Italy player ratings: Awful Azzurri hammered by Ireland in crushing defeat

Adam Kyriacou
Italy fly-half Paolo Garbisi with his team-mates.

Italy fly-half Paolo Garbisi with his team-mates.

Following a 36-0 defeat to Ireland in the Six Nations clash at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Sunday, here’s our player ratings for Italy.

Italy player ratings v Ireland

15 Ange Capuozzo: Showed once again just what a threat he is with ball in hand as he was the top metre maker in the Italian backline. Unfortunately, his running opportunities were few and far between. 6

14 Lorenzo Pani: Kept his place in the starting line-up this week but saw little ball as the impressive James Lowe won their individual battle by some distance. Replaced on 57 minutes. 4

13 Juan Ignacio Brex: A nice touch early on, but that was as good as things got for the usually impressive centre. A bad day at the office saw him miss a whopping six tackles. 3

12 Tommaso Menoncello: Was superb last week against England but struggled to impact proceedings in Dublin. A clumsy trip on Lowe saw him see yellow in the second half. 4

11 Monty Ioane: Unsurprisingly quiet as Ireland dominated the contest throughout. When he did get the ball in hand, the powerful wing was a threat, racking up 40 metres from his seven runs. 5

10 Paolo Garbisi: His team’s best performer. He was such an elegant runner with a ball in hand, and he made inroads on more than one occasion. A decent outing in a losing cause, especially behind a struggling pack. 7

Planet Rugby player ratings key

Planet Rugby player ratings key 10 - Career defining performance 9 - Outright blockbuster effort 8 - Significantly influenced the result of the game 7 - Committed and effective outing 6 - Flashes of brilliance outside of executing fundamentals 5 - Fulfilling the role required by position (base level) 4 - Poor execution of fundamentals 3 - Costly errors and/or discipline in the game 2 - Poor performance that directly impacted the result 1 - Grossly ineffective throughout 0 - Should have carried water instead

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9 Stephen Varney: Found himself under serious pressure at the base when looking to box kick, but his service was slick and work-rate admirable before he was replaced before the hour. 5

8 Michele Lamaro: Filling in for the injured Lorenzo Cannone at number eight and it was a shift that was dominated by defence, with 19 tackles made in a losing cause. Lamaro had little joy with ball in hand. 4

7 Manuel Zuliani: A couple of impressive moments on the rare occasions he was in possession while a tackle count of 20 caught the eye. 6

6 Alessandro Izekor: Anonymous in attack as the whole Italy back-row struggled to assert themselves on their opposite numbers. However, fronted up defensively with 17 tackles. 4

5 Federico Ruzza: Showed flashes of the quality he possesses but not frequently enough in Dublin as Italy’s pack were beaten up. Came off injured on the hour after taking a shot to the ribs by Stuart McCloskey. 4

4 Niccolo Cannone: Racked up the most tackles in blue with 21, missing none, while also managing to make five carries as he stood up on a difficult day at the office. 5

3 Pietro Ceccarelli: Struggled in the first half and was penalised at scrum time as Ireland loosehead prop Andrew Porter got the better of him. Replaced at half-time by Giosue Zilocchi. 3

2 Gianmarco Lucchesi: A skew throw early in the second period despite no contest from the Irish pack will have hurt, but he did make 17 tackles in a gutsy 56-minute shift. 4

1 Danilo Fischetti: Not his usual busy self in possession around the field and found the going tough at the set-piece against the impressive Finlay Bealham. 3

Replacements: Italy emptied all but one of their bench onto the field, but if anything, things got worse with fresh legs, with Ireland turning the screw and picking holes in a disjointed defence. 3

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