Parisse relieved to end losing run

Date published: November 11 2014

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Italy captain and number eight Sergio Parisse revealed that had been tension in the national squad during their 12-month losing streak.

Italy captain and number eight Sergio Parisse revealed that had been tension in the national squad during their 12-month losing streak.

The unwanted run came to an end with the 24-13 victory over Samoa last Saturday.

Pleased with his team’s ‘will to win’ after they came from behind to defeat the Pacific Islanders, Parisse wants the same attitude to be carried into this week’s clash with Argentina.

“It’s been a tough year so of course we felt a little tension, but our will to win was huge,” Parisse told AFP.

“We prepared well during the week and I’m really proud of how we managed the game when we went in front and also how we defended at the end when Samoa pressed us.

“This kind of attitude can only serve us well for Argentina.”

Parisse said that extensive video work on the Samoans had revealed the major flaw in their defensive system, which Italy fly-half Kelly Haimona exploited for Parisse’s try.

“We studied the Samoans on video and realised that after three or four phases they left space behind their defensive line, so today we tried [to exploit that],” said the Stade Fran

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