We've taken a step backwards – Brunel

Date published: February 23 2014

Italy head coach Jacques Brunel is wanting a response from his men when they face Ireland after suffering a 21-20 defeat to Scotland.

Italy head coach Jacques Brunel is wanting a response from his squad when they face Ireland after suffering a 21-20 defeat to Scotland in Rome.

The Scots inflicted on Italy their third consecutive Six Nations defeat on Saturday, despite the Azzurri having led 13-3 at the half-time interval.

But up stepped visiting fly-half Duncan Weir with a late drop-goal that sealed the win for Scotland, leaving Brunel lamenting the Round Three loss.

“We've taken a step backwards in terms of how we played in our two previous games,” he said.

“The quality of our game throughout was poor. At times we were strong in defence but we had far too many handling errors and lacked efficiency at the line-outs.

“Apart from the defence, we failed in most other departments.”

After travelling to Ireland, Italy will host England on March 15 for their Championship finale, with Brunel hinting that he expects a reaction in those games.

“We'll see in good time how we're going to approach those games,” he said.

“For now we have to analyse what went wrong against the Scots. Our whole mission has been pushed back a step and we need to look at why and then try to see how we react.”

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