Italy coach John Kirwan has warned his side they must eradicate the errors that blighted their loss to Wales or risk suffering a third successive RBS 6 Nations defeat when they face Scotland on Saturday.
Italy travel to Edinburgh ahead of the match at Murrayfield, which on paper offers the Azzurri their best chance of picking up a win in this year's competition.
Italy lost both of their opening matches at home - to Ireland and Wales - and after the Scotland game they must travel to Twickenham to play world champions England and then host defending RBS 6 Nations champions France in their final outing.
Like Italy, Scotland have yet to win a match this year and Kirwan believes his side have every chance of coming away with a victory.
However, the former New Zealand winger believes their hopes could be scuppered by a repeat of the slip-ups that occurred during the 38-8 reverse to Wales last time out.
"If the defeat against Wales has taught us anything, it's that at this level we can't make any mistakes," Kirwan told www.federugby.it.
"In the RBS 6 Nations, which is a high-level tournament, every error you make will come at a high price, like what happened two weeks ago against Wales."
Even if Italy cut out the errors, Kirwan is still anticipating a formidable test for his side when they take to the field at Murrayfield.
"We have to be aggressive for 80 minutes, keep calm in every situation and display great maturity on the pitch," he said.
"Scotland know our style of play very well, they are also playing at home in one of the most passionate stadiums in the world and they start as favourites.
"It will be fundamental to keep cool in the difficult moments - in the key situations of the game."
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