Ghiraldini: ‘We fell into crisis’

Date published: March 22 2015

Stand-in Italy captain Leonardo Ghiraldini was heavily critical of his team's mental failings after they were thrashed by Wales.

Italy were well in the contest at half-time in Rome before dramatically imploding, as Wales racked up the tries to finish with 61 points and a shot at the Six Nations title.

The Wooden Spoon won't be staying with the Azzurri this year after they defeated Scotland at Murrayfield but losing 29-0 to France a week before shipping so many points to Wales was a woeful conclusion.

Ghiraldini captained Italy in the absence of Sergio Parisse and his frustration was obvious.

"We did good things in Scotland, then the race with France was a disappointment," Ghiraldini told Gazzetta Dello Sport.

"In this game we went back again in the game in the second half. It's a disappointment that the mental capacity of the team cannot hold for all 80 minutes.

"In the last games every time we made a mistake and then another, we went into crisis. At this level it is not enough to have just 40 minutes of good play."