Lee Bryne – 7
Looked like the pre-Lions tour player of old, running some great lines and was solid under the high ball. Just kicked in too much of an aimless fashion at times.
Morgan Stoddart – 7
Fairly limited involvement from the wing again, but two of his contributions were very important in deciding the outcome of the game. Both in terms of taking the try well, and a try saving tackle over the Welsh line.
James Hook – 7
Stick whatever number you want to on his back, Hook is integral to the Welsh back line clicking. But rarely saw the ball enough to build on his assist for Wales’s opening try.
Jamie Roberts – 6
A force to be reckoned with in terms of getting over the gain line, however only two passes over the course of eighty minutes is very telling.
Shane Williams – 6
Tried as ever to get involved in the game, looking dangerous with the few touches he did have, but could not mark his 34th birthday with a try.
Stephen Jones – 6
Near immaculate place kicking from the under-pressure ten, but far too much aimless kicking out of hand.
Mike Phillips – 5
A backwards step from two weeks ago. Although his service may have improved, the Ospreys’ nine slipped back into the habit of playing heads down rugby, typified by a mindless attempt to clear the ball, that eventually led to the second Italian try.
Paul James – 5
A distant second best to Castrogiovanni, and lucky not to be sent to the sin-bin.
Matthew Rees – 7
A captain’s performance from the hooker, leading from the front with his ball carrying.
Craig Mitchell – 5
For Mitchell read James, but with Perugini being the one to get the better of him.
Bradley Davies – 5
An off day for the lock who struggled to get any ball carries at all. It was a mystery why Gatland did not opt to replace him.
Alun Wyn Jones – 6
Greater involvement than Davies, but did not fare well against an aggressive Italian defence, although his own tackle count was very impressive.
Dan Lydiate – 6
Tackled his socks off, but Wales needed a much bigger ball carrying impact from the blindside.
Sam Warbuton – 7
A more attack-oriented display this week from the 22-year-old, scoring his first try with an excellent piece of support play. However on the negative, Wales needed a much more destructive showing from the Cardiff Blues player at the breakdown.
Ryan Jones – 6
A workmanlike effort from Jones, but was lacking in pace and power. Andy Powell’s dynamism will surely see Jones benched for the Ireland game.