Parisse admits pressure
Italy captain Sergio Parisse admits there is pressure to get a positive result in the RBS Six Nations finale with Scotland on Saturday.
Last Updated: 16/03/12 3:10pm
Italy captain Sergio Parisse admits there is pressure to get a positive result in Saturday's RBS Six Nations finale with Scotland.
Both sides will be battling to avoid the wooden spoon after failing to pick up a point so far in this season's tournament.
Italy close to defeating England in their only previous home match in the competition and the skipper is targeting a win to reward the Rome faithful and coach Jacques Brunel, who is experiencing his first tournament in charge since he succeeded Nick Mallett.
Parisse said: "It's a fundamental match. There's not just the desire to play a great match but there's also the pressure to get a positive result.
"The reality is that both Scotland and ourselves have played good matches in this Six Nations.
"We've both been close to getting good results but at the end we find ourselves in this last match playing (to avoid) last place.
"It's not disappointing to play them for last place, it's a match like all the others, and even more so because it's at home and we have a responsibility to play well in front of our fans.
"Against England we were very bitter so tomorrow we have the possibility to play Scotland.
"It's very important for our group and for Jacques because it's not easy to start with a Six Nations tournament like this.
"A win could help him continue his work with more serenity."
Italy have only once recorded more than one win in the Six Nations since joining the tournament in 2000 and Parisse is targeting more consistency in future.
"It's very important for us to be more consistent as a team," he said.
"I think we can match anyone in the Six Nations but we have to be consistent.
"We need to be able to put in good performances week in week out."