Mallett: Italy will not get arrogant
March 18, 2011
Nick Mallett has promised that his side will not get ahead of themselves © Getty Images
Italy coach Nick Mallett has promised that his side will not get 'arrogant' after their historic win over France last weekend.
The Azzurri travel to Edinburgh on Saturday, where they will face a Scotland team desperate to avoid the wooden spoon after four losses from four outings.
A second Six Nations victory at Murrayfield, after a runaway triumph in 2007, would be another major plus for Mallett, who believes that Italy are knocking on the door of the top 10 in the IRB World Rankings.
"I'm happy people enjoyed the win against France, but we can't be arrogant," he said. "I'm sure Italy have improved a lot over the last two years and especially in the last six months.
"We only won one game by one point one week ago and no other team conceded eight tries against England as we did. We even lost two games at home. We must keep improving. We are 12th in the ranking and I'm sure maybe we can reach seventh or sixth position."
Scotland have lost three of their last four Six Nations meetings with Italy, but Mallett is expecting a tough examination of his side's credentials.
"I think Scotland are a very, very good side and it just shows how tight this competition is," he said. "They were the side that came in with arguably the best record.
"Five wins and one loss against a very good All Blacks side and one draw is a hell of a good record going into this competition. We could say we were close to winning our two home games [against Ireland and Wales], but so could they.
"It was probably only in the Wales game they didn't play as best they could. You look at the way they played against England and the way we played against England and you can't really compare the two teams. England were the most relieved side to get off the field on Sunday. Scotland are a very good side."
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