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Scotland rue missed chances after loss to Italy

Gonzalo Garcia of Italy is tackled by John Barclay of Scotland

Highlights - Italy 16-12 Scotland

Scotland's Dan Parks admitted they only had themselves to blame after losing 16-12 to Italy in the Six Nations.

Two weeks after being sunk by a superb Welsh fightback, this time a late Pablo Canavosio try sealed the Scots' fate.

"It's not as hard to take as the one before, which was right at the end but we had chances and didn't take them - they had one and took it," he said.

"We expected to do well on the back of the performance last time, it was good in parts but we're very disappointed."

Parks kicked all 12 of Scotland's points, but despite having a good share of possession and going close to scoring several times, they could not break the Italian defensive line to score a try.

Scots were punished for one mistake - Robinson

"We had a few scrums on the line and a lineout on the line - teams are scoring at those opportunities, but we didn't," he said ruefully.

Coach Andy Robinson echoed Parks's comments, and said they never recovered from a sloppy start.

"I thought our players put a lot of effort into their performance but we didn't manage the scoreboard well enough and obviously Italy scored a good try which allowed them to win the game," he said.

"Our execution was poor in that first 10 minutes, we dropped a number of balls and that was frustrating for the way we wanted to play.

Win means everything to Italy - Mallett

"We got back in there with some very good play from Dan Parks but in that first 10 minutes we lost the contact battle but also dropped a lot of balls which allowed them to get the six points."

Italy lock Marco Bortolami said his side's win was built on the potential they showed in their narrow 17-12 loss to England last time out.

"That was a massive win for us," the Gloucester player told BBC Sport.

"We fight every week against better teams but we deserved to win.

"We were very close to England but they didn't make any mistakes - here, we beat a good team. Our defence was good today, this is a major win for Italy - every Italian gave 100% today, that's why it's a great win."

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Italy's triumph was their first in the Six Nations since they beat Scotland two years ago, and coach Nick Mallett said the rarity of their victories made them all the more enjoyable.

"This is the seventh time we've won in 10 years so it's not as if we get many wins and every single win is fantastic," he said.

"We've come very close on a number of occasions such as getting to just five points from England last time out but it's a completely different feeling when we manage to hold onto a win, it's really great for the players and the staff."

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