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Handre Pollard received the Man of the Match award in the #Springboks 35-6 win over Italy in Padova on Saturday. #ITAvRSA @MTNza @ASICS_ZA pic.twitter.com/xtq1bP7NLa— South African Rugby (@Springboks) November 25, 2017
Handre Pollard received the Man of the Match award in the #Springboks 35-6 win over Italy in Padova on Saturday. #ITAvRSA @MTNza @ASICS_ZA pic.twitter.com/xtq1bP7NLa
Five tries to none as the Boks beat @Federugby by 35-6 in Padova for their second win on the @CastleLagerSA Outgoing Tour, their biggest win in Italy since 1997.— South African Rugby (@Springboks) November 25, 2017
Five tries to none as the Boks beat @Federugby by 35-6 in Padova for their second win on the @CastleLagerSA Outgoing Tour, their biggest win in Italy since 1997.
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Next weekend the Springboks will finish their year-end tour with a Test against Wales in Cardiff.
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Never get carried away by a win over Italy. But given Florence last year the pitfalls were there. Boks were good in their basics, forwards were strong. Still loads to work on, still many questions. But a win is a win.— Brenden Nel (@BrendenNel) November 25, 2017
Never get carried away by a win over Italy. But given Florence last year the pitfalls were there. Boks were good in their basics, forwards were strong. Still loads to work on, still many questions. But a win is a win.
The Springboks will be pleased having taken several chances and showing good commitment on defence. Their scrums were far superior and the coaching staff will be pleased with the win. It's however tough to judge against such a poor Italian outfit...
#ITAvRSA [6-35] All'Euganeo finisce con gli @Springboks che battono 35 a 6 gli Azzurri. Prossimo appuntamento con #Italrugby il 4/2/18 h. 16 contro @EnglandRugby a Roma per il @SixNationsRugby 2018 pic.twitter.com/EVCQMzSd91— Italrugby (@Federugby) November 25, 2017
#ITAvRSA [6-35] All'Euganeo finisce con gli @Springboks che battono 35 a 6 gli Azzurri. Prossimo appuntamento con #Italrugby il 4/2/18 h. 16 contro @EnglandRugby a Roma per il @SixNationsRugby 2018 pic.twitter.com/EVCQMzSd91
79'- PENALTIES CONCEDED
77'- CONVERSION slotted by Jantjies.
Italy 6-35 SA
75'- Lood de Jager tried to barge into an Italian player but failed to make contact, the TMO determines.
So the try stands!
72'- Gelant chases another chip behind the defence but this time the dead-ball line wins.
Again the referee goes back for a penalty - this time after a powerful Bok scrum...
72'- Gelant has a chance to score on debut but unfortunately he cannot gather a Jantjies grubber in behind the Italian defence.
However, the referee goes back for a penalty to South Africa, who opt to scrum...
Why bring Elton on for Pollard with 15 to go when Pollard has hardly played all year and Elton is not available to play v Wales? Unless injured the mind again boggles at the rationale behind the substitutions— Mark Keohane (@mark_keohane) November 25, 2017
Why bring Elton on for Pollard with 15 to go when Pollard has hardly played all year and Elton is not available to play v Wales? Unless injured the mind again boggles at the rationale behind the substitutions
It’s anything but pretty in the Padua rain. How unbelievably poor are Italy?— Front Row Grunt (@FrontRowGrunt) November 25, 2017
It’s anything but pretty in the Padua rain. How unbelievably poor are Italy?
Sad to see Bok rugby reduced to a pedantic shuffle - surely we can do better?— Schalk Burger (@skalabrak) November 25, 2017
Sad to see Bok rugby reduced to a pedantic shuffle - surely we can do better?
