Tag Archives: favaro

Six Nations 2013: Brian O"Driscoll cited for stamp on Simone Favaro

O'Driscoll cited for stamp on Italy openside Favaro during Ireland's Six Nations defeat

By
Duncan Bech, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

18:15 GMT, 18 March 2013

|

UPDATED:

23:18 GMT, 18 March 2013

Brian O'Driscoll has been cited for stamping on Simone Favaro in Ireland's 22-15 RBS 6 Nations defeat by Italy on Saturday.

A brief statement issued by tournament
organisers confirmed that independent citing commissioner Aurwel Morgan
has decided the incident warranted further scrutiny.

The date and location for O'Driscoll's hearing has yet to be announced.

Ouch: Brian O'Driscoll was sin-binned for this stamp during Ireland's final Six Nations clash

Ouch: Brian O'Driscoll was sin-binned for this stamp during Ireland's final Six Nations clash

Cooling off: O'Driscoll spent ten minutes watching the match

Cooling off: O'Driscoll spent ten minutes watching the match

O'Driscoll was sent to the sin-bin for only the second time in his 14-year professional career in the first half of the match at the Stadio Olimpico.

The 34-year-old lifted his right leg and brought it down on to the chest of Favaro, the Italy openside, who yelled out in pain and writhed around on the turf.

The act was out of character for O'Driscoll, who has a fine disciplinary record, and was evidence of his frustration as Ireland slumped to a first Six Nations defeat by Italy.

However, he was lucky to have escaped a red card for an incident that clouded what is thought to have been his 125th and final Test in a green shirt.

Sendoff O'Driscoll could have appeared for the final time in the Six Nations

Sendoff O'Driscoll could have appeared for the final time in the Six Nations

The recommended suspension for a low
end stamping offence is two weeks, the mid range five weeks and top end
nine weeks, up to a maximum of one year.

While the offence was serious, O'Driscoll's lack of previous disciplinary issues will count in his favour.

It will be hoped by his province
Leinster that he is available for the Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-final
against Wasps on April 5 and for as much of their RaboDirect Pro 12
title push as possible.

A statement issued by the Six Nations
read: 'Brian O'Driscoll, the Ireland centre, has been cited by the
independent citing commissioner for an alleged stamping or trampling on
an opponent, contrary to Law 10.4 (b), in the RBS 6 Nations match
between Italy and Ireland on Saturday 16th March 2013. Details of the
Hearing will be announced later.'

Meanwhile, Ireland wing Luke Fitzgerald has been ruled out for the remainder of the season after he ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee against Italy.

Six Nations 2012 – Italy 13 Scotland 6: Azzurri condemn try-shy Scots to wooden spoon

Italy 13 Scotland 6: Robinson's try-shy Scots condemned to wooden spoon

|

UPDATED:

15:48 GMT, 17 March 2012

Scotland suffered the ignominy an RBS 6 Nations whitewash and the wooden spoon after Italy inflicted a seventh successive defeat on Andy Robinson's side in Rome.

In what could be the final game for head coach Robinson, Scotland contributed significantly to their own downfall in an error-strewn display at the Stadio Olimpico as Nick De Luca and Jim Hamilton were sin-binned.

Mirco Bergamasco kicked a penalty, Giovanbattista Venditti crossed for a converted try in De Luca's absence and Kristopher Burton added a drop goal after 77 minutes as Italy triumphed.

Celebration: Giovambattista Venditti celebrates after touching down

Celebration: Giovambattista Venditti celebrates after touching down

MATCH FACTS

Italy: A Masi; G Venditti, T Benvenuti, G Canale, M Bergamasco; K Burton, E Gori; A Lo Cicero, L Ghiraldini, M Castrogiovanni, Q Geldenhuys, M Bortolami, A Zanni, R Barbieri, S Parisse (capt).

Replacements: T D'Apice, L Cittadini, J Furno, S Favaro, M Vosawai, T Botes, G Toniolatti.

Scotland: S Hogg; M Evans, N De Luca, G Morrison, S Lamont; G Laidlaw, M Blair; A Jacobsen, R Ford (capt), G Cross, R Gray, J Hamilton, J Barclay, R Rennie, D Denton.

