It was one of the worst things i have seen in professional rugby. He had two men inside, two men outside, one man to beat after he had been put in the gap by someone else taking a hit. It wasn't even as if he had created it.
Peels passing was poor at times i agree and he certainly wasn't on top form, but he and Jones controlled the first half really well. That first half tired the Italians massively and was the reason we were running through them at will in the second. He is at least a level above Phillips.
Phillips came on, his distribution wasn't much better, (it improved as a whole mainly because Phillips was stuck in rucks and MW etc were doing the passing!) He made one or two breaks but didn't offer much else. Its very easy (relatively - I'm sure us lot wouldn't have found it easy
) coming on and against a tired team who almost immediately went down to 14 men! Well thats my take on it anyway.
For what its worth i also said you couldn't read too much into Peel looking the best SH against Scotland as he came on against a tiring team.
I wouldn't be surprised if Phillips is selected above Peel in Ireland and Gatland will have his reasons, as he has had for his other selections. But i remain miles off being convinced that Phillips is better than Peel even on Saturdays form.