Italy weathered a storm in Nice to record a second victory at the Rugby World Cup when they defeated Uruguay 38-17. Kieran Crowley’s men wanted to start quickly and did, going over for the opening six minutes into the game after Felipe Etcheverry missed the chance to put Los Teros ahead.
From there Italy imploded. A penalty try was awarded to Uruguay after Danilo Fischetti illegally held up the ball before two players were sin binned. With a two man advantage, Uruguay went over for a second try and extended their lead to 10 points thanks to a drop goal on the stroke of half-time.
Things changed massively in the second half. As Uruguay tired, Italy gained momentum and the upperhand. 31 points came without reply as they showed off skill and composure to overcome the deficit before stretching out a comfortable lead. In the end they were too good for the tier two side but now look to sterner tests against New Zealand and France.
Relive all the action from the Stade de Nice below. Plus get all the latest Rugby World Cup odds and tips here.
Italy 38-17 Uruguay, 76 minutes
Italy win a scrum and punt the ball into Uruguay’s half. They drive for the line but get held up and turn the ball over. Los Teros want the final whistle now.
They are goosed.
Italy 38-17 Uruguay, 72 minutes
Inside the final 10 minutes now and Uruguay have not scored a single point in the second half. It’s such a contrast to how well they played in the first half.
The match against France would have been hard work and they look like they’ve run out of gas.
PENALTY! Italy 38-17 Uruguay, (Tommaso Allan, 69 minutes)
Diego Arbelo gives away a penalty for failing to properly grasp. Italy decide to kick and Tommaso Allan belts the ball down the middle.
Italy 35-17 Uruguay, 66 minutes
The game is gone for Uruguay now. They’ll be properly deflated with the way this second half has gone but there’s still time for them to get back in the match.
Another try will keep the believing as they work some decent territory inside Italy’s half.
TRY! Italy 35-17 Uruguay, (Juan Ignacio Brex, 62 minutes)
A scrum in the middle of the field is won by Italy who kick it forward and win themselves a lineout.
From there they carry the ball for a couple of phases before shipping it over to Paolo Garbisi. He drops the ball into the path of Juan Ignacio Brex who breezes into the try zone to extend his team’s lead.
Tommaso Allan boots over the conversion.
Italy 28-17 Uruguay, 60 minutes
Italy have scored 21 points without reply since the restart, they’ve overturned the deficit and have secured a bonus point. As it stands they’re also heading to the top of Pool A.
TRY! Italy 28-17 Uruguay, (Lorenzo Cannone, 55 minutes)
Another one! A kick up field brings Italy territory up the field and Uruguay can’t handle the speed with which they’re moving the ball. Tommaso Allan is dictating play and holds the ball up ever so slightly about a metre from the line.
That draws a defender over to him allowing a short pass to find Lorenzo Cannone who now only has one man to deal with as he forces the ball over the line!
Italy 21-17 Uruguay, 54 minutes
Harry Latham-Coyle at the Stade de Nice: “A shame for Uruguay, but their basics have just let them down a little in this first 15 minutes after the interval.
“Andres Vilaseca may feel unfortunate to have been shown yellow for his challenge but the centre was upright in his tackle, and the attempted clearance charged down by Tommaso Allan was much to laboured in its set-up.
“Italy had very nearly charged down a kick a few minutes earlier, and their power game is starting to tell, with Seb Negri and Giacomo Nicotera both showing well as carriers."
TRY! Italy 21-17 Uruguay (Monty Ioane, 52 minutes)
Italy are turning up the heat now! They regain possession and force Uruguay to defend deep. Alessandro Garbisi gathers the ball and lays it off to his right knowing that Monty Ioane is coming flying in from a sharp angle.
Ioane collects the ball and dives under sticks. The Italians go back in front and Uruguay’s resistance may be broken.
TRY! Italy 14-17 Uruguay, (Michele Lamaro, 46 minutes)
Italy are back in the game! They pile up the pitch and look to get in under the sticks but are held up. Juan Ignacio Brex takes the ball from the ruck and swings it out to Tommaso Allan who silkily passes the ball across to the left.
Michele Lamaro runs onto the catch, shrugs off a tackle and drops over the line. The conversion goes over too.
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