Eight penalties from Mirco Bergamasco gave Italy a 24-16 win against Fiji in Modena yesterday. The hooker Talemaitoga Tuapati scored the only try of the match, Seremaia Baikenuku kicking the conversion and three penalties. Bergamasco said: "It's wonderful. The effort and enormous toil gave us this victory. We really are so happy even if maybe we didn't play the best international rugby."
Romania secured the last place at next year's World Cup in New Zealand with a 39-12 second-leg win over Uruguay in Bucharest. The teams had drawn the first leg 21-21 in Montevideo. Romania, who have played in every World Cup, will face England, Argentina, Scotland and Georgia in Group B.
In the Aviva Premiership, promoted Exeter won their third match in a row, 24-19 at home to Sale. Chris Budgen, Tom Johnson and Andrew Higgins scored tries for the Chiefs and Ryan Davis kicked three conversions and a penalty. Rhys Crane scored Sale's try and Nick Macleod kicked a conversion and four penalties.
At Welford Road, Leicester scored six tries in a 44-19 win over Newcastle. Manu Tuilagi scored two of the Tigers' tries and Jordan Crane, Anthony Allen and Matt Smith also scored. Leicester were also awarded a penalty try and Billy Twelvetrees kicked four conversions and two penalties. Luke Fielden scored a try for Newcastle and Jimmy Gopperth kicked 14 points.
Gloucester beat Saracens 19-13 at Kingsholm. Charlie Sharples scored the Cherry and Whites' try and Nicky Robinson kicked 14 points. James Short scored Sarries' try and Owen Farrell, son of Andy, kicked eight points.
In the Magners League, the Cardiff Blues beat Glasgow 38-6. Dan Fish, Ceri Sweeney, Richard Mustoe and Michael Paterson scored tries for the Blues and Sweeney kicked three conversions and four penalties. Colin Gregor kicked two penalties for Glasgow, who finished with 13 men due to injuries, rather than indiscipline.