RBS Six Nations 2012: Italy Player Ratings v England

15. Andrea Masi – 7

Looked more solid in defence than he had against France and did well running support lines for the other backs.

14. Giovanbattista Venditti – 6

Took his first international try well and seemed more confident in defence.

13. Tommaso Benvenuti – 7

Read the game well, epitomised by his interception of Ben Foden’s pass and the resulting try, and tackled proficiently.

12. Gonzalo Canale – 6

The experienced centre helped improve the cohesion in the back line and solidified the defence even if he seemed to go absent in attack on occasion.

11. Luke McLean – 6

Looked the most likely to make something happen for the Azzurri backs but was ultimately kept in check by the resolute English defending.

10. Kristopher Burton – 7

The fly-half’s kicking was accurate and he distributed the ball well. Burton was one of the main factors for his side being ahead at half time.

9. Eduardo Gori – 6

A competent, if not spectacular, performance from the scrum-half, who was not a threat around the fringes but managed to spread the ball to his backs quickly enough to keep the English defence earnest.

1. Andrea Lo Cicero – 5

Struggled against Dan Cole later in the game and was unusually inconsistent in the scrum.

2. Leonardo Ghiraldini – 6

Very accurate at the lineout but was not able to impose himself in the loose as he would have hoped.

3. Martin Castrogiovanni – 6

Started the game well as he looked to have the best of Alex Corbisiero in the opening scrums, and made good yards in the loose. Had to leave the game in the first half with a rib injury.

4. Quintin Geldenhuys – 6

A reliable target at the lineout as ever, Geldenhuys seemed to lack the ferocity at the breakdown that he had enjoyed in the first half.

5. Marco Bortolami – 6

The former captain was on form in the lineout and made a nuisance of himself at the breakdown, but couldn’t make many inroads with the ball in hand against a strong English defence.

6. Alessandro Zanni – 7

A good performance from Zanni as the blindside seemed to be involved in almost every breakdown whether it was securing quick ball for his side or slowing down England’s ball.

7. Robert Barbieri – 6

Another average performance from the openside flanker, who failed to impose himself on the game. He could find himself shuffled out of the back row in the next game for either the returning Mauro Bergamasco or the highly talented Simone Favaro.

8. Sergio Parisse – 7

Another faultless display from the Italian talisman, but similarly to the previous match against France, the number eight could not dominate his opposite number as he so often does.

by Alex Shaw

4 thoughts on “RBS Six Nations 2012: Italy Player Ratings v England

  1. “Another faultless display from the Italian talisman”…. If a faultless display only earns you 7 what do you have to do to get an 8?

  2. Parisse’s footballer-like play-acting after the line-out penalty and before the penalty on him for obstruction was laughable. Watch him limp away from the line-out, catch the clearance kick and hare after it…. You’re better than that Sergio

  3. Kris Burton a 7? I don’t recall his kicking being particularly accurate and I don’t think his distribution skills are strong enough for such a pivotal role.

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