Brunel worried by Italy display

Date published: August 30 2015

Italy coach Jacques Brunel admits he's worried after his side were hammered away to Scotland in their penultimate warm-up game.

The Azzurri went down 48-7 to the Scots, a week after losing a nail-biter against the same opposition on home soil.

Italy conceded six tries, including two interceptions in the second half, but just as worrying was the way their scrum struggled at Murrayfield.

They will have a final preparation game against Wales next week before kicking off their tournament against France, and Brunel is aware that the clock is ticking.

"We performed pretty well one week ago and today we gave away three interception tries and had a huge lack of possession," Brunel told AFP

"This is what scares me the most.

"I don’t understand how we can change so much, one week to the other. One week ago we built up long playing sequences and today we could barely keep the ball for two.

"I have no doubt we will sort out the issues we saw today. I think it’s been a very bad day.

"We will need to go into the next week with a positive approach, otherwise the Rugby World Cup will be tough. The first goal for us will be getting our confidence back."