Player ratings: Mamma Mia

Sat, 12 Nov 2016 18:13
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OPINION: The new Italian era under coach Conor O'Shea got off to the worse possible start as they were hammered 10-68 by the All Blacks in Rome on Saturday.

The Italians looked good at the start of the match but as soon as they conceded their first try, their heads dropped and they were handed a lesson by a less-than-perfect New Zealand outfit.

O'Shea will be scratching his head to find positives from the match as his side conceded 10 tries and missed numerous tackles in the process.

Tauriq Ebrahim rates the Italian players!

15 Edoardo Padovani
There were times when he found some gaps in the All Blacks' defence but he had little support.

14 Giulio Bisegni
Did absolute nothing on attack but made quite a few tackles to try to stop Waisake Naholo from doing any damage.

13 Tommaso Benvenuti
An immense defensive effort that saw him reach double figures without slipping a tackle.

12 Luke McLean
Had to deal with wave after wave of attacks on his channel but there is only so much one man can do.

11 Angelo Esposito
Had some strong carries and showed his prowess under the high ball. He is also not afraid of putting in a big hit.

10 Carlo Canna
Did not do much for his side's attacking side and needlessly kicked possession away.

9 Giorgio Bronzini
Not the debut he would have wanted as he was exposed on defence and failed to spark any meaningful attack.

8 Sergio Parisse (captain)
He continues to churn out performances even though he was unable to get his side going on attack.

7 Simone Favaro
Another flank who made plenty of tackles but slipped a few as well.

6 Maxime Mbanda
Put his body on the line at almost every breakdown and in every tackle.

5 Andries van Schalkwyk
Did not allow any opponent to get past him but would have liked to offer more on attack.

4 Marco Fuser
Made the tackles that came his way but failed to impose himself physically.

3 Lorenzo Cittadini
Contributed nothing to the team, not even at scrum time.

2 Leonardo Ghiraldini
Let the field injured after 10 minutes. Not enough time to be rated.

1 Andrea Lovotti
Made plenty of tackles, although he also missed quite a few.


16 Ornel Gega (on for Ghiraldini, 11th min)
Slipped way too many tackles and offered nothing on attack.

17 Sami Panico (on for Lovotti, 79th min)
Not enough time to be rated.

18 Pietro Ceccarelli (on for Cittadini, 44th min)
Complete mixed bag. Tackles made and tackles missed balanced each other out.

19 George Biagi (on for Fuser, 55th min)
The only thing he offered was a few tackles.

20 Francesco Minto (on for Mbanda, 55th min)
Forced into a defensive game and stood up to the challenge.

21 Edoardo Gori (on for Bronzini, 50th min)
It was his quick reactions that set up the late score but that was about all he could do on the night.

22 Tommaso Allan (on for Canna, 50th min)
Lacked creativity with the limited amount of possession he had.

23 Tommaso Boni (on for Esposito, 65th min)
Made an immediate impact with a breakaway consolation try.

By Tauriq Ebrahim