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