Coach Robbie Deans admits Wallabies lucky to hold on for win in Italy
Last Updated: 24/11/12 11:25pm
Robbie Deans: Relieved to beat Azzurri in Italy
Australia coach Robbie Deans admits his side were lucky to come away with a victory after edging out Italy 22-19 in Florence.
The Azzurri were 22-3 down at half-time but clawed their way back into the match and in the final minute Luciano Orquera, who had knocked over each of his previous five kicks, put a penalty heartbreakingly wide as Italy missed out on a historic first draw against Australia.
"It's frustrating that we are creating chances but we're not finishing them," Deans said.
"It was a very good start by the lads. We didn't quite get the return we were hoping for. It was very stop-start in the second half and Italy brought a lot of pressure to bear. They played well.
"I don't think that us switching off was a big part of it. You can't fault the physical effort of our blokes. Clearly we weren't accurate."
Italy coach Jacques Brunel was proud of his side, who pushed New Zealand for an hour before losing 42-10 a week ago.
"It was important for us, after the game against New Zealand, to be capable of affirming ourselves at this level," Brunel said. "We are still lacking something but we succeeded.
"We're on the right path. Against the All Blacks we weren't as good in the second half and today we had difficulty in the first half.
"We have to manage to play at the same level for the whole 80 minutes, that's what makes the difference at this level where you pay a heavy price for every error.
"We could have drawn or won and we wouldn't have stolen anything. But Orquera had an excellent game."