Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

Bergamasco eager to impress

Mirco Bergamasco

Italy's Mirco Bergamasco has told his team-mates to seize the chance to make amends for their poor showing in England when they host Wales on Saturday.

The Azzurri were trounced 59-13 by England at Twickenham two weeks ago having previously fallen 13-11 in their Six Nations opener against Ireland.

"We watched the game against England and saw the mistakes we made," Bergamasco said. "The team has worked very hard this week to make sure we don't repeat them and we improve from that performance. We have concentrated especially on our defence, which struggled in London."

He added: "We didn't see the real Italy at Twickenham and we have a chance on Saturday in front of our home fans to make amends with a great performance."

Wales go into the encounter in Rome inspired by their 24-6 triumph over Scotland at Murrayfield last time out.

Bergamasco knows Italy must make the most of their chances if they are to upset Wales.

"Wales are a team who love to play in every zone of the pitch," Bergamasco said. "We have to be efficient and attack their weak points. We will have to remain focused for 80 minutes and score points each time we are in their own half."

Italy lock Santiago Dellape, meanwhile, hopes his side can show the same defensive strength they displayed when they pushed Ireland to the very end last month.

Dellape, who will start against Wales, is one of the three changes made by Italy coach Nick Mallett to the team ahead of this weekend's match.

"It's always hard to play against Wales," Dellape said. "They are a good side and we will have to face them with a great defence just as we did against Ireland."