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Wallabies' easy start

Australia's second-string beat Italy's second-string 55-19 in Catania, Sicily, on Saturday in a the opening match of the Wallabies' European Tour.

In front of a crowd of around 7,000, the Australian's dominated the match throughout and led 31-9 at half-time.

The visitors' tries were scored by Toutai Kefu (2), Richard Tombs, Sam Payne, Joe Roff, Jason Little, Mark Connors and Stephen Larkham. Tim Wallace added six conversions.

For the "real" Test between the two countries in Padua on Wednesday, Italy will be without their captain Massimo Cuttitta and PierPaolo Pedroni.