Congratulations @WarrickGelant! Couldn't be happier to see you get your first cap. ?????? #Boogey— Kyle Brown (@kylegbrown) November 25, 2017
Congratulations @WarrickGelant! Couldn't be happier to see you get your first cap. ?????? #Boogey
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62'- PENALTIES CONCEDED
These Italians are a danger to themselves with ball in hand ... they offer nothing on attack. Boks in cruise control 28-6 after and hour Chilliboy on and so too Warrick Gelant for a Test debut— Mark Keohane (@mark_keohane) November 25, 2017
These Italians are a danger to themselves with ball in hand ... they offer nothing on attack. Boks in cruise control 28-6 after and hour Chilliboy on and so too Warrick Gelant for a Test debut
It's a Test debut for Warrick Gelant!
60' - Ralepelle, Mostert and Gelant all on for the Boks!
#ITAvRSA [6-28] ?? Un po' di immagini del secondo tempo pic.twitter.com/FK50PHuoNq— Italrugby (@Federugby) November 25, 2017
#ITAvRSA [6-28] ?? Un po' di immagini del secondo tempo pic.twitter.com/FK50PHuoNq
52'- The Italians looking very lateral on attack, without any real plans with ball in hand.
One can see why they've only won one of their last 11 Tests...
Cronje targets his box kicks at high-point instead of landing zone.— Zelím Nel (@Zels77) November 25, 2017
Cronje targets his box kicks at high-point instead of landing zone.
FULL-TIME: ITALY 6-35 SOUTH AFRICA. South Africa have their revenge on Italy. Having led 21-6 at half-time, the Springboks scored second half tries through Kitshoff and Mostert, both of which were converted. Pollard was the standout player for visitors.
TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, MOSTERT! 6-33: It is ruled that no contact was made and the try is awarded!
CONVERSION, SOUTH AFRICA, JANTJIES! 6-35: Jantjies pops an easy kick over the posts.
Mostert powers over from straight in front of the line and right near the posts! The pressure appears to have paid off. However, Poite is going upstairs to look for a shoulder charge.
The Springboks continue to pile the pressure on in attack. Du Toit makes way for Dan du Preez.
South Africa go on the attack and win the penalty advantage. Jantjies puts a kick through for Gelant, but he is just unable to control the ball and dot down for a try on debut.
Minto comes on to replace Fuser for the Italians. Ghiraldini throws in from a defensive lineout and Italy secure it.
Now South Africa are on the ball and will look to build something.
Replacement hooker Ralepelle's throw is perfect, but Pollard's clearance is poor. Italy come back at the visitors.
Italy knock the ball on and now South Africa have a scrum. The Springboks have spent plenty of time on defence, but they have held firm.
McKinley puts a kick through, but it goes into touch and the Springboks have a defensive lineout.
Gelant comes on for the Springboks, making his test debut. Italy have an attacking lineout.
Italy win their lineout and continue to look for a gap on the edge of the 22.
At last, South Africa manage to clear. However, Italy come straight back at them.
Italy inch closer and win a penalty. De Jager failed to roll away from the tackle.
Paige comes on for Cronje with Italy still piling on the pressure.
Italy have survived and now they are on the attack themselves near the Springbok 22. They are building up patiently.
Ferrari is penalised at the scrum on his own team's put-in. Pollard finds touch inside the Italian 22.
CONVERSION, SOUTH AFRICA, POLLARD! 6-28: Pollard strikes it well again and South Africa now lead by more than three converted tries.
TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, KITSHOFF! 6-26: Great work from the South African forwards again. Kitshoff is the man who powers over for the finish.
South Africa win a penalty for a side-entry and kick for touch. They then win another penalty advantage.
Canna goes for posts, but his attempt goes wide and that's the last kick of the half.
HALF-TIME: ITALY 6-21 SOUTH AFRICA. The hosts started the half brightly, but the Springbok defence survived their onslaught. South Africa then went into the ascendancy, with Louw, Mbonambi and Venter grabbing tries ? all three of which were converted by Pollard.
The second half is underway.
Italy come right back at the Springboks, but Pollard manages to clear once again. The fly-half has recovered well from last weekend's poor display.
The TMO is reviewing a tackle from Etzebeth on Parisse.
Etzebeth is penalised for a high tackle after Poite's consultation with Eric Gauzins.
