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Brunel bemoans defensive effort

09th November 2013 19:16

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Jacques Brunel

Unhappy: Jacques Brunel

Italy coach Jacques Brunel believes poor defence lies at the heart of his side's 50-20 hammering against Australia on Saturday.

The Azzurri could not have asked for a better start as they raced into a 10-0 lead in the opening quarter thanks to a try by Australian-born Luke McLean.

However, it wasn't long before Australia, who were hurting from last week's defeat to England, bounced back and started exposing some of the inneficiencies in Italy's line-up.

"Our defence just wasn't at its usual level and when you're up against a team known for their speed, you can't let that happen," said Brunel after the contest.

Having come within inches of defeating the Wallabies just a year ago - before suffering a 22-19 loss - Brunel's frustration was well warranted.

"After the first half, or at least the first 30 minutes, I saw some quality play from Italy," he added.

"Unfortunately we made too many unforced errors and at the end of the day our defence certainly wasn't up to the job."

A poor goal-kicking display from Alberto di Bernardo prevented Italy from building pressure although credit must go to the visitors who threatened every time they broke the line.

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