Allan Aiming To Cut(Tita) It Against Italy

ImageScotland prop Allan Jacobsen believes he has been taught how to get the upper hand up front against Italy in Rome on Saturday " after being coached at Edinburgh by Azzurri scrummaging legend, Massimo Cuttita.

Cuttita has been Edinburgh's specialist scrummaging coach for the past 18 months after a 10-year international career as a no-nonsense prop with Italy where he captained his country on 22 occasions.

And 27-cap Jacobsen says the ex-Bologna front rower has given him a whole new perspective to the dark art of scrummaging; a skill-set he is aiming to put to the test in Rome.

Jacobsen said: "I have learned a lot of Massimo over the past couple of seasons. He came to Edinburgh last year and he has shown me different scrummaging techniques to what I had previously been taught.

"It is just a different style, especially for a loosehead and one that I wasn't used to at first, but it has really helped me.

"It is one of those things that you have to keep practising and practising. It is good to learn about different styles and then you can use it with what you already knew before."
Jacobsen revealed that Cuttita's experience is not the only thing that rubs off during scrum practice; the Italian's enthusiasm has left a mark as well.

He added: "He certainly loves his scrummaging; I don't think I know anyone who is as passionate about scrummaging as Massimo Cuttita."

In the aftermath of last week's Calcutta Cup win, Jacobsen stresses that no-one in the Scotland camp has got carried away with the success and that every member of the squad is totally focused on achieving a positive result against Italy.

He added: "We are delighted with the win last week, especially after how the other results had gone. We got a good result against England, but that all counts for nothing if we don't go to Italy and perform.

"I actually think Italy is one of the hardest places to go. They have got a really good pack and are really physical up front. They get better all the time, so it is going to be a tough game."