Scotland win doesn´t satisfy Johnson

9 February 2013 22:18

On their way to recording their first win of the championship, the Scots conceded territorial advantage early in the match before powering away from the Italians mid-way through the first-half.

"We had some chances to put them away and we let ourselves down," Johnson said.

"We did well in defence for most of the game and there was a real turning point where Stuart Hogg took it from one end of the field to the other that was nearly a 14 point turn around. But the events that occurred before that were disappointing and that scoreboard could have switched quickly.

"We need to take those chances, but if we get our part right we can put sides away by some distance.

"We need to keep improving, we're in a tournament here and we're right in it. We're enjoying the good but we need to come back on Tuesday and we're in this."

The Scots host Ireland in their next Six Nations encounter on February 23 and Johnson is hoping that his side can continue to improve.

"Sometimes the scoreboard hides some ills and we need to be honest about that. There were good signs earlier, but also signs that we let ourselves down," he said.

"It's another step up and we'll be happy about it. But Ireland is a good side and will be chasing a championship too.

"Our destiny is in our own hands and that is a good place to be."

Italy flanker Sergio Parisse said his side lacked aggression in and around the breakdown, however also took a swipe at referee Jaco Peyper for a perceived lack of control.

"When you play a game of rugby in the rucks all the time you have teams who contest the ball very well and others who don't contest," the number eight said.

"The Scottish contested every single ruck and we were not aggressive enough and didn't clean the rucks away enough. The referee let the Scottish get away with a lot... putting their hands in the ruck which allowed them to slow down every ruck.

"For one part the Scottish team were intelligent to slow down the ball for the other part I felt we were not aggressive enough and that cost us."

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