Scotland flanker Jason White is refusing to contemplate the possibility of defeat in the RBS 6 Nations clash against Italy at Murrayfield at the end of the month.
Touted as a wooden spoon decider before the championship kicked off, the game on February 26 now looks to be exactly that after both teams lost their opening two games.
After Italy were dismissed 38-8 by Wales in Rome, Scotland remained stuck at the bottom of the table with the Azzurri when they were overpowered by Ireland 40-13 in Edinburgh.
It was a massive blow to Scotland after the encouragement gained from the narrow and unfortunate defeat in Paris the previous week, and it has turned the heat back up on coach Matt Williams.
With a daunting trip to Twickenham and a visit from in-form Wales to follow the Italy match, White's desperation to win the next game is understandable.
The Sale Sharks forward said: ''We just have to win that game, we must win. We are not even going to think about the possibility of not winning.
''We need to sort out how to stop the rolling maul, because we know Italy are good at it just as Ireland had a lot of success with it.
''We need to improve our first-up defence and we need to work on running through more phases of possession.
''We are all massively disappointed after the Ireland game. To see 40 points put up against you is the worst feeling.
''After the first 25 minutes they won the kicking battle and we stopped running at them as we had done in the early stages. O'Gara's kicking was good and they played the territory game well.''
White, one of the few players to emerge with any credit from the game after some strong tackles and aggressive ball-carrying, believes simple mistakes are costing Scotland dearly.
''We are not going to beat ourselves up, he added. ''We performed well last week against France but did not do well this week.
''There were a lot of knock-ons and you can't build phases of possession if that is happening and they are important.
''We struggled with field position and made things worse by kicking out on the full. It is simple stuff but when it is not down well it is costly.
''Their try before half-time was disappointing. If we could have come out and got one before they did it might have been different but after (Denis) Hickie's try it was a long way back.''
Hugo Southwell's opening try following good work from Chris Paterson gave Scotland the perfect start against Ireland but tries from Malcolm O'Kelly and Paul O'Connell set Ireland on the way to their second win of the championship.
Jon Petrie grabbed a second try for Scotland after the break to hint at a recovery but Hickie, John Hayes and Gavin Duffy crossed for Eddie O'Sullivan's men to keep them on track for a first Grand Slam since 1948.
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.