Yet in the face of a belligerent England pack they struggled to find any answers after the interval on their home turf.
A Leonardo Sarto intercept in the closing stages yielded their only try of the match, as Jacques Brunel's side ended their RBS 6 Nations campaign without a win.
Both France and Ireland had fallen to Italy in last year's Championship and back-row Parisse admits his nation now have to pick through the bones after taking a backwards step.
"We weren't competitive and could find ten thousand excuses, but the truth is that England has a good scrum and in the second half we had a loose head prop used on the right," he said. "Our scrum was not up to it.
"But it was not just the scrum that decided the match. There was much more wrong and we will now analyse."