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Sergio Parisse

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The man is immense, put in an awesome display today, by far the best player on the pitch, you have to feel sorry for him playing for italy when I hounesestly think he could make it into and start in any team in the world.

Parisse in my opinion is the best number 8 in the world.

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comment by Sandeno (U1797902)

posted Feb 28, 2009

I cannot believe that Italy has actually gone backwards under the coaching of Nick Mallet. Puzzling.....

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posted Feb 28, 2009

Parisse was really 'man of the match' but if you had to choose a Scot, then Danielli was the right choice. The pitchside interview of Danielli was excrutiating! It was bad enough that the interviewer did not know that Danielli played for Ulster; worse than once he'd corrected her, she made the same mistake again (not having listened to him) compounding her error. Really bad work!

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comment by Segnes (U1710014)

posted Feb 28, 2009

There is more than one view of Mallett's coaching career about. His acolytes, like himself, are loud and emphatic, but he does have detractors who know something about rugby. South Africa had a good run under him, but there are people who suggest that it might have reflected the ability of the players he'd inherited. There are certainly people who pointed out that his preoccupation with crashing his fly-half into the defence with a view to creating a platform for charges by forwards led to a high incidence of injury, apart from starvation of three-quarters for good, uncluttered possession. (He certainly handed a pretty crocked squad on to his successor, as I recall.) Some of his ex-players make no bones of the folly of his instructions to eschew the posts when penalties came. His selections also attracted a good measure of controversy, and some very fine players suffered from preferences which didn't make sense to all observers. It was also murmered at times that his personal agenda was all about imposing his will on those about him, and not about bringing out the full potential of every player.

I don't wish to take any position in the matter, but he seems to be a controversial fellow altogether and maybe the lesson is that force of personality can impede effectiveness. Not to mention bizarre selection. Let's wait and see how Italy goes.

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posted Feb 28, 2009

Scotland actually won this match 'comfortably', so, not withstanding the above observations...
I personally enjoyed the following:- the assured (temporary) boot of Patterson, the strong play in the Scotland scrum, the excitement of the Evans brothers, Danelli's swaggering runs, and the united play of the team in general. Yup, we won!!

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posted Mar 1, 2009

Scotland are lucky to have two excellent scrum halves. Does Cussiter actually make more of the ball than Blair? Things seem to buzz more when he is on the park.

Views welcomed.

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posted Mar 1, 2009

I think Cusiter is a better impact sub but I really think that Lawson is being overlooked, his passing is better than either Cusiter or Blair and Cusiter is better in the loose.

O'Leary's passing was scarily good, he is the new Lions favourite IMHO.

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posted Mar 1, 2009

Only watched this particlar game out of the corner of my eye, when normally I'd be watching it intently, so it was ironic that Scotland actually played some very good rugby at times, notably in the two tries they scored and the one that should have been (Cusiter's fumble). Just shows what they can do when they have some confidence and back themselves, I'm sure this is also the case with Italy as they undoubtedly have some talented footballers like Parisse. Looking forward to the Ireland game now, they didn't show too much against England so we've got nothing to fear...

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posted Mar 1, 2009

I still think that Hadden's high risk strategy of lock selection will come back to haunt him and his coaching career in Scotland. Nick Mallett will certainly be under the microscope but Hadden cannot take too much relief after this decent performance by the Scots. Bad losses to Ireland and England should see him replaced......if however the Scots play with the same flair and intent and end up above England in the final standings he will be given the extension he wants. But is it what Scotland needs? I feel we have a really good emerging squad and there is a buzz about the place whenever the backs get the ball in open play. This and the return of Murray to the front row really makes the team worth watching. He for my money was probably the MOTM despite Parisse's sterling efforts. Blair did not have a great game and his Lion's selection will be more of a question now than dfter the AI's.
I think Scotland probably have not much to fear against Ireland especially if O'Gara kicks like he did yesterday and England will be a fascinating finale at Twickenham. Hadden's future will be decided on the retention of the Calcutta Cup.

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comment by Segnes (U1710014)

posted Mar 12, 2009

Interesting views, Meiklelogie. I can see where you're coming from on all scores.

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