Parks rues missed chances
Lack of pressure key in defeat, says star kicker
Last Updated: 28/02/10 3:34pm
Dan Parks says he is "very frustrated" at the errors that allowed Italy to grab a 16-12 victory against Scotland in Rome.
"They took the one chance they had and that's it."
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The stand-off excelled with his kicking game, slotting three penalties through the posts as well as nailing a drop-goal to account for all of his side's points.
But his performance was not enough in the end as a try from Pablo Canavosio proved decisive in condemning the Scots to their fourth defeat in six visits to the Italian capital.
Much of Parks' exasperation stemmed from the lack of pressure provided by the rest of his team after his kicks frequently found touch in the opponents' territory.
"I was very frustrated," he said.
"When you kick a ball to touch and then chase, and they get a chance to take a quick one - that really bugs me.
"It's just an urgency thing really; I think it's as simple as that.
"It was hot out there but we shouldn't be letting them take things quickly, because that would've been ideal.
"That's the whole idea of putting it into touch, to put them under pressure at the line-out."
He added: "We got in the areas - it's been highlighted that we got in there a lot of times - but we just didn't capitalise.
"Very disappointing, very disappointing. Had chances, didn't take them. I think that's the be all and end all."
It was a second consecutive heartbreaking defeat for Scotland, who capitulated against Wales and were on the receiving end of an improbable comeback last time out.
Parks says that he felt his side had done enough to win both games, which only served to further his sense of disappointment.
"It was a different type of game to Wales," he said.
"I'm never happy when we lose so it's very difficult. Maybe on reflection in a couple of days, I might feel differently.
"But, at the moment, I'm really disappointed because we really wanted to win this game.
"We think we deserved to; we deserved to beat Wales and we didn't and we thought we'd do enough (against Italy)."
He added: "They took the one chance they had and that's it."