Wednesday 20 February 2019

Sergio Parisse: Ireland didn't do much to put us under pressure

David Kelly

David Kelly

Italian captain Sergio Parisse claimed Ireland did not have to do much to put pressure on his side as he bemoaned his side's reliance on defence for most of today's 26-3 defeat.

And he claimed that he should have been awarded a last-minute consolation try after asserting that he did not knock the ball on in the build-up to Kelly Haimona's disallowed try.

7 February 2015; Ian Keatley, Ireland, is tackled by Edoardo Gori, left, and George Biagi, Italy. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Italy v Ireland. Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
7 February 2015; Ian Keatley, Ireland, is tackled by Edoardo Gori, left, and George Biagi, Italy. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Italy v Ireland. Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
7 February 2015; Jared Payne, Ireland, is tackled by Luca Morisi, left, and Kelly Haimona, Italy. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Italy v Ireland. Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
7 February 2015; Ian Keatley, Ireland, kicks a first half penalty. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Italy v Ireland. Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
7 February 2015; Peter O'Mahony, Ireland, jumps in the lineout with Sergio Paresse, Italy. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Italy v Ireland. Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
7 February 2015; Edoardo Gori, Italy. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Italy v Ireland. Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
7 February 2015; Joshua Furno, Italy, in action against Peter O'Mahony, Ireland. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Italy v Ireland. Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Ireland had twice as much possession and territory as their hosts and the tiring Italians wilted after being forced to make an incredible 205 tackles during the game.

Eventually the pressure showed as Ireland struck for two second-half tries thanks to Conor Murray and Tommy O'Donnell after leading by just 9-3 at the break despite their utter domination.

"We don't show too much today," said Parisse after the 26-3 victory for Ireland at Stadio Olimpico. "30% possession is not enough to win the match. Ireland didn't do much to put us under pressure but they had the ball for the most of the time and you can't defend for 80 minutes against a team like Ireland.

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"We defended well but to win a match like this, you need to get more possession. We spent too much time defending. We have to learn from this match and next week improve our lineout and get more possession to be competitive in Twickenham.

"We don't have many individual talents but we can go forward when we can be physical. We need to fix a lot of things but when we find the balance we can be a good team.

Video highlights:

An Ireland supporter celebrates Ireland victory close to the final whistle at the Stadio Olimpico.
Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
An Ireland supporter celebrates Ireland victory close to the final whistle at the Stadio Olimpico. Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Irish fans arrive at the stadium prior to kickoff during the RBS Six Nations match between Italy and Ireland at the Stadio Olimpico Jamie McDonald/Getty Images
Ireland fans arrive for the RBS 6 Nations match at the Stadio Olympico, Rome, Italy. Gareth Fuller/PA Wire.
An Ireland fan arrives for the RBS 6 Nations match at the Stadio Olympico, Rome, Italy. Gareth Fuller/PA Wire.
Ireland and Italian supporters take a 'selfie' at the Stadio Olimpico. Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Ireland supporters take a 'selfie' at the Stadio Olimpico. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Irish rugby fans during the RBS 6 Nations match at the Stadio Olympico, Rome. Gareth Fuller/PA Wire.
Rugby fans arrive for the RBS 6 Nations match at the Stadio Olympico, Rome, Italy. Gareth Fuller/PA Wire.
Rugby fans arrive for the RBS 6 Nations match at the Stadio Olympico, Rome, Italy. Gareth Fuller/PA Wire.
Ireland supporters look on after victory over Italy at the Stadio Olimpico Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
An Ireland supporter at the Stadio Olimpico. Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
An Ireland supporter urges on her side at the Stadio Olimpico. Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Ireland supporters at the Stadio Olimpico. Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
An Ireland supporter urges on his side at the Stadio Olimpico. Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
An Ireland supporter urges on his side at the Stadio Olimpico. Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
An Ireland supporter at the Stadio Olimpico. Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
An Ireland supporter urges on his side at the Stadio Olimpico. Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
An Ireland supporter urges on his side at the Stadio Olimpico Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
An Ireland supporter watches on at the Stadio Olimpico. Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

"We had little possession and this influences the final score, it is impossible to win a match with such a disparity between attack and defence, we only had 30% possession," admitted coach Jacques Brunel.

"There was a lot of ineffectiveness, we gave away a lot of mauls and the lineout was an issue. We conceded nine points from the scrum but I think ours is better than Ireland's. But the lineout was the main issue for us.

"Defence was an asset but we must refine the balance between attack and defence. I am confident we can redress those issues."

Alesandro Zanni and Michele Campagnaro suffered knee while Marco Barbini had four stitches to a cheek injury and will be assessed on Monday ahead of the side's visit to Twickenham to face England.

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