Six Nations: Chris Harris says Scotland must deliver against Italy
Chris Harris is familiar with the pressure ahead of his??side’s Six Nations clash with Italy but states Scotland should provide an??80-minute functionality.
Scotland face Italy on Saturday about the back of bothersome seven-point defeats against Ireland and England.
Head coach Gregor Townsend was already facing pressure following Scotland’s failure to reach the World Cup knockout phases, along with also the opening defeats have been compounded by the breakdown of his relationship with all the now-exiled Finn Russell.
Harris has been introduced into the beginning line-up to get Huw Jones in one of 3 changes to the, among them enforced by the hands accident of Jonny Gray.
The Gloucester midfielder is confident Scotland so are excited to get out there and prove it and possess the game plan to turn their pressure into things.
“There is stress on Gregor, there is pressure on us,” that the 29-year-old said.
“We’ve only got to deliver. We are totally capable, we have got the game program, it is just going out there and putting in that performance.
“it is a huge one for everybody involved. Obviously we are eager to get our first win. We have been fairly close and we are frustrated that we have not come out on top.
“The build-up has been pretty positive. We’ve looked at Italywe know what to expect from these, we know what’s expected out of us.
“It’s all about going out there with the exact same enthusiasm and energy and only deliver – finish the match rather than going nicely for 60 (minutes).”
Harris, who has come off the bench in both games, included:”We’ve been outside the try line many times and never really converted so there’s an element of looking at the detail of that and making sure that we come away with points every time we get into our end zone.
“Honestly, I think we’ve been playing some fantastic rugby. We’ve made lineup breaks, we have been in positions to score. I think that it’s discipline within our contour to come away with more points.
“We lacked rather a lot of penalties in the breakdown from Ireland so that was a big thing we spoke about, we have to make certain that does not happen again.”
After he lined up against Scotland skipper Stuart Hogg, harris got 70 minutes of action against Exeter last Friday.
“We stated after the game it was a bit odd playing against each other,” Harris said.
“We really played each other if we were 16-17,” Carlisle v Hawick I believe it was.
“I was pleased to get some game time. It wasn’t the kind of weather we hoped for, along with it being wet. I can not remember and it was not greasy. However, it was great for more of a run than 20-odd minutes”