Rugby World Cup Italy stepped up - captain Sergio Parisse

Ireland may have come out on top against Italy, but captain Sergio Parisse was proud of his team.

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Italy stepped up - captain Sergio Parisse

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Italy captain Sergio Parisse believes his team proved people wrong despite a 16-9 loss to Ireland at the Rugby World Cup.

Jonathan Sexton provided 11 points with the boot as Ireland sealed their place in the quarter-finals with the hard-fought win in London on Sunday.

But Parisse felt Italy showed what they were capable of by testing the Irish.

"I think today, collectively, it was a very, very good match, even if we lost," he said.

"The world was expecting a big defeat.

"The entire world expected Ireland to roll over us and win by 50 points but the team answered really, really well in a positive way."

Keith Earls crossed for the game's only try in the first half as Ireland took a 10-6 half-time lead.

Despite being proud of his team, Parisse said there should be no happiness in simply getting close to Ireland.

"Despite the defeat we shouldn't be satisfied," he said.

"I've said in many other situations our standards are different."

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