RBS Six Nations 2012: Italy Player Ratings v Wales

15. Andrea Masi – 6

The fullback defended well and helped his side going forward, usually evading at least one tackler before being brought down.

14. Luke McLean – 6

Didn’t see enough of the ball to make a real impact on the game, but performed solidly in defence when called upon.

13. Gonzalo Canale – 5

Often guilty of taking the ball into contact when a further pass would have served the Italians better.

12. Alberto Sgarbi – 6

Fairly irrelevant in attack, but was strong in defence, a far cry but from the abysmal defensive performance against the French in the opening game of the championship.

11. Mirco Bergamasco – 5

Had very little to do of note during the game and was arguably at fault for the Jamie Roberts try, failing to commit to a tackle on the centre.

10. Kris Burton – 5

A below average performance which raises more question than it answers and was only a marginally better show than Tobias Botes had the previous week.

9. Fabio Semenzato – 6

Had difficulty shining with the backs outside of him playing poorly, but showed much more urgency than Eduardo Gori has done so far and could be the long term solution at the position.

1. Andrea Lo Cicero – 6

A strong scrummaging performance from the loosehead who held his own against an All-Lions front row.

2. Leonardo Ghiraldini – 5

The hooker has been a force in the loose so far in the tournament but failed to maintain that momentum against Wales, generally being driven back in the tackle.

3. Lorenzo Cittadini – 6

Like Lo Cicero, Cittadini held his own against formidable front row opposition but failed to do much more than that and it is clear the Azzurri pack miss the talismanic Martin Castrogiovanni.

4. Quintin Geldenhuys – 6

A decent performance from the second row as he helped his side in both the lineout and the breakdown.

5. Cornelius van Zyl – 6

Performed well like his second row colleague but was not able to establish himself as a dominant ball carrier in the loose.

6. Alessandro Zanni – 7

Zanni enjoyed a good game with the flanker a dominant force at the breakdown, winning turnover ball for the Italians on more than one occasion.

7. Simone Favaro – 6

The openside put in a decent performance in the loose and at the breakdown and was probably enough to see off competition from Roberto Barbieri for his place in the starting line-up against Scotland next week.

8. Sergio Parisse – 7

It’s not been a scintillating tournament so far for Parisse who has fallen below his usual high standards, but he was strong in all areas against the Welsh and put in a critical try-saving tackle on Leigh Halfpenny late in the first half.

by Alex Shaw