Ireland kicked off their summer travels with a 29-17 win in Argentina on Saturday but Paul O'Connell insists performances must improve as the month goes on.
The reigning RBS 6 Nations champions edged to victory over the Pumas through tries from Chris Henry, Jonathan Sexton and Andrew Trimble - Sexton also added eight points from the tee while Ian Madigan kicked two penalties.
It was the Men in Green's first outing since waving farewell to Brian O'Driscoll with a nail-biting RBS 6 Nations triumph in March.
And O'Connell - now the squad's elder statesman in O'Driscoll's absence - believes they must kick on when the two sides meet again on Saturday.
"They put us under a lot of pressure, I think the result is great but the performance is disappointing," he said.
"We didn't know we were going to be as inaccurate as we were. We put a lot of balls down and missed some tackles.
"They had some very big men, some really good footwork and they put us under a lot of pressure and it kind of thrived off our mistakes, we were unlucky not to score a try early in the first-half. And 30 seconds later we were lucky not to concede a try.
"So that's kind of the way they play and we knew that but I suppose we were intent on trying to stop that and we didn't do that."
Sam Burgess' first outing wearing the Red Rose was relatively quiet but after helping England Saxons to a 18-9 win over the Irish Wolfhounds head coach Jon Callard has backed the rugby-league convert to be a hit in union.
For Jacques Brunel and Italy the goal for every RBS 6 Nations is to win games, but, in this his fourth and final Championship in charge, the head coach is just as worried about performances as results.