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Kellock ready for 'massive game'

Scotland captain Alastair Kellock believes this Saturday's RBS 6 Nations match with Italy is of the same magnitude as England's trip to Dublin, but for different reasons.

While England, who beat Scotland 22-16 last Sunday, travel to Ireland in search of a first Grand Slam since 2003, Scotland will be aiming to avoid the wooden spoon after four defeats in four games.

The Glasgow Warriors lock told Press Association Sport: "It's a massive game for us, we know that. We've got to take positives from the England game and use the momentum we've got - even though we were beaten - to push for a top performance that it will take to beat the Italians, especially on the back of the win they've just had."

Defeats to France, Wales and Ireland were followed by the loss at Twickenham, in which Scotland put on a much-improved display only to remain winless in west London since 1983.

Just 24 hours earlier Italy secured their first win over France and will be travelling to Edinburgh anticipating a second victory at Murrayfield.

Kellock is determined his Scotland side justify the expectation with which they entered the tournament - off the back of five wins in six Tests - and avoid finishing bottom of the pile for a first time since 2007.

He added: "England and ourselves have huge weekends this weekend, but unfortunately for us for different reasons."

A late Max Evans try brought Scotland within a converted score of England at Twickenham and Kellock believes his side must build on their performance this weekend.

He added: "We had a real chance of winning that game; everybody realises how special it would've been had we won that game.

"We've got to look at the things we did well, take them on board and push to get a performance this week."


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