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Watch: Sergio Parisse Attempts A Very Polarizing Match-Winning Drop Goal

Watch: Sergio Parisse Attempts A Very Polarizing Match-Winning Drop Goal

It was the typical Sergio Parisse performance. He carried strong at close quarters, tackled all day, played sweeper on halfway on occasion and even burrowed over for a first half try.

His display was the main reason that Italy were in a position to snatch a late win, as they drove into drop goal territory as the clock ticked to 80. That's when things got a little bit complicated.

Yes, Parisse has an exquisite all-round skill-set and yes, Parisse did have one more test drop goal than any other Italy player on the pitch (he has one), but was the Stade Francais legend really the person who should have shuffled back into the pocket for a shot at a glorious win?

His effort skewed wide and France clung on for a 23-21 victory.

It should be said that the out-half Italy had on the field at the time was Kelly Haimona, a man who without exaggeration can be described as the worst player to ever take the field in the Six Nations.

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Still though, he allegedly has some skills required to play out-half so perhaps the Zebre man, or possibly Luke McClean, should have been given a chance.

People who watched the game were unsure as to whether Parisse should have stepped aside.

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What do you think? Was Parisse right to try and play the hero?

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