Posted by: fiore | March 17, 2009

Ok, now show me some consistence

Last Saturday Italy played the 4th game of this 2009 Six Nations Tournament with Wales at Stadio Flaminio, in Rome.

The overall performance of the Azzurri has been decent, and even Gonzalo Canale – who till then had a very poor tournament – seemed to be back to his former standards. The forwards did a great job especially at scrum where they outclassed the Welsh, and the lineout also worked fairly well (11 lineouts won and 2 lost).

Even the discipline has been good (on both sides actually) and it has been a clean game.

The Azzurri played with some humility, and the tension of the previous games apparently disappeared (despite at the end of the game captain Sergio Parisse clearly avoided to shake hands with coach Mallett), but once again, despite we had a lot of possession and that we played in our opponents’ half for most of the time, our “attacking game” was friutless. We kicked a lot, keeping Wales at bay but when they have been able to broke the line (2 times) they scored (2 tries) while when we broke the line (3 times) we’ve never capitalised.

Anyway, finally Italy shew that we can play some rugby, but now we have to go to the next level, which means:

1- improve the attacking game (which is by now as predictable as the results of our games! sob!)

2- show some consistence (and continuity!!!!)

Read the review of the game by Planet-Rugby.com

6 Nations 2009, Italy v Wales, match facts

6 Nations 2009, Italy v Wales, match factsThe scorers:

ITALY – WALES 15-20

For Italy:
Pens: Marcato 5

For Wales:
Tries: S. Williams, Shanklin
Cons: Hook 2
Pens: Hook 2

Italy: 15 Andrea Marcato, 14 Giulio Rubini, 13 Gonzalo Canale, 12 Mirco Bergamasco, 11 Matteo Pratichetti, 10 Luke McLean, 9 Paul Griffen, 8 Sergio Parisse (captain), 7 Mauro Bergamasco, 6 Alessandro Zanni, 5 Marco Bortolami, 4 Santiago Dellape, 3 Carlos Nieto, 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 1 Salvatore Perugini.
Replacements: 16 Franco Sbaraglini, 17 Martin Castrogiovanni, 18 Carlo Antonio Del Fava, 19 Josh Sole, 20 Pablo Canovosio, 21 Luciano Orquera, 22 Roberto Quartaroli.

Wales: 15 Lee Byrne, 14 Mark Jones, 13 Jamie Roberts,12 Gavin Henson, 11 Shane Williams, 10 James Hook, 9 Mike Phillips, 8 Andy Powell, 7 Dafydd Jones, 6 Jonathan Thomas, 5 Alun-Wyn Jones (captain), 4 Luke Charteris, 3 Rhys Thomas, 2 Huw Bennett, 1 John Yapp
Replacements: 16 Matthew Rees, 17 Gethin Jenkins, 18 Bradley Davies, 19 Ryan Jones, 20 Warren Fury, 21 Stephen Jones, 22 Tom Shanklin

Man of the match: Sergio Parisse is fast becoming a legend

Referee: Alan Lewis (Ireland)
Touch judges: David Pearson (England), David Changleng (Scotland)
Television match official: Geoff Warren (England)

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