Hogg hoping crowd can play big part in Italian job

02/02/2013,  TSPL, Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday, RBS Six Nations International, Calcutta Cup, England v Scotland, Twickenham Stadium, London. Scotland's Stuart Hogg runs back after scoring Scotland's second try.    Picture Ian Rutherford

02/02/2013, TSPL, Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday, RBS Six Nations International, Calcutta Cup, England v Scotland, Twickenham Stadium, London. Scotland's Stuart Hogg runs back after scoring Scotland's second try. Picture Ian Rutherford

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SCOTTISH rugby star Stuart Hogg believes the Murrayfield crowd will play a huge part in tomorrow’s crunch 6Nations clash with Italy.

The 20-year-old former Greens player was a stand-out performer at Twickenham last Saturday, earning rave reviews for setting up a try and scoring in the second half.

And although he was happy with his own display, the defeat has given the young full-back and the rest of his team-mates plenty to think about ahead of the Italian match.

He said: “I was pleased with my own performance but at the end of the day it’s a team sport and it’s a shame we didn’t get the result.”

“It’ll be a tough game for us (against Italy). They’ll be high in confidence, but we’ve just got to take the game to them.

“There’s no better place to play than Murrayfield. With the crowd behind us it’s going to be an exciting challenge.”

Hogg this week allayed fears of a leg injury sustained during his sprint to the line and try scoring exploits against the English.

“I didn’t know what it was, but I had felt things building up in my leg as I was running so, in that respect, I was a wee bit fortunate to come away with a try,” he said.

“It was a horrible feeling not knowing, but I came off with a few minutes remaining to learn I was suffering from cramp.”

The Glasgow Warriors talent has formed a formidable back three with Sean Maitland and Tim Visser.

There were calls to shift Hogg to the outside centre berth but interim head coach Scott Johnson, who boldly claimed the youngster had his best game in Scotland’s colours last Saturday, has resisted that change for this weekend’s fixture.

And it was a decision warmly welcomed by Hogg, although he admitted he was just happy to be winning his 12th cap.

“I enjoy being at 15. I get plenty of space there that I can utilise for my kicking game, or I can use my passing game and, as you saw at the weekend, my running game,” he added.