Denton relishing key battle

Scottish star looking to win personal duel with Parisse

Last updated: 16th March 2012  

Denton relishing key battle

David Denton: Relishing battle with Sergio Parisse

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Scotland's David Denton feels he could make a big difference in Saturday's Six Nations wooden-spoon clash with Italy.

The number eight faces a personal duel with opposing captain Sergio Parisse - one he feels could swing the Rome clash in the visitors' favour.

The Edinburgh back row has impressed at the base of the scrum during the tournament, but has yet to be on the winning side. He is, however, relishing his clash with Parisse as he bids to right that wrong.

The 22-year-old said: "I've never played against him before and I'm really looking forward to it.

"He's one of the great number eights in the world, as are (Ireland's) Jamie Heaslip, (France's Imanol) Harinordoquy, who we've played in the last few weeks.

"It's been a great opportunity for me to learn and test myself up against the best and I think I've gone well so far.

Talisman

"I think it's about getting it right this weekend against their talisman.

"I've got an opportunity this weekend to make a big difference. If you can get on top of Parisse it might get them down a bit.

"It's important for me to win that personal battle for the team to do well."

Despite last week's 32-14 loss to Ireland, Denton is confident of a response as Scotland seek to end the tournament on a high by ending a run of six straight losses with a first win in Rome since 2006.

He added: "There was a lot of disappointment in camp after the Ireland game, particularly that night.

"But there was a real quick turnaround so there wasn't time to dwell on it. We needed to start concentrating on the task at hand.

"It was the first game we had really under performed in the Six Nations. We've been playing some great rugby and it's about getting back to that this week.

"We're disappointed with where we are. We're a proud bunch of guys and that's not where we wanted to be.

"It's a really important occasion. We're capable of putting in a really good game against Italy and getting a good win.

"If we get the scrum right and play some clever rugby we'll do that."

A seventh successive loss on Saturday would be Scotland's poorest sequence since 1998.

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