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Video: What Should The Wallabies Expect From Italy?

Video: What Should The Wallabies Expect From Italy?

We haven’t seen much of the Italians since the 2010 End Of Year Tour.

No doubt the Wallabies have done their homework but I decided to have a look at the Italian’s performance against Scotland two weeks ago. Watch the video as part of your preparation for the Wallabies first game of the 2011 RWC.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrldVJUBqQk[/youtube]

  • Rebel Rouser

    Smash em wallabies!! We need to go out and show our intent and get the tournament off on the right foot. If they are anywhere in sight at the final whistle, i will be disappointed.

  • The Rant

    It will make for good scrum training at least.

    I think they’ll need to work very hard to get a comfortable win. This will be a tough game up front and they’ve proven they have good defence in the last few years against us.

    That said, I think we have the perfect pool draw – Italy is a great way to warm up for Ireland – and if we can win those 2 games we can enjoy the next 2 weeks, give everyone game time to get up to speed and prepare for the Finals Campaign.

    • bones

      Although 2 weeks without a hard game is a risk, when we come up against a very hard bitten no 2 in the SA pool in our QF. Whoever we play will be match ready.

    • Garry

      As long as they take Italy’s scrum very seriously to avoid injuries. We need our best tight 5 on the park.

      Go you good thing.

  • Antony

    How about that little benji marshall pass at 2:17? If they can get continuity like that (off some hard running from parisse – who has to be one of the best no.8’s going around) this game could get pretty interesting.

    • Garry

      Benji who?

      I’ve seen the movie Benji, but what’s that to do with Rugby?

  • Lance Free

    The Italian passing in their backline was woeful. Sydney Harbour Bridge and mis-directed constantly. Looks like put a bit of pressure on and they go to cactus.

  • Patrick

    Must say I am not sure why they passed it out to the backs, from those highlights it looks like a tight game and using the offloads where the chance presented itself might have worked a treat.

    They certainly didn’t look like losing a scrum!

  • Blinky Bill of Bellingen NSW

    Not long to go now and we’ll soon find out if our scrum is up to the task or not.

    I’m expecting zero surprises from the Azzuri. Good scrum, willing defence and almost no imagination in the backs. Against Scotland they were showing some deft touches with inside flick passes that I wonder if they will find the space or time against the Wallabies.

    Should be a good first hitout for our boys.

    Go the Wallabies!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Manu

    Their scrum was flawless that game, perhaps the best international scrummaging performance I’ve seen. They form very, very low and they really defy the laws of physics by their front row not falling forward.
    It’ll surely be a good test for the Australian scrum, although Italians do it in a very different way to the English; which should be Aus’ main concern.

  • I agree – the Wallabies really need to lay a marker down in this game. That said – i think the 30.5 start the TAB are giving the Azzuri is a bit generous. Pretty good value right there.

  • Jets

    The loss of Gower at 10 for the Italians is huge. He could organise their backs and wasn’t to bad under pressure. The Wallabies will have to attack the breakdown like they did at Lang Park, I’m sure Nucifora has worked hard on this, and pressure the Azzuri when they have the ball in hand. If we can hold our scrum then we should be ok.

    • Blinky Bill – Bellingen NSW

      Is Gower injured?

      Sounds like those in the know will be happy if we get parity in the scrum. As for me well I’m an optimist and I want to see us run them ragged, contest everything with venom and then flog them at scrum time.

      I want our scrum to look so bloody strong that no Ref in his right mind would even consider penalising us on suspicion.

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