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2015-09-26 14:11
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26 Sep 17:23

FULL-TIME AT ELLAND ROAD

What an excellent game of rugby! Canada can hold their head up high! They really gave Italy a massive scare.

Italy 23 Canada 18

26 Sep 17:22

80' +1 - PENALTY slotted by Allan!

Italy 23 Canada 18

26 Sep 17:22
80' - Scrum penalty to Italy and that's the match. Italy will have a shot at goal. 
26 Sep 17:19
78' - Castrogiovanni knocks the ball on as he tries to rumble it up. Canada have a scrum on their own line, this is their last chance but they unfortunately knock-on. 
26 Sep 17:17
77' - Another penalty for Italy, this time Canada were not rolling away at a ruck. Allan sets up another lineout. 
26 Sep 17:16
75' - Italy have a chance to extend their lead to five again after a high tackle by van der Merwe. Instead of going for posts, Allan sets up a lineout 8m from the Canadian line. 
26 Sep 17:13
73' - Massive call by George Clancey. Campagnaro bursts through after Allan had put him into a massive hole, but the pass is ruled forward. Correct call. 
26 Sep 17:11
73' - Canada have had 60% of the possession in the second half. 
26 Sep 17:09

71' - PENALTY slotted by Hirayama!

The gap is now only two points! Can Canada cause an upset here?  

Italy 20 Canada 18

26 Sep 17:08
70' - They are only 2m out but can't break through. They have a penalty however as a number of Italian forwards were offside. Hirayama will kick at goal. 
26 Sep 17:06
68' - Again the Canadians surge into the Italian 22m area. How much longer can they be kept out?
26 Sep 17:05
67' - The Canadians are ruled in touch, big mistake from the touch judge as MacKenzie had flicked the ball back inside. 
26 Sep 17:03
65' - Italy infringe at a ruck and Hirayama sets up a lineout in the Italian 22m area. Can they score?
26 Sep 17:00
62' - Again the Canadians cough up possession and Italy clear upfield. 
26 Sep 16:58
61' - Canada will not give up! They are straight back onto the attack and stream into the Italian 22m area. 
26 Sep 16:56

59' - CONVERSION slotted by Allan!

Italy 20 Canada 15

26 Sep 16:55

58' - TRY to Italy!

Garcia, is over near the uprights! Italy's first meaningful attack of the second half brings points. 

Italy 18 Canada 15

26 Sep 16:54
57' - Now Italy surge into the Canadian 22m area. Castrogiovanni goes very close to the line. 
26 Sep 16:53
57' - Nothing came from the lineout, Canada not using the ample possession they have had so far in the second half. 
26 Sep 16:50
54' - Canada move straigh back onto the attack, taking the ball through a number of phases as they move into the Italian 22m area. Italy pilfer the ball and Allan clears downfield, but he was just outside his 22m area and kicked the ball out on the full. Canada have an attacking lineout. 
26 Sep 16:47
52' - Another strong Canadian attack comes to an end through some poor handling. They have Italy under huge pressure here, much in the same way the first half started. 
26 Sep 16:44
49' - Another brilliant breakout by Canada with van der Merwe heavily involved on the left-wing again. Unfortunately for them, they knock-on at a crucial moment. 
26 Sep 16:41
47' - Italy are awarded a penalty as the scrum goes to ground. Chance for them to put some pressure on Canada. Allan sets up a lineout just outside the Canadian 22m area. 
26 Sep 16:40
46' - The pass is ruled forward and Italy breathe a sigh of relief. 
26 Sep 16:38
45' - McKenzie is over in the right-hand corner for Canada after another excellent backline move. The pass to him might have been forward however. The TMO will have a look. 
26 Sep 16:37

43' - TRY to Canada!

Their strong start to the second half has paid off. Evans has scored in the corner after a flowing backline move. He did all the work, breaking a tackle and beating the cover defence into the left-hand corner. Hirayama can't convert. 

Italy 13 Canada 15

26 Sep 16:37

43' - TRY to Canada!

