Ascoli Piceno - Captain Sergio Parisse scored a decisive late try and New Zealand-born
flyhalf Kelly Haimona kicked 14 points to give Italy a 24-13 victory over Samoa
in Ascoli Piceno on Saturday.
It was the Italians' first win of the year and first in 10 internationals
since they beat Fiji in November 2013, having lost twice to the Samoans in the
last 18 months.
Haimona, making his international debut at the age of 28, gave Italy an
early lead with a penalty but Samoa changed ends 10-3 up after flyhalf Tusi
Pisi's first penalty and a try through flanker Jack Lam.
Italy hit back soon after the interval with another Haimona penalty followed
by a try from flanker Simone Favaro to give them the lead for the first time.
An exchange of penalties put Italy 14-13 ahead before Parisse went over 15
minutes from the end with the conversion putting the home team eight points
Haimona's fourth successful penalty rounded out the scoring with Italy
replacement forward Alberto de Marchi's 80th-minute yellow card too late to
Italy face Argentina in Genoa next Saturday in the second of their November
Tries: Favaro, Parisse
Penalties: Haimona (4)
Penalties: Pisi (2)
15 Andrea Masi, 14 Luke Mclean, 13 Michele Campagnaro, 12 Luca Morisi, 11 Leonardo Sarto, 10 Kelly Haimona, 9 Edoardo Gori, 8 Sergio Parisse (captain), 7 Simone Favaro, 6 Alessandro Zanni, 5 Joshua Furno, 4 Quintin Geldenhuys, 3 Dario Chistolini, 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 1 Matias Aguero.
Substitutes: 16 Andrea Manici, 17 Alberto De Marchi, 18 Lorenzo Cittadini, 19 Marco Bortolami, 20 Robert Barbieri, 21 Guglielmo Palazzani, 22 Luciano Orquera, 23 Giulio Toniolatti.
15 Fa'atoina Autagavaia, 14 Ken Pisi, 13 Johnny Leota, 12 Alapati Leiua, 11 David Lemi (captain), 10 Tusi Pisi, 9 Kahn Fotuali'i, 8 Taiasina Tuifua, 7 Jack Lam, 6 Piula Fa'asalele, 5 Fa'atiga Lemalu, 4 Kane Thompson, 3 Anthony Perenise, 2 Ti'i Paulo, 1 Sakaria Taulafo.
Substitutes: 16 Ole Avei, 17 Alvert Toetu, 18 Viliamu Afatia, 19 Teofilo Paulo, 20 Maurie Faasavalu, 21 Pele Cowley, 22 Michael Stanley, 23 Winston Stanley.