Parisse proud of spirited Azzurri

Sun, 02 Feb 2014 10:08
Large sergioparissewales Large michelecampagnarowales Large michelerizzowales

Italy captain Sergio Parisse says he’s proud of the way an injury-hit side featuring several novice backs performed in the cauldron of Cardiff on Saturday.

Italy captain Sergio Parisse says he’s proud of the way an injury-hit side featuring several novice backs performed in the cauldron of Cardiff on Saturday.

Italy trailed 3-17 at half-time after two costly defensive errors led to tries for Alex Cuthbert and Scott Williams.

But the Azzurri produced a spirited second-half performance, centre Michele Campagnaro scoring a brace in a man of the match effort to bring the visitors within five before a Leigh Halfpenny penalty ensured a 23-15 win for Wales.

"Before this match against Wales we were worried about our young backs because we conceded a lot of tries in the November Tests," said Parisse, who on Saturday was a member of the most experienced pack ever to take the field in an international, with nearly 600 caps between the eight forwards.

"I think we are happy for the performance, obviously a loss is a loss so we are not happy about the result," the world-class No.8 added. "But we are proud."

Italy, who beat France 23-18 in Rome last year, now travel to Paris to face Les Bleus, fresh from their thrilling 26-24 victory over England on Saturday.

Parisse, who plays his club rugby in the French capital for Stade Francais, urged the Azzurri not to let-up.

"I said to the guys 'we mustn't just think we've played a good game [against Wales] and in France next week it's going to be easier'.

"In France, it's going to be 30 times more difficult. We must keep working and building in this tournament."

AFP

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 28 April 2017
Highlanders v Stormers 07h35 Dunedin
Cardiff Blues v Zebre 18h05 Cardiff
Edinburgh v Dragons 18h35 Myreside
Leinster v Glasgow Warriors 18h35 RDS Arena
Newcastle Falcons v Worcester Warriors 19h00 Kingston Park
Sat, 29 April 2017
Chiefs v Sunwolves 07h35 Hamilton
Reds v Waratahs 09h45 Suncorp Stadium
Force v Lions 11h55 Perth
Ospreys v Ulster 14h00 Liberty Stadium
Bath v Gloucester 14h00 Recreation Ground
Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints 14h00 Sandy Park
Saracens v Bristol 14h00 Allianz Park
Harlequins v Wasps 14h00 Twickenham Stoop
Leicester Tigers v Sale Sharks 14h00 Welford Road
Cheetahs v Crusaders 15h15 Bloemfontein
Treviso v Munster 17h05 Stadio Monigo
Kings v Rebels 17h30 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Connacht v Scarlets 18h35 Sportsground
Jaguares v Sharks 19h40 Buenos Aires
Sun, 30 April 2017
Brumbies v Blues 06h05 Canberra
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 23 April 2017
Clermont Auvergne v Leinster 27 | 22
Sat, 22 April 2017
Sharks v Rebels 9 | 9
Bulls v Cheetahs 20 | 14
Munster v Saracens 10 | 26
Force v Chiefs 7 | 16
Crusaders v Stormers 57 | 24
Highlanders v Sunwolves 40 | 15
Fri, 21 April 2017
Lions v Jaguares 24 | 21
Waratahs v Kings 24 | 26
Hurricanes v Brumbies 56 | 21
Mon, 17 April 2017
UP-Tuks v Maties 28 | 21
Sun, 16 April 2017
Bristol v Wasps 21 | 36
Northampton Saints v Saracens 25 | 27
Sat, 15 April 2017
Connacht v Leinster 24 | 37
Treviso v Edinburgh 21 | 6
SIX NATIONS
MORE LOGS
Team P W D L Pts
England 5 4 0 1 19
Ireland 5 3 0 2 14
France 5 3 0 2 14
Scotland 5 3 0 2 14
Wales 5 2 0 3 10
Italy 5 0 0 5 0