In the opening match against Glasgow Warriors, the Lions made few or no mistakes
In Benetton’s 12-year history in the various iterations of the URC (Celtic League, Pro12, Pro14) there has been no such convincing start in terms of results: 22 points behind the first opponent he faced is a new record for Yoni. by Marco Portolami.
In the debut of the 2022/2023 season, things went smoothly with Treviso, which resulted in goals being scored throughout the match, except for the first 13 minutes where the score was 0-0 in effect and in the 6th minute in which the score was. It was at 3-3.
It was a very good individual and team race: the charge-ordered scrum played, and to cut From the streak he was positive, Giacomo da Re gave a convincing performance in his fourth game as a green-and-white rookie.
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Since national coach Kieran Crowley said in a press conference that ex-Mogliano e Rovigo is in his opinion the third-best Italian No. 10 player behind Paolo Garbessi and Tommaso Allan, the statement has often been called into question. But on Friday night, Da Ri dealt a blow to the lack of confidence in him with a very convincing performance and a great personality at the helm of the team.
Even which was perhaps his only fault, a pass fired directly into the line on the right side, came from a correct reading of the position in front of him and the execution, though audacious, was not evil: he lacked mutual understanding with Edoardo Padovani, who remained deeper in a position that was It’s a race to the height.
If the premium man of the match Went to Federico Ruzza for his fine work in all aspects of the game (unfortunately his masterpiece is engraved in a one-to-one striker in the goal area by Gianamrco Lucchesi), among the best notable is Manuel Zuliani, who seems to continue where he left off. A player who adds an aggressive, physical, individual style like few others, even if his characteristics often cause him to wear down quickly, as they did in yesterday’s match.
Good appearance by Scott Scrafton, who has been noticed on two occasions due to his irrepressible physicality. Benetton absolutely needs all his pounds and muscle strength. Another rookie of the day, Ignacio Mendy, didn’t start in the best way due to two petty first-half errors, but was largely forgiven by two goals in the second half, showing all his skills.
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Praise also for Giacomo Nicotera. The bitch entered a delicate moment of the match, with the Lions losing some edge and Glasgow trying to play from every position on the field in a desperate attempt to get the game back on its feet. In this context, he scored four interventions, one stronger than the other, often even in situations Mismatch, and after one he was also able to stand on his feet and compete for the ball, forcing his opponents to catch them exactly in the middle of the field. The significance of this gesture was celebrated at the time by fans and their teammates, to the point of urging the one who wasn’t always open from Trieste to celebrate by raising his arms in a kind of imitation of Massimo Decimo Meridio “Are you not enjoying?“.
Without detracting from the earlier flattery towards Benetton, the Glasgow Warriors arrived at Monego and looked a decidedly distorted team: few but confused thoughts, athletic on the legs, mentally not very focused.
On the other hand, Franco Smith only became a coach for the franchise at the beginning of August, too late. It’s unclear why the Warriors took so long to pick a new head coach after the sacking of Danny Wilson, but the delay certainly didn’t help bring in a team with a very interesting squad, likely in the playoffs. Ready for appointment with the first tournament.
This means that Benetton’s mistakes, albeit a few, could soon be punished differently by more prepared opponents, such as Leinster to face a return to office. In particular, the reception and exit after the opponent’s goal kicks should be adjusted: when scoring points, it is always frustrating to give the opponent the opportunity to respond immediately.
However, a convincing win was just what Benetton needed to get off to a good start and build the confidence they need to start the season which, if things continue to go well, could see them in the top positions in early October.
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