Their strong start to the second half has paid off. Evans has scored in the corner after a flowing backline move. He did all the work, breaking a tackle and beating the cover defence into the left-hand corner. Hirayama can't convert. 

Italy 13 Canada 15

26 Sep 16:35
41' - Canada have started the second-half very strongly. Evans transfers play into the Italian 22m are with an excellent kick. 
26 Sep 16:33
40' - Hirayama gets the second half underway for Canada. 
26 Sep 16:20

HALF-TIME AT ELLAND ROAD

What a great half of rugby that was. Both teams score and excellent try but it's Italy who just got their noses in front on the stroke of half-time.

Italy 13 Canada 10

26 Sep 16:18

40' - PENALTY slotted by Allan!

Italy 13 Canada 10

26 Sep 16:17
39' - Canada win the lineout but are penalised for side entry at a ruck. Cudmore was the guilty party. Allan, who is back on the field, will kick at goal from pretty much straight out in front. 
26 Sep 16:15
39' - Canna is over in the corner, but it looks like he is out into touch in the process of scoring. TMO called into action to have a look. He did really well, but was just out into touch before dotting down. 
26 Sep 16:15
39' - Canna is over in the corner, but it looks like he is out into touch in the process of scoring. TMO called into action to have a look. He did really well, but was just out into touch before dotting down. 
26 Sep 16:14
38' - Italy have a great chance to apply more pressure just before half-time. They have scrum after Hearn's 22m drop-out goes far too long. 
26 Sep 16:14
38' - Italy have a great chance to apply more pressure just before half-time. They have scrum after Hearn's 22m drop-out goes far too long. 
26 Sep 16:12

36' - Another strong scrum from Italy. The pitch at Elland road is cutting up very badly. Canada are penalised for a ruck infringement.

Allan is off the field at the moment in the blood bin so Canna will have shot at goal. He misses out to the right.

26 Sep 16:09
33' - Both sides really giving it their all, but some mistakes starting to creep in as well. Hirayma misses touch, allowing the Italians to run the ball straight back at Canada. 
26 Sep 16:06
30' - Canada win a scrum penalty! They will be happy with that! Italy a little unlucky as one of their props slipped and went down. Hirayama will kick at goal from 50m out. He has missed by a long way!
26 Sep 16:02
26' - Another penalty to Italy. This time Dala looks to break away, he is tackled but got back to his feet without releasing the ball. Allan sets up a line out in the Canadian 22m area. 
26 Sep 16:00

25' - PENALTY slotted by Allan!

All square at Elland Road.

Italy 10 Canada 10

26 Sep 15:59
24' - Allan sees some space in behind the Canadian defence and kicks ahead. Italy are awarded a penalty which Allan will kick at goal. 
26 Sep 15:58
23' - Monster scrum from Italy but somehow Ardron comes away with the ball and Canada clear but do not find touch. 
26 Sep 15:56
22' - Excellent defence from the Canadians with fullback Evans securing a turnover for his team. 
26 Sep 15:55
21' - That try has woken Italy up! They are bashing away at the Canadian line!
26 Sep 15:54

17' - TRY to Italy!

What a response from Italy!  That was all thanks to scrumhalf Gori who broke brilliantly, scything through the Canadian defence. He was eventually pulled down but not before finding Rizzo who justs gets over the line! Allan converts.  What a game this is!

Italy 7 Canada 10 

 
  • 80'

    PENALTY, ITALY, ALLAN. 23-18. Italy win a penalty after Canada are pinged for illegal scrummaging. Allan will have a shot at goal right in-front of poles. He converts and that''s the game! Brilliant attacking rugby by both teams, but Italy go away with a hard fought victory.

  • 80'

    ITALY 23 CANADA 18

  • 79'

    Phil Mack forces the knock on at the back of the scrum. Italy will have another scrum 5 metres from Canada's try-line.

  • 78'

    Italy set up the driving maul 5 metres from Canada's try-line. Now they go through the phases but it comes to nothing as they spill the ball in midfield.

