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Six Nations: Jacques Brunel admitted his Italy side were second best

Last Updated: 23/02/13 6:50pm

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Jacques Brunel: Italy not good enough

Jacques Brunel: Italy not good enough

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Italy coach Jacques Brunel gave credit to Wales following their 26-9 Six Nations win at a rain-lashed Stadio Olimpico on Saturday.

The hosts were undone by second-half tries from Jonathan Davies and Alex Cuthbert.

"I don't think the problem was our ability to play, we just didn't manage the game very well. Wales were a lot more precise than us," said Brunel.

"That was the difference, Wales were more efficient. Our game just wasn't there today."

Italy captain Martin Castrogiovanni, standing in for the suspended Sergio Parisse, capped a miserable day by being sin-binned midway through the second period..

"We conceded nine points from scrums, which is my problem as well as the team's. I need to work on that," said the prop.

"The referee is always right. If we had done what we were told and also managed our kicking game better, maybe the referee wouldn't have mattered so much.

"There are no excuses. You need to be perfect in all aspects, but we weren't today.

"I was very honoured to be made captain, but I don't like losing. I hate losing even when I am playing Playstation.

"We didn't really handle some areas very well. There are ups and down in life, and today was one of the downs."

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