Italy scrum-half Manfredi Albanese revealed an added focus was the secret behind Italy’s first win of the 2021 Six Nations Under-20s over Scotland.
The diminutive No.9 capped a fine individual display with a show and go try as his side put on a stunning performance which saw them run out 43-3 winners over Sean Lineen’s men.
Albanese was a livewire from the base throughout and in the second-half took full advantage of a bit of space down the short side following a rolling maul.
He sold a lovely dummy and darted over to collect the try his Player of the Match performance fully merited.
Albanese was pleased that he was able to get the Italian attack flowing along with half-back partner and No.10 Leonardo Marin, as Massimo Brunello’s side had only scored a try apiece in their first two games, the defeats to Wales and France.
After the win, Albanese said: “Our focus was the difference, they didn’t score a try at the end [when Scotland pressured the line].
“We had scored just two tries in this Championship beforehand, so we are very happy that today we also played very good in attack.
“We took all the points we could [that were on offer].”
Fellow tryscorer and captain Luca Andreani revealed it was a ‘special day’ for his side who engaged in exuberant celebrations after the full-time whistle.
The back rower said: “Yes it’s a special day, we played the game we wanted to and I am proud of my boys.”
Defending champions Ireland lost out to England who preserved their 100% record and hopes of pulling off a Grand Slam in the last game of Thursday’s triple-header.
And Italy still have to face both of the top two sides, but Albanese is confident his team have shown they can mix it with the best the Six Nations Under-20s has to offer.
But they will face an incredibly stern test against a wounded Ireland with Richie Murphy’s side looking to bounce back immediately in Round 4.
“We can play with all these teams, now we have two tough games against Ireland and England so we have to do more,” said Albanese.
“Next week it’s a big match.”