Italy waste a promising attacking position as they lose the ball forward. Licata had initiated the attack for the Azzurri.
CONVERSION, SOUTH AFRICA, POLLARD! 6-21: Pollard converts from out left after having kicked the ball there to set up the try.
South Africa get the advantage and Pollard hoists the ball. Skosan can't catch, but after a scramble, Venter seems to think he has scored the try! Poite goes upstairs.
TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, VENTER! 6-19: The try is given. There was no knock-on from Skosan.
Hayward clears for Italy. Mbonambi then goes over the top from a quickly-taken lineout. South Africa are on the front foot again.
South Africa are back on the attack, just outside Italy's 22.
Mtawarira is limping and South Africa bring Kitshoff on. The Beast gets a warm reception from the crowd.
Italy put on a much-improved show at a scrum on South Africa's put-in, but Canna is penalised for offside.
CONVERSION, SOUTH AFRICA, POLLARD! 6-14: Pollard strikes the ball sweetly and South Africa extend the lead beyond a converted try.
TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, MBONAMBI! 6-12: South Africa kick for the corner, and from the attacking lineout, the forwards force their way over! Mbonambi scores on his first test start.
Mtawarira receives treatment on the field, but indicates that he is ok to continue.
Italy make a silly mistake deep inside their own territory from an attempted pick-and-go as they give away a scrum. From there, South Africa get the penalty advantage.
PENALTY, ITALY, CANNA! 6-7: Canna slots a simple penalty over the posts and there's only one point separating the sides.
There is no contest from South Africa at the lineout and Italy go right in front of the posts. Leyds intercepts a pass, but de Jager had earlier failed to roll away and thus gives away a penalty.
Cronje is penalised and Italy kick for touch, setting up an attacking lineout.
CONVERSION, SOUTH AFRICA, POLLARD! 3-7: Pollard, who struggled last weekend against France, gets his first points of this game.
TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, LOUW! 3-5: South Africa build up patiently before Louw goes over from the pick-and-drive! Fantastic team try.
The two sides exchange a series of kicks. Now, it is South Africa on the ball inside Italy's half.
PENALTY, ITALY, CANNA! 3-0: Canna takes advantage, slotting the ball over. Italy draw first blood.
Italy think they have scored the first try of the game, but Poite's whistle had already sounded.
Parisse was penalised for offside, but we are going back for a lineout penalty against Etzebeth.
The Azzurri win their attacking lineout and probe for a gap in the defence.
The first scrum of the match results in an Italian free-kick. Parisse kicks the ball into space and then it goes into touch off du Toit's foot.
Italy are doing most of the early attacking, with Violi's kicks putting the Springboks under pressure.
Italy take the ball through 11 phases before Violi puts a kick through. It goes into touch and South Africa stay solid on their defensive lineout. Pollard clears, but doesn't find touch.
Parisse whispers in Canna's ear and then the fly-half gets the game underway.
Etzebeth loses the ball forward in contact near his own 22. Italy have the early advantage.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of this rugby test at the Stadio Euganeo in Padova as South Africa look to avenge last year's dreadful loss to Italy.
Angelo Esposito replaces Leonardo Sarto on the right wing for Italy. Sarto drops out of the matchday 23. In the forwards, Giovanni Licata starts on the blindside flank as Francesco Minto is relegated to the bench.
Bongi Mbonambi makes his first Springbok start at hooker, while the versatile Pieter-Steph du Toit starts at openside flanker after missing the France test due to concussion. Full-back Warrick Gelant will make his first appearance for South Africa if he comes off the bench.
Frenchman Romain Poite is today's referee. He has history with the Springboks, having controversially sent off Bismarck du Plessis against the All Blacks in 2013. His assistants are JP Doyle and Ben Whitehouse, while Eric Gauzins is the TMO.
There is a warm round of applause following the South African national anthem. Then, the crowd joins the Italian team in belting out theirs. We are nearly set for kick-off now.
The teams make their way out onto the field. The Azzurri get a huge cheer as the veteran eighthman, Sergio Parisse leads them out.
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