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Last Updated:  Friday, 28 March, 2003, 14:06 GMT
Scots must find tries
Chris Paterson was a try-scorer against Wales
Scotland will be looking to improve their dismal try-scoring record when Italy come to Murrayfield on Saturday.

The Scots have only managed to cross the try-line three times in this season's RBS Six Nations - and those all came in the sole victory over Wales.

Following heavy defeats to Ireland, France and England, during which Scotland only amassed a total of 18 points - all from the boot, the emphasis must now be on landing five-pointers.

Winger Chris Paterson maintains Scotland are determined to sign off the campaign in style with victory over the Italians ahead of the summer tour to South Africa and the World Cup in Australia.

"You can have good days and bad days with kicking but our focus this weekend must be on scoring tries.

"We have created quite a few good opportunities but executed very few of them.

"We have to score tries, not just in this game but also the future matches.

"Even at Twickenham, we cut through one of the best defensive lines in world rugby a few times but failed to score.

"But we want to score tries for ourselves and the supporters.

"It is not an individual to try and do everything. You have to play within the team surroundings and, if I can win the ball at a ruck for somebody else to score, I will be just as delighted.

"I suppose the days when a winger would take the ball in his hands and beat everybody are gone - wingers have more important roles such as winning ball and supporting players these days.

"It may look as though we are not involved but I can assure you, we are covering quite a bit of ground.

"The performance is key. When we won against Wales, it lifted everyone.

"It was such a good feeling and that is why you play international rugby and it is desperately important we get a win on Saturday."

Paterson, who celebrates his 25th birthday on Sunday, is part of an unchanged Scotland XV named by coach Ian McGeechan.




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