Six Nations

Brunel rues Italy failure

Italy coach Jacques Brunel was left disappointed by his team's lack of competitiveness in their 58-15 Six Nations loss to Ireland on Saturday.

The Irish crossed for nine tries at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin to record a resounding win – their first of the tournament this year.

Brunel said his team had failed in the targets they set themselves as they were left winless and bottom in the table.

"Ireland was above us physically today. We were unable to stop them," he said.

"If you give them time and space, they will show their qualities. We worked in the week on slowing them down, but it did not happen today.

"Our ambition today was to be competitive, but we failed. We wanted to put some pressure on Ireland. We have many young guys in the team but they need to learn how to play in the Test arena."

Italy captain Sergio Parisse urged his team to make up for their errors in their final outing, a trip to Wales on March 19.

"This team needs to learn from matches like the one we lost today," he said.

"Everybody must give more. The first half was very poor but I wasn't expecting such a bad second half. I hate losing but I want to keep positive. I need to stay positive for my team."