Italy vs Canada
Italy claimed a bonus-point??48-7 win over Canada in their Rugby World Cup Pool B clash in Fukuoka on Thursday.
Italy produced a greater screen to beat Canada and set up an intriguing clash with South Africa on October 4 after hammering Namibia 47-22 within an inconsistent functionality.
If they want to progress to the quarter-finals Together with the Springboks and New Zealand also over one of these 2 sides, Italy need a win in Pool B, along with their campaign against Canada will fulfill them with assurance.
Tries from lock Dean Budd and 8 Braam Steyn – captain for Sergio Parisse – and two conversions and a penalty from Tommaso Allan gave the Azzurri a solid lead at the break.
Flanker Sebastian Negri went in the second half and Italy got their fourth using a penalty attempt after Canada’s Matt Heaton had been sin-binned for illegally bringing down a driving maul metres outside.
Canada never gave up and scored a try that was wonderful through Andrew Coe but tries from Mattia Bellini, Federico Zani and Matteo Minozzi gave Italy a win.
Italy’s dominance was built by their forward that steamrolled through Canada from the humidity in Fukuoka’s Hakatanomori Stadium.
Italy possess 10 points but nevertheless will have to face Springboks and the All Blacks, who are expected to be eligible for the quarter-finals, short of the upset of Wednesday’s win for Uruguay over Fiji’s magnitude.
The Italians, who rested several players, were in no mood to permit a second jolt and were headed by rampaging forward Jake Steyn Polledri and Sebastian Negri.
Steyn and Budd exploited a few defence to provide his side a 17-0 lead by the minute.
Facing a rout, the Canadians started to find some ownership which allowed them to control field position, however and started to create their tackles, butchered opportunities to get to the scoreboard.
Negri extended Italy’s direct when he smashed from close range before Canada again failed to capitalise on a chance when DTH van der Merwe created space throughout the midfield and was able to place Jeff Hassler clear just for Minozzi to create a try-saving tackle on the winger less than 5 metres from the floor.
Referee Nigel Owens given a penalty attempt which secured the bonus point for the Italians also crossed with about 20 seconds remaining.
Owens generated some controversy when he given Ardron a try for the television game Rowan Kitt to rule it out for a knock-on before the ball landed at the No 8′s hands.
The choice was met by a chorus of boos but the audience, now behind the Canadians, rose to their feet minutes when the underdogs scored the try of the game with a superb conclusion by winger Andrew Coe.
Italy, however, completed successfully, together with replacement hooker Zani shunted over from a driving maul before Bellini place Minozzi in to close out the scoring.
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