  • 77'

    DTH van der Merwe is penalised for a high tackle, but it's just a penalty. Allan finds touch 5 metres from Canada's try-line. Now Italy attack as they rumble forward with their forwards. They win another penalty after Canada are pinged for not rolling away at the break down.

  • 75'

    Canada retain possession and now they attack from deep inside their own half but Evans throws a loose pass and the ball goes into touch.

  • 73'

    Canada gathers the kick off and attack from deep inside their 22. They take play up-to half way, but they spill the ball in contact. Scrum Italy on half way.

  • 71'

    PENALTY, CANADA, HIRAYAMA. 20-18. Canada are still probing as they try and bash over the try-line with their forwards. They win the penalty after Josh Furno is pinged for being offside at the break down. Hirayama indicates that he will have a shot at goal from 20 metres out in-front of the poles. He converts!

  • 69'

    Canada are back on the attack. They patiently go through the phases now inside Italy''s 22.

  • 67'

    Canada are surging forward. They swing the ball wide but they are driven into touch.

  • 66'

    Canada win a penalty after Italy are pinged for not releasing the ball on the ground. Hirayama finds touch with a super kick 4 metres out from Italy's try-line.

  • 65'

    Italy are on the attack now deep inside Canada's half. Allan falls back into the pocket and attempts a drop-goal, but it's a poor strike as he pushes his kick to the left.

  • 63'

    Canada's attack comes to nothing once again as Italy win the turn-over. Brilliant defence by Italy.

  • 62'

    Canada patiently go through the phases as they take their attack up-to Italy''s try-line.

  • 60'

    Italy have taken control of this game, but Canada are still firing at Italy as they are on the attack once more.

  • 59'

    CONVERSION,ITALY, ALLAN. 20-15. Allan ads the extras and gives his side a 5 point lead.

  • 58'

    TRY, ITALY, GARCIA. 18-15. Italy have an attacking line out inside Canada''s 22. Now Italy go through the phases with their forwards. They swing the ball wide to Gonzalo Garcia who finds the gap and scores under the poles!!

  • 57'

    Both side ringing the changes now!

  • 56'

    Canada still probing as they keep testing Italy's defence, but they spill the ball and Italy will have the put in to the scrum inside their 22.

  • 55'

    Italy spill the ball this time around and Canada are on the attack once again. They surge forward with their forwards but they make little headway as they are met by a wall of blue defenders.

  • 53'

    Canada patiently go through the phases with their forwards but it comes to nothing yet again as they force the knock on. Relief for Italy who have been defending for most of the second half.

  • 52'

    Italy are struggling to maintain Canada's elusive attack. Canada are powering forward once again as they swing the ball wide and take play up to Italy's 22.

  • 50'

    Now we have some aerial ping pong. Canada are on the attack after deciding to keep ball in hand. They take play up in Italy's half, but it comes to nothing however as Canada force the knock on.

  • 49'

    Italy attack from the line-out as they swing the ball wide but it comes to nothing as the spill the ball in midfield. Scrum Canada.

  • 47'

    Italy win the penalty at the scrum as Canada are pinged for illegal scrummaging. Allan finds touch about 10 from Canada's 22.

  • 46'

    Italy are on the attack deep inside Canada's 22. Canada make the turn over and play the ball up-field. They swing the ball wide to Phil Mackenzi who beats the defender and goes over in the right hand corner. The TMO says no try! The pass was forward. That was touch and go. Brilliant attacking play by Canada once again.

  • 44'

    TRY, CANADA, EVANS. 13-15. Canada attack from a line out on half as they swing the ball wide to Phil Mackenzie who beats the defender and gives the inside ball to Matt Evans who scores in the left hand corner! What a try!! Hirayama''s pushes his conversion kick to the left however.

  • 42'

    Italy will have the throw into the line out on half way. They set up the driving maul and Gori gives a box kick and now Canada attack from deep inside their 22.

  • 41'

    Matt Evans gets the second half underway!

  • 40'

    PENALTY, ITALY, ALLAN. 13-10. Italy win another penalty as Canada are pinged for entering at the side of the ruck and not through the gate. Allan is back on the field and lines up the kick in-front of the poles and he converts giving them the lead as the players head into the shed for a well deserved break. What a half it's been!

