Six Nations: Barclay banking on Scots to finally deliver
John Barclay knows Scotland must win tomorrow’s RBS 6 Nations wooden spoon decider with Italy to finish a championship which promised so much, but has yet to deliver, on something of a high.
Scotland entered the tournament on a run of five wins in six Tests, but go into the final weekend at the wrong end of the table after four defeats from four games.
Italy travel to Murrayfield — the venue for their one previous Six Nations away win, in 2007, when they were three tries up inside six minutes — one week after the most famous result in their history, the 22-21 defeat of France in Rome.
The Azzurri have won three of their last four Six Nations matches with Scotland, losing a Rugby World Cup pool contest in 2007, and Barclay is acutely aware the visitors will be seeking another success.
The 24-year-old Glasgow Warriors flanker said: “Every year they target this game.
“We played them at the World Cup and that was a huge game. Before then and after then, every year, for one reason and another, this is a big game for both teams. It's a game we have to win — it's as simple as that.
“Unfortunately for the situation as it is right now, a lot of it is about restoring some pride.
“We're hugely disappointed about what's gone before in the championship, but that's gone now and the only thing we can do now is push forward and put in a huge performance this weekend.”