Italy lack killer instinct according to coach Brunello
Italy boss Massimo Brunello said his side’s 34-14 win over Scotland was a much closer game than it should have been.
It took until the 65th minute for Italy to secure victory, having led 15-7 for nearly half the game.
And Azzurrini’s head coach thinks his side need to be more clinical if they hope to secure top spot in Pool B of the Under-20 Six Nations Summer Series and beat Wales next Wednesday.
“We complicated our life,” he said.
“When we were 15-7 we had chances to score more and then maybe the game would have gone another way but we kept Scotland in the game.
“Then in the last 15 minutes we really accelerated and turned the game on our side.”
Italy clinched their third scoreline just before the break through Lapo Frangini and it looked like they were marching to victory then.
But they were very lucky not to have their lead cut at halftime and had to thank Alex Mattioli for their eight-point cushion.
The second line made two crucial interventions, each time snatching the ball away from Scotland forwards with the try line in sight.
The start of the second half was then littered with handling errors and Brunello said those unnecessary mistakes offered Scotland hope of a result.
“We haven’t been that specific,” he said.
“Normally the team is more precise in certain areas of play and that has kept Scotland in the game for longer than it should have happened.”
Italy finally clicked with 15 minutes to play and three quick scores wrapped up victory before a late consolation from Scotland.
Hooker Tomasso Scramoncin scored twice either side of fellow substitute Giovanni Cendese and despite late efforts from Andrew Stirrat, Italy are top of the group, level on points with Wales but ahead of the team by Byron Hayward on points difference.
Asked what led his team to victory in the final stages, Brunello replied: “Scrums and drives. We stayed focused, kept our discipline and that finally made the difference.
“Stronger legs too maybe, maybe stronger than Scotland.”
His next assignment is Hayward’s Wales, in what is effectively a semi-final with the winner playing the Pool A winners on July 12.
“I think Italy and Wales are quite similar,” Brunello said. “We have come down a similar path so far.
“If we manage to dominate the scrums like we did in the first two games, maybe that could be the key factor.”
The Six Nations U20 Summer Series runs from June 24 to July 12. Fans can watch every game live. For more information visit: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJHm6BFw-9JRA1CMekNLwMg