Replacements: S Lawson, E Murray, A Kellock, R Vernon, C Cusiter, R Jackson, J Cuthbert.

Referee: Alain Rolland (Ireland).

Alessandro Zanni was shown a yellow
card in the final quarter, but Scotland could not capitalise on their
numerical advantage and their only points in an incoherent and
indisciplined performance came through two Greig Laidlaw penalties.

Robinson is contracted until the 2015
World Cup but may believe he has taken Scotland as far as possible
following two wins in 15 Six Nations matches – each coming on the final
weekend of the championship in the past two years – and the worst
sequence of results since 1998.

There were few positives the former
Bath and England boss could grasp at as his side remained without a
victory since the September 14 defeat of Georgia at a World Cup Scotland
exited from the group stages for the first time.

Scotland and Italy have been
perennial rivals to avoid the wooden spoon and if ever there was an
advert for relegation from the Six Nations – with World Cup sides
Georgia, Russia and Romania among those vying for inclusion – this was
it.

Dejection: Ross Ford and Mike Blair show the pain of defeat

Dejection: Ross Ford and Mike Blair show the pain of defeat

Robinson kept faith with the players
who had featured in the four previous losses and made two enforced
changes following the 32-14 defeat to Ireland – the second after an
injury in the warm-up for the second straight week. De Luca, a late
withdrawal in Dublin, returned at centre for the concussed Lee Jones,
with loosehead prop Allan Jacobsen missing out on his 65th cap after
suffering an injury in the moments before kick-off.

Glasgow Warriors' Jon Welsh made his
debut in place of Scotland's most-capped prop and against revered
Leicester tighthead Martin Castrogiovanni, who was one of seven changes
for the Azzurri and finished as man of the match.

Stopped in his tracks: Richie Gray halts Martin Castrogiovanni's run

Stopped in his tracks: Richie Gray halts Martin Castrogiovanni's run

Italy opened with purpose, spreading
the ball wide, but Scotland began nervously with numerous errors and the
concession of penalties.

Castrogiovanni, returning from a rib
injury, set to work on Welsh early on, helping Italy establish forward
momentum and Bergamasco kicked a penalty after lock Hamilton strayed
offside.

The Italy wing missed a more
straightforward attempt at goal after David Denton was isolated breaking
off a scrum and held on to concede a penalty, which was marched 10
metres further forward by referee Alain Rolland after dissent from the
Scots.

John Barclay foiled a Burton drop-goal attempt before, after 35 minutes, Scotland made forward progress.

Scotland's scrum advanced from
halfway and the hosts crumbled, with Laidlaw kicking the visitors level
from just inside the Italy half.

High ball: Sergio Parisse and Stuart Hogg challenge

High ball: Sergio Parisse and Stuart Hogg challenge

A Richie Gray knock-on at the restart
immediately handed Italy possession and De Luca was sin-binned for
kicking the ball out of scrum-half Edoardo Gori's hand.

Scotland, though, were handed a reprieve as Bergamasco again failed to strike his kick cleanly.
The hosts spread the ball right and left looking for an opening early in
the second period and Venditti found one, bursting through a Stuart
Hogg tackle to touch down with Burton converting.

Laidlaw was off-target with a
Scotland penalty from the touchline after Italy turned the ball over at
the restart and De Luca returned after seven points were conceded in his
absence.

Tighthead Euan Murray was introduced
for Geoff Cross and Gray made way for Alastair Kellock, but as soon as
the former captain was introduced, Hamilton was sent to the sin-bin for
an indiscretion at the line-out.

Kellock was pulled down by Zanni at a line-out, allowing Laidlaw to cut the deficit to four points with 20 minutes remaining.

Party time: Martin Castrogiovanni

Party time: Kristopher Burton celebrates with Giulio Toniolatti

Party time: Castrogiovanni (left) celebrates as Kristopher Burton salutes his drop goal with Giulio Toniolatti

As Hamilton returned, he swapped places with flanker Zanni, who was shown a yellow card for going off his feet at the ruck.

Robinson made a late change in an effort to turn the momentum in Scotland's favour, introducing Ruaridh Jackson for Laidlaw.

But fly-half Jackson could only watch
as Scotland's struggles continued and Burton kicked the hosts seven
points ahead with three minutes remaining.

