15. Andrea Masi – 6
Defended solidly and was reliable under the high ball but failed to impose himself in attack, rarely joining the back line.
14. Giovanbattista Venditti – 6
Took his try well and continues to show signs of his potential at international level. Brought much needed physicality to the Italian back line.
13. Tommaso Benvenuti – 5
Failed to break the gain line consistently and looked unreliable in defence despite not making any glaring errors.
12. Gonzalo Canale – 5
Despite being one of the more experienced Italian backs, Canale looked nervous failed to run any incisive lines or distribute the ball with any fluidity.
11. Mirco Bergamasco – 6
A solid, if not spectacular, performance from Bergamasco with the ball in the loose but kicked poorly like both of his goal kicking predecessors in this years’ tournament.
10. Kris Burton – 5
Stood far too deep when at first receiver and failed to transform his back line into any kind of a threat. Redeemed himself slightly with a good display of kicking out of hand.
9. Eduardo Gori – 5
Did what was required of him and little more. Unlikely to hold on to the starting shirt for long with Fabio Semenzato looking the more threatening option in the long-term.
1. Andrea Lo Cicero – 7
A good all round performance from the loosehead in what may be his last appearance in an Italian shirt.
2. Fabio Ongaro – 6
The lineout wasn’t perfect but overall a decent performance from Ongaro. Like Lo Cicero, this could have been Ongaro’s last game for Italy and he will have enjoyed going out on a victory.
3. Martin Castrogiovanni – 8
Excellent in the scrum, powerful in the loose and formidable at the breakdown, his return from injury is arguably the catalyst which brought Italy a victory against the Scots.
4. Quintin Geldenhuys – 6
A good show at the lineout despite Ongaro not having his best match, but went missing in the loose for too much of the game.
5. Marco Bortolami – 6
A decent showing from the former captain as he helped disrupt the Scottish line up on more than one occasion as well as offering a physical presence in the loose.
6. Alessandro Zanni – 5
Failed to replicate the good performance he put in a week ago and despite being sin binned he defended well throughout.
7. Robert Barbieri – 5
The openside was lucky to have got his place in the starting line up back from Simone Favaro but unfortunately didn’t do much to cement himself back in the side.
8. Sergio Parisse 8
The Italian talisman arguably saved his best performance of the tournament for Italy’s most important game. He was a force in the loose and at the breakdown, leading from the front throughout the game.
by Alex Shaw