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The Azzurri fell to a 21-20 defeat to Scotland after Duncan Weir nailed a last-minute drop goal, ensuring they remain bottom of the RBS 6 Nations table, having now lost their first three matches.
Italy had their chances and led 10-3 at the half-time interval thanks to a try, a conversion and a penalty from former Scotland Under-20s fly-half Tommaso Allan.
Scotland were far improved after the break however and hit back through two tries from centre Alex Dunbar - the second of which was converted by Weir - and Scotland led 18-13 with 12 minutes to go.
Just two minutes later however, Italy responded with a well-worked try from second row Joshua Furno, later named man of the match, and after replacement Luciano Orquera nailed a difficult conversion, the Azzurri were 20-18 to the good, joining into the final stages.
It was the first time that Italy had lost at home to Scotland since 2006 and with remaining clashes against Ireland in Dublin and England in Rome, the outlook is bleak.
And while Brunel found positives in his side's defensive performance, he conceded that they were the architects of their own downfall.
"The quality of our game was poor," he said.
"We gave the Scottish the possibility to win this match thanks to our own mistakes and lack of precision. Apart from our defence, we performed below par in most other departments."