Scotland Women’s Captain Lisa Martin admits there is a “different type of pressure” on her team heading into Friday night’s 6 Nations clash with Italy.

The teams meet at Broadwood Stadium at 6.20pm with the hosts looking to end a positive couple of months with a second victory.

Lisa’s side of course beat Wales three weeks ago for their first win in the event in seven years – but the centre is not happy with just one triumph and wants to sign off with another.

“It is quite strange going into this one I suppose, in previous years and matches we have always been searching for that elusive win, but now we have it we want to kick on,” the 26-year-old said.

“The Wales match was the best one of most of our careers, but it brings its own pressures because now people will perhaps expect us to defeat Italy.

“However, we lost to England 64-0 last week while Italy are a proud team who are looking for their first win this year and we know that it will not be an easy evening. We are determined to back up the Wales result though.”

Lisa admits she would have “bitten your hand off” had you offered her two wins before the event began back in early February.

And she feels victory over the Italians is crucial to keeping the ‘feel good’ factor in the women’s game going.

“We have seen great coverage of our matches in the media in recent months and that has helped get more young girls interested in the sport,” she said.

“As a squad we know that putting another positive result on the board would just help even more and we are all focused on the job in hand in Cumbernauld.”

Thanks to Scottish Rugby/SNS for the photo of Lisa Martin taking on Wales

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