Italy second-row George Biagi is “still bitter” after they couldn’t hold onto their lead, ultimately losing to Wales in Rome on Sunday.
Despite being 7-3 in front at the interval, the Azzurri eventually went down 33-7 to the Welsh, who recovered well in the second period.
Biagi thinks a lack of discipline was to blame for their slump after the turnaround and wants that to improve against Ireland this week.
“I’m not going to hide it, I’m still bitter about Sunday’s game. We played perfectly for the first 40 points and went off knowing that we had the quality to finish what we had started,” he told the Six Nations website.
“If we’d been able to score before the break, going in at 14-3, the game probably would have gone differently. It would have been harder for them to get back into it.
“In the first half Wales came up against a good defence and ran out of options. Then we paid for our indiscipline and they, after the yellow card, were good at using their talent and finding space.
“It changed the game and I have no doubt the result would have been in doubt until the end.”