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Steadman hopes to catch Italy out

Defence coach Graham Steadman hopes Scotland can build on their performance against England and capitalise on any Italian hangover in Saturday's RBS 6 Nations wooden spoon decider at Murrayfield.

Scotland suffered their fourth loss of the tournament against England on Sunday, losing 22-16 at Twickenham in a much-improved display, while 24 hours earlier Italy celebrated a first win over France to enter the final match of the championship in buoyant mood.

Steadman said: "I'd like to think they were celebrating not only into the early hours of Sunday morning, but Monday morning. They'll travel with a confidence that they can finish with four points. We've a responsibility to turn that confidence into a negative and do a job on them."

Steadman hopes a partisan crowd can help Scotland's cause.

He added: "The players owe the public a performance this weekend but I would urge the public to give their all to the players too.

"Get behind them and be vocal - just as the Italian crowd did in Rome last Saturday against France.

"When you go through tough times in a game the backing from the stands can make a huge difference to the players.

"So when the testing periods come on Saturday my appeal to the Scotland supporters would be to keep expressing your support for the team."

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