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.
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PENALTY TRY! Italy 7-7 Uruguay, 26 minutes
Uruguay are level!
The TMO replays show that Manuel Ardao was held up trying to ground the ball by Danilo Fischetti. However, Fishetti had already collapsed out of a previous tackle and held him up illegally to deny Uruguay a try.
It doesn’t work as the officials award a penalty try and Fischetti is shown a yellow card. The Italians are down to 13 men here for the time being.
Italy 7-0 Uruguay, 26 minutes
No try! Uruguay think they’ve scored. From a lineout they drive a maul into the dead ball area. Manuel Ardao is given the ball, he goes through a couple of defenders and dives for the line.
He thinks he’s grounded the ball for a try but it’s unclear. The TMO is taking a look at this...
Italy 7-0 Uruguay, 24 minutes
Another turnover! Uruguay are pushing for a try of their own as they recover the ball and fling it to Felipe Etcheverry who puts the burners on to sprint over to the right side of the pitch.
He doesn’t have the legs to get in at the corner and cuts back inside before getting tackled. Uruguay storm towards the Italian line and earn another penalty as Niccolo Cannone gets sin binned.
Italy 7-0 Uruguay, 21 minutes
Miss! Oh no. That’s a shocker from Felipe Etcheverry. Uruguay’s hard work to run turn the ball over and win a penalty inside Italy’s half is wasted as Etcheverry scuffs the kick wide of the target from right in front of the sticks.
That one should have gone over. Uruguay are still in the game though and are playing nicely.
Italy 7-0 Uruguay, 17 minutes
An Italian substitute is warming up inside the deadball area as his team sweep up the pitch. A kick into the zone bobbles past him and he’s obstructing the play.
It seems unlikely that Italy would have scored as Uruguay cover the bouncing ball well but that’s an unusual thing to see. The referee tells the subs to stay off the pitch.
Italy 7-0 Uruguay, 15 minutes
Harry Latham-Coyle giving his insights from the Stade de Nice: "The scrum is becoming a real issue for Uruguay, perhaps feeling the fatigue of their exertions against France six days ago.
“Danilo Fischetti and Marco Riccioni are good mates, both London-based last season at Irish and Saracens respectively, and the pair have developed significantly as set-piece operators."
Italy 7-0 Uruguay, 13 minutes
Brilliant defending from Italy! They defend their own line and turnover the ball to deny Uruguay the chance of levelling this match.
From the resultant scrum - on the second attempt after it collapses the first time - Italy chose to run and fling the ball out to Monty Ioane on the left wing.
The pass to him is wayward but he clings onto the ball. Unfortunately all his momentum is taken out of his run and he’s quickly brought down.
Italy 7-0 Uruguay, 10 minutes
The TMO is called into action for possible foul play from Italy’s Sebastian Negri. No cards come from it despite Negri connecting with Nicolas Freitas’ head.
Freitas needs a bit of treatment on his nose though because he smushed his own face during his tackle on Juan Ignacio Brex.
Uruguay kick of territory and recover the ball a few metres from the Italy line.
Italy 7-0 Uruguay, 9 minutes
Harry Latham-Coyle at the Stade de Nice: "Really sharp attacking play from Italy after Danilo Fischetti twice did damage at scrum-time.
“They ran the same shape twice in succession, Lorenzo Pani first pulling back to try and use the width to the left, and then dummying and going to attack the line.
“The wing just, just got that down - though a few whistling Uruguayans seem to disagree. Pani is a real physical specimen, tall and muscular, and just as comfortable at full back as on the wing."
TRY! Italy 7-0 Uruguay (Lorenzo Pani, 6 minutes)
Italy lead! From the scrum they send the ball across to Lorenzo Pani who powers into the Uruguay defenders and is dragged out over the line.
He manages to ground the ball, just, and the conversion is easily punted in between the sticks.
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