Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 August 2014

Cuttitta wants repeat performance

Massimo Cuttitta

Scotland forwards coach Massimo Cuttitta is hoping the strong display in the World Cup Pool B defeat of Georgia is replicated in the vital clash with Argentina in Wellington.

After a troublesome time in both scrums and mauls in the 34-24 opening win over Romania, Scotland subdued Georgia's renowned pack in a 15-6 victory in Invercargill on Wednesday.

And Cuttitta is optimistic Scotland's forwards will continue to improve against the Pumas, who possess a pack as fearsome as Georgia's. The 45-year-old former Italy international told Press Association Sport: "The work we've been doing is coming out now. We just need consistency now; we need to prove we can do it again and again and again."

He added: "It's all about getting the confidence and getting better and better. Hopefully we can take it on against Argentina. I'd like the pack to do the same thing as they've just done against Georgia."

Head coach Andy Robinson and Cuttitta expected Romania and Georgia to be tough tussles and were satisfied with Scotland's displays. On a wet night at the World Cup's most southerly destination, Scotland hit Georgia where they were strongest and emerged triumphant.

Cuttitta added: "Having done the analysis they (Georgia) destroyed Romania in the scrums in all the games they played against them so we knew what to expect.

"We took them on right where they were really strong and I thought the boys did well."

Key to the victory was Euan Murray, the tighthead prop who is now set to miss the Argentina match because it is against his religious beliefs to play on Sundays.

Cuttitta believes Geoff Cross and Moray Low, who is yet to feature in the tournament, are more than capable deputies.

He added: "We've got three hookers all at the same level, three tightheads all at the same level. They've all been doing well, they've all been working hard and working for the team. I'm happy with everyone."

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