and they will try to impose the game by playing physical.
"We will have to show the same determination and aggressiveness that we displayed against France, and dominate from a physical standpoint if we are to win."