Ending on a high

Italy makes way in Six Nations

Jack White
March 29, 2012

The Italians ended their RBS Six Nations campaign with a good win over Scotland in Rome on March 25. It was vital for Italian confidence to claim a tournament win in the last fixture of the 2012 competition, and their composure and new-styled adventurous play led them to a 13-6 win over the visitors.

 

After having performed relatively well against Wales the previous week, the Italians looked hungry for success and well buoyed up for their final home fixture. Though the Scottish side had several good-performing individual players, they never blended as a team that day, and Italy punished their disorganisation with a Giovanbattista Venditti try early in the second half. Burton converted for the Italians as well as a late drop goal. Mirco Bergamasco was also on the score sheet with a penalty. Greg Laidlaw hit two penalties for Scotland in what was a relatively low-scoring game.

 

It was a positive step for Italy to secure a win, as they had shown so much promise from the start of the tournament and had impressed with some of their dogged performances against Wales and England in particular. Even though results went against the Italians throughout, their newfound flare and confidence in attack as well as a fresh lease of composure at times lends promise for the future.

 

Should coach Jacques Brunel continue his philosophy of attacking, the future looks very bright for the Italians. The fact that Italian rugby has seen some great days (for example the historic win over France and club sides performing admirably) supports the future development and growth in popularity of the game in the country.

 

With the new positivity and excitement about the sport in Italy comes an opportunity to abolish the crisis at out-half in the international side. For much of the 2012 campaign Italy struggled to find any comfort at out-half. This will need to be rectified both in the coming years and most importantly for the 2013 Six Nations competition. With the new energy from Brunel, surely there is some young player who can target the out-half position and in a number of years control proceedings for the national side.

 

Overall, Six Nations 2012 showed what Italy can do and the huge potential just waiting to be unleashed, and that Brunel is steering the team in the right direction. The win over Scotland was a positive ending to the tourney.

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