Do not tell Frank Hadden and Pierre Berbizier there will be little at stake when Italy and Scotland go head-to-head in the final round of this year's RBS 6 Nations Championship.
The main prize may be lost to both Italy and Scotland in 2006 with Ireland and France battling it out for the title.
But, after the massive improvements made by both the Scots and Italians, the race is on for a morale boost at the Stadio Flaminio in Rome.
Scotland have already claimed the scalps of France and England at Murrayfield this year, sparking a fresh impetus in the game in the country.
Head coach Hadden has been feted as a potential 'saviour' - a tag he will all too willingly reject.
But following the reign of Matt Williams which ended in three Test wins from a possible 17, the former Edinburgh Gunners chief has restored pride to the Scots.
Jason White has proved to be a revelation in his captaincy role while others such as stand-off Dan Parks have flourished.
Hadden will rest Parks for the game in Rome in favour of stand-off Gordon Ross.
But the gauntlet has already been laid down for the returning Ross, British & Irish Lions Chris Cusiter and Scott Lawson to stake their claim for a regular berth in the team.
However, Italy can also be considered as one of the most improved nations in the game.
After acting as the perennial whipping boys of the tournament since their arrival in 2000, Berbizier's team have shocked a number of nations this year with some effective play, culminating in their draw against Wales.
Indeed, Ireland, England and France can all count themselves fortunate to have defeated the Italians this year.
Now Berbizier and is team are aiming for one final push to end the RBS 6 Nations on a high.
As head coach Stuart Lancaster polishes the axe he will soon wield over his World Cup training squad, Exeter Chiefs coach Rob Baxter has backed Jack Nowell, Henry Slade and Luke Cowan-Dickie to be given a stay of execution.
Italy Under-20s held off a late Samoa blitz to retain their place in the World Rugby U20 Championship on Saturday and head coach Alessandro Troncon believes the experience will have served as a valuable lesson for his young troops.