Johnstone philosophical after Italian defeat
February 21, 2000

Italy's kiwi coach Brad Johnstone has put his country's defeat in Cardiff against Wales into perspective.

'I am not satisfied, bit I won't be committing suicide for a defeat like that,' he said, ' the first thirty minutes were decisive for our game. We gave away too many penalties and missed too many tackles.'

Johnstone added that Italy lacked some of the determination and spirit they had produced in Rome to beat Scotland a fortnight ago.'I knew there would be a drop in tension after a performance like that.It's in human nature.Only the very best teams are able to play consistently with the same anger and will.But, on the good side, Italy did not stop trying to play and we finished better than we started.It is something we can build on.'

Asked if Italy will be able to limit the damage against England and France , Johnstone pointed out that no team goes onto the field to lose.'We will be out to win those ,' he said, ' but like today we will be sorely missing Massimo Giovanelli up front.he is a very determined battler.'

Italy's captain, Alessandro Troncon, agrees with his coach.'We have to work on our attitude.Scott Quinnell produced some devastating charges.But no player can get away with that if you tackle him properly and before he gains momentum.'

Asked about the refereeing, Troncon was firm about the fact that the referee did his job and no questions should be raised about any of the decisions.Johnstone added that he was keeping quiet as 'Italy and Mr Ramage's paths may cross again in the future.'

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