Scotland required a converted try to
salvage a draw but again lost possession to allow Italy to see out the
final seconds and celebrate their first win at the Stadio Olimpico.

Burton and Semenzato recalled for Wales showdown as Italy coach Brunel wields the axe

Burton and Semenzato recalled for Wales showdown as Italy coach Brunel wields the axe

Italy coach Jacques Brunel has made seven changes for Saturday's RBS 6 Nations match against Wales at the Millennium stadium.

Benetton Treviso's Kristopher Burton
returns to the fly-half position in place of Tobias Botes, who started
in the 42-10 defeat to Ireland in Dublin last time out.

Back in favour: Italy fly-half Kristopher Burton

Back in favour: Italy fly-half Kristopher Burton

ITALY TEAM V WALES

A Masi (Aironi
Rugby); L McLean (Benetton Treviso), G Canale (Clermont-Auvergne), A
Sgarbi (Benetton Treviso), Mi Bergamasco (Racing-Metro Paris); K Burton
(Benetton Treviso), F Semenzato (Benetton Treviso); A Lo Cicero (Racing
Metro-Paris), L Ghiraldini (Benetton Treviso), L Cittadini (Benetton
Treviso), Q Geldenhuys (Aironi Rugby), C Van Zyl (Benetton Treviso), A
Zanni (Benetton Treviso), S Favaro (Aironi Rugby), S Parisse (Stade
Francais). Replacements: T D'Apice (Aironi Rugby),F Staibano (Aironi
Rugby), M Bortolami (Aironi Rugby), R Barbieri (Benetton Treviso), T
Botes (Benetton Treviso), T Benvenuti (Benetton Treviso), G Toniolatti
(Aironi Rugby).

Fabio Semenzato comes in at scrum-half in place of Edoardo Gori while Gonzalo Canale replaces Tommaso Benvenuti at outside centre.

Mirco Bergamasco will start for the first time in this year's tournament having recovered from a shoulder injury, taking Giovambattista Venditti's spot on the left wing.

Veteran prop Andrea Lo Cicero will earn his 94th cap in Cardiff, taking over from Michele Rizzo.

Cornelius Van Zyl replaces Marco Bortolami in the second row, while Simone Favaro comes in for Roberto Barbieri at number 7.

The Azzurri go into the encounter on the back of three straight defeats and take on Wales, who remain perfect in the competition.

Ireland 42 Italy 10: Tommy Bowe scores two tries

Ireland 42 Italy 10: Bowe arrows in to spark hosts' title challenge into life at long last

Tommy Bowe led the assault as Ireland thrust themselves back into RBS 6 Nations title contention with a comprehensive victory over Italy.

Bowe crossed in each half to move third in the all-time list of Irish try-scorers with 22, trailing Brian O'Driscoll and Denis Hickie.

The rout was initiated by Keith Earls, who celebrated his return following the recent birth of his first child by slipping over in the 16th minute, with Tom Court and Andrew Trimble also touching down.

Try time: Ireland wing Tommy Bowe runs in to score at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin

Try time: Ireland wing Tommy Bowe runs in to score at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin

MATCH FACTS

Ireland: R. Kearney, Bowe, Earls, D'Arcy, Trimble, Sexton, Murray, Healy, Best, Ross, O'Callaghan, O'Connell, Ferris, O'Brien, Heaslip.

Replacements: Cronin, Court, Ryan, O'Mahony, Reddan, O'Gara, McFadden.

Tries: Earls, Bowe (2), Court, Trimble

Cons: Sexton 3

Pens: Sexton 2

Italy:
Masi, Venditti, Benvenuti, Sgarbi, McLean, Botes, Gori, Rizzo,
Ghiraldini, Cittadini, Geldenhuys, Bortolami, Zanni, Barbieri, Parisse.

Replacements: D'Apice, Staibano, Pavanello, Favaro, Semenzato, Burton, Canale.

Try: Parisse

Con: Botes

Pen: Botes

Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa):

Attendance:

Fly-half Jonathan Sexton finished with 17 points in a flawless afternoon and was joined in the second half by Ronan O'Gara, who surpassed O'Driscoll to become Ireland's most capped player with 118 appearances.

