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Thursday, February 07, 2013

Flyhalf Luciano Orquera's best bits against France in Rome

Luciano Orquera was a well deserved Man of the Match as Italy achieved a famous 23-18 upset victory over France in Rome on Sunday. Here is a quick look at some of Orquera's best bits on the day, which included setting up two tries and kicking superbly.

Flyhalf Orquera said post match that Italy were extremely motivated and had intended to do all they could for their second victory over France in three seasons, the last coming in 2011.

"We were mentally strong right from the beginning. After two years we have beaten France again in Rome. We wanted to win at any cost and we never gave up," the 31-year-old Zebre flyhalf said.

Italy coach Jacques Brunel has unsurprisingly stuck with Orquera for the upcoming game against Scotland on Saturday, keeping faith in the pairing he has with Treviso number nine Tobias Botes.

Italy beat Scotland in their final game of the Six Nations last year, so will be aiming for their third successive victory in the tournament, and are determined to avoid the wooden spoon yet again.

Match details:
Scotland vs Italy | Date: Saturday, 9 February | Venue: Murrayfield | Kick off: 14:30 GMT

Italy team:
Andrea Masi, Giovanbattista Venditti, Tommaso Benvenuti, Gonzalo Canale, Luke McLean, Luciano Orquera, Tobias Botes, Sergio Parisse, Simone Favaro, Alessandro Zanni, Francesco Minto, Quintin Geldenhuys, Martin Castrogiovanni, Leonardo Ghiraldini, Andrea Lo Cicero
Replacements: Davide Giazzon, Alberto De Marchi, Lorenzo Cittadini, Antonio Pavanello, Paul Derbyshire, Edoardo Gori, Kristopher Burton, Gonzalo Garcia

Scotland team:
Stuart Hogg, Sean Maitland, Sean Lamont, Matt Scott, Tim Visser, Ruaridh Jackson, Greig Laidlaw, Ryan Grant, Ross Ford, Euan Murray, Richie Gray, Jim Hamilton, Rob Harley, Kelly Brown, Johnnie Beattie Replacements: Dougie Hall/Pat MacArthur, Moray Low, Geoff Cross, Alastair Kellock, David Denton, Henry Pyrgos, Duncan Weir, Max Evans


Time: 1:52
Credit: LasGarzas11

Posted by Rugbydump at 4:32 pm | View Comments (9)

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anon February 07, 2013 7:12 pm

how does someone who hasnt played international rugby for a while, who also plays for a lowly team in the rabo (zebre) produce a performance like that against a team like france?? incredible stuff, hope he's firing on all cylinders against the scots.

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Lucius February 07, 2013 7:16 pm

Jack Brunel is then answer

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Fettsack February 07, 2013 8:11 pm

I always thought that Orquera and Burton were average players and that Italy was stuck to a forward-only game because they lacked a better fly half. This game completely changed my mind, great performance by Luciano, he really led the team to a full on game of rugby and a deserved victory.

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Lood February 07, 2013 9:37 pm

How can he possibly do an offload being tackled by both Ouedraogo and Picamoles ? Poor intensity from the French in this game I think...
Anyway great performance from Orquera

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Canadian content February 07, 2013 11:48 pm

I have to say a combination of a nice step by Orquera and a slow reaction by the french backrow, that being said, Davies called it, a magnificent offload.

Just goes to show that in the right circumstances, any player of quality can shine.

Remember, for some reason Neil Back didn't get consistently selected for years either.

I thought Botes played really well too.

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FelipeG February 07, 2013 11:27 pm

I had never even paid attention to this name, Orquera. Now I will!

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Frenchie February 09, 2013 12:44 am

This guy played the game of his life, so far, against the French.

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rugby08 February 09, 2013 6:13 am

I think this was just a fluke.

I wouldn't expect any miracles from this guy

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rugby08 February 14, 2013 6:03 pm

What did i tell you all

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