Italy vs Canada
Thursday 26th September
Italy maintained a win over Canada in their Rugby World Cup Pool B clash.
Italy produced a much better screen put up an intriguing clash with South Africa on October 4 and to beat Canada after hammering Namibia 47-22 within an inconsistent performance.
With the Springboks and New Zealand also Italy want a win should they would like to advance to the quarter-finals, along with their seven-try effort against Canada will fill them.
Tries from lock Dean Budd and 8 Braam Steyn – stand-in captain for Sergio Parisse – two conversions and a penalty from fly-half Tommaso Allan gave the Azzurri a solid 17-0 lead at the break.
Flanker Sebastian Negri went early in the second half and Italy got their fourth having a penalty try after Canada’s Matt Heaton had been sin-binned for bringing a driving maul yards out.
Canada never gave up and scored a try that was great through Andrew Coe but further tries from Mattia Bellini, Matteo Minozzi and Federico Zani gave Italy a win.
Their forwards who steamrolled from the humidity at the Hakatanomori Stadium of Fukuoka constructed the dominance of italy.
Italy have 10 points however still have to confront short of an upset of the size of Wednesday’s triumph for Uruguay over Fiji, Springboks and the All Blacks, that are expected to be eligible for its quarter-finals.
Rampaging loose forwards Jake Sebastian, Steyn and Polledri Negri, have been in no mood to permit another jolt within the area of 24 hours and led Even the Italians, who rested several players.
Steyn and Budd exploited a few poor defence to provide their side a 17-0 lead.
Facing a rout, the Canadians began to make their tackles and started to get some possession which let them control field position, however, butchered chances to get to the scoreboard.
Negri extended Italy’s lead when he blasted from close range before Canada again failed to capitalise on an opportunity when DTH van der Merwe created space through the midfield and managed to put Jeff Hassler clear just for Minozzi to produce a try-saving tackle about the winger less than five metres from the floor.
Referee Nigel Owens given a penalty attempt which secured the bonus point to the Italians before substitute winger Bellini also crossed with approximately 20 minutes remaining.
Owens generated some controversy after he awarded an attempt to Ardron only for the television game Rowan Kitt to rule it out to get a while before the ball landed in the hands of the No 8.
The choice was met by a chorus of boos however, the crowd, now firmly behind the Canadians, rose to their feet minutes when the underdogs scored the try of the game by winger Andrew Coe.
Italy finished strongly, with replacement hooker Zani shunted over from a maul before Bellini place Minozzi in to close out the scoring.