Sexton was the official man of the match, but he must have been run close by Rob Kearney who lit up the Aviva Stadium with a succession of darting runs from full-back that troubled Italy's defence throughout.

While the scoreboard points to an easy afternoon, Ireland made heavy work of it and at times were guilty of over-elaborating. But coach Declan Kidney will otherwise be pleased with a comfortable victory that has provided some positive news in an otherwise ill-fated campaign.

Since losing to Wales on February 5 thanks to a penalty that a disciplinary hearing later admitted should not have been awarded, they have since seen their clash with France postponed at the last minute and lost their forwards coach Gert Smal for the rest of the championship due to an eye condition.

Dispatching Italy – a result that
concludes their sequence of three successive home defeats – at last
provides them with a platform as they prepare for their return to Paris
next Sunday.

Lost it: Ireland wing Andrew Trimble is tackled by Italy's Giovanbattista Venditti

Lost it: Ireland wing Andrew Trimble is tackled by Italy's Giovanbattista Venditti

Hands off: Jonathan Sexton (left) attempts to avoid a tackle from Zanni Alessandro (right)

Hands off: Jonathan Sexton (left) attempts to avoid a tackle from Zanni Alessandro (right)

New Azzurri coach Jacques Brunel made
four changes to the side edged by England, the most notable of which
saw Tobias Botes preferred ahead of Kristopher Burton at fly-half. It
was Botes' full Test debut and he produced enough to suggest he is worth
persevering with, although his statistics of just two successful kicks
in five attempts made for grim reading.

Botes failed to a land a tricky long-range penalty as early as the second minute, but Ireland were soon in control.

Spilled: Andrew Trimble forces a turnover by tackling Tommaso Benvenuti

Spilled: Andrew Trimble forces a turnover by tackling Tommaso Benvenuti

Ambition was evident in Italy's play but they lacked accuracy and conceded the initiative with a series of unforced errors. Ireland exploded into life when Gordon D'Arcy accelerated through a large hole that had inexplicably opened up in the Azzurri's midfield with Keith Earls and O'Brien in support.

The move sparked a period of sustained pressure and eventually Italy wilted before the onslaught with Earls diving over.

All in vain: Italy forward Sergio Parisse runs in his side's only try during the first half

All in vain: Italy forward Sergio Parisse runs in his side's only try during the first half

Ireland's gravest concern was their rising penalty count, one of which Botes dropped on to the crossbar with the ball then falling the wrong way. The South African-born outside-half missed with a drop goal after Italy had failed to capitalise on a five-metre scrum, prompting skipper Sergio Parisse to wave his arms in exasperation.

A hair-raising period followed with Italy almost wriggling through the midfield before Rob Kearney launched a counter-attack that gave way to Alberto Sgarbi being hauled down five metres out.

Catch me if you can: Ireland centre Gordon D'Arcy makes a break through the Italian defence

Catch me if you can: Ireland centre Gordon D'Arcy makes a break through the Italian defence

The Azzurri were not done, however, and were rewarded with a 35th-minute try started when they pinched Ireland's line-out ball. Openside Robert Barbieri committed four defenders during a charge to the line and when the ball was recycled Italy had a huge overlap that enabled Parisse to stroll home.

Ireland's response was emphatic, a series of runs creating numbers out wide that presented Tommy Bowe with a simple run-in.

Stephen Ferris and Bowe combined beautifully in the 47th minute only for full-back Andrea Masi to knock the ball from the hands of the Ospreys winger with the line beckoning.

Taking a dive: Andrew Trimble dives over to round off the try scoring late in the second half

Taking a dive: Andrew Trimble dives over to round off the try scoring late in the second half

Sexton showed Botes how it is done by slotting two more penalties as Ireland pulled 13 points clear in perfect conditions at Lansdowne Road.

Superb hands from Sexton sent Bowe racing in for his second as Italy's defence began to creak alarmingly.

And the floodgates opened with three minutes left, a series of forward drives ending with Court burrowing over before Trimble raced 30 metres to complete the rout.

High jump: Ireland and Italy contest a line-out at the Aviva Stadium

High jump: Ireland and Italy contest a line-out at the Aviva Stadium