Six Nations 2015: Italy deserve to be in Six Nations, says Parisse
Azzurri captain delighted to leave Edinburgh with victory after coming from behind to stun Scotland 22-19
Sergio Parisse insists that Italy deserve their place in the RBS 6 Nations after their dramatic 22-19 win over Scotland at BT Murrayfield.
The Italy captain was awash with emotion as referee George Clancy ran under the posts to award the Azzurri a penalty try in the last minute of the match to seal an improbable win, just their second away from home in the championship in 16 years.
We have shown everyone that we really deserve a place in this tournament
While Scotland will feel disappointed and hard done to after a number of penalties conceded in the second half, Italy will feel that their pack – led, as ever, in exemplary fashion by Parisse at number eight – was clearly the more dominant, and they used that weapon to secure two of their three tries.
And the passionate Stade Francais man thinks that the manner of the comeback win will settle some doubts over whether Italy should be a part of the Six Nations after losing seven consecutive Six Nations matches and slipping to 14th in the World Rugby world rankings, just ahead of Georgia and Romania.
“Sometimes you need to have a little bit of luck, and we’re really happy to have a little bit of luck on our side,” Parisse said.
“This victory is not going to cancel all the difficulties that we have,” Parisse said after the match.
“But the most important thing for me is that we have shown everyone that we really deserve a place in this tournament.
“Sometimes I have heard people talking about another nations who deserve to be in our place, so this victory is something to say: ‘Okay, we are here. We deserve to be here’.”
As well as being just a second away win in the championship, it was also Italy’s first Six Nations win since defeating Ireland in Rome back in March 2013.
When we scored at the end there was a lot of emotion. Nobody believed we could win except the players and the staff.
Asked how the victory compared to the last time Italy won away in the championship, Parisse conceded the significant difference in the circumstances between the two matches.
But Parisse believes that they can take confidence out of the victory as they return to Rome ahead of their final two matches against France and Wales at the Stadio Olimpico when the tournament restarts after a week off.
“Today was completely different [to 2007]. We needed to score,” he added.
“Again we gave away easy tries – an interception try – and we missed a couple of penalties.
“The good thing is we continued to play. Sometimes we made mistakes, but it was the ambition of the team to play.
“It’s really difficult to win away and we won in 2007, which was a crazy match, and today I think we really deserved this victory.
“When we scored at the end there was a lot of emotion. Nobody believed we could win except the players and the staff.
“I’m really happy because this will give the team a lot of confidence for the rest of the tournament, and we have two matches in Rome against France and Wales.”