  • 40'

    ITALY 13 CANADA 10

  • 39'

    Italy have the put in to the scrum in Canada's 22. They swing the ball wide as Canna loops around and gathers the pass, but he is driven into touch.

  • 38'

    Italy swing the ball wide from the scrum on half way and they win the penalty just outside Canada's 22 after Canada are pinged for not rolling away at the break down. Replacement fly-half Carlo Canna lines up a shot at goal, but he pushes it to the right however.

  • 35'

    Italy are on the attack once more as they surge forward, but it comes to nothing as Canada makes a crucial turn-over in their 22.

  • 33'

    Too many unnecessary kicks at the moment. Let's keep ball in hand!

  • 32'

    Canada win a penalty after Italy are pinged for illegal scrummaging. Hirayama indicates that he will have a shot at goal from the left hand touch line about 45 metres out. His kick is short and wide however.

  • 30'

    Canada are looking sharp on defense as they yet again stop Italy's attack. They spill the ball in contact and Italy will have the put in to the scrum on half way.

  • 28'

    End to end stuff by both teams! Wow what a game.

  • 27'

    Canada are on the attack deep inside Italy's half, but it comes to nothing as Canada are pinged for not rolling away at the break down. Italy have a line out inside Canada's 22.

  • 24'

    PENALTY, ITALY, ALLAN. 10-10. Italy are on the attack once again in Canada's 22. Italy win a penalty after Canada are pinged for being offside at the break down once again. Allan converts and the scores are level.

  • 22'

    Italy set up the driving maul and power forwrard. Now they go through the phases with their forwards, but they are met by a wall off red defenders as Canada win the turn-over and the scrum as the ball is unable to come out of the ensuing maul.

  • 20'

    Italy have an attacking line out about 5 metres from Canada's try-line.

  • 18'

    CONVERSION,ITALY, ALLAN. 7-10.

  • 17'

    TRY, ITALY, RIZZO. 5-10. Italy break straight through up till Canada''s try line. Michele Rizzo pics up and goes over for a push over try!!

  • 16'

    CONVERSION,CANADA, HIRAYAMA. 0-10.

  • 15'

    TRY, CANADA,VAN DER MERWE. 0-8. Canada gather the kick from the kick off. DTH van der Merwe breaks free and feeds to Ciaran Hearn on the inside who beats the defender and puts DTH van der Merwe in the gap who score under the poles! What a try.

  • 14'

    PENALTY, CANADA, HIRAYAMA. 0-3. Canda win the penalty after Italy are pinged for being offside at the break down. Hirayama indicates that he will have a shot at goal. He converts.

  • 13'

    Canda attack from the scrum as they swing the ball wide. Luke McLean stabs the chip kick through and Italy gather, but they force the knock on however and Canada will have the put into the scrum 5 metres from Italy's try-line.

  • 10'

    Canada are on the attack once again in Italy''s half. They patiently go through the phases, but it comes to nothing as they spill the ball and Italy hoofs the ball down field, but the kick is way to deep as it rolls over the dead ball line. Scrum Canada just outside Italy''s 22.

  • 8'

    Italy set up a driving maul from half way. They steam roll forward. They string a few phases together, but it comes to nothing as Edoardo Gori is pinged for stamping on a player's arm.

  • 7'

    Italy are under pressure once again in their 22. They attack from deep inside their 22, and Canada makes the turn-over, but it comes to nothing as they are pinged for not releasing the ball on the ground.

  • 5'

    Wow an electric start by both teams who are full of running.

  • 4'

    Canada win a penalty after Italy are pinged for not rolling away at the break down. Nathan Hirayama finds touch in Italy's 22. Canada swing the ball wide from the line-out and now they are on the attack inside Italy's 22.

  • 2'

    Canada have an attacking line-out just outside Italy's 22. They swing the ball wide but it comes to nothing as they spill the ball in contact and Italy hoof the ball down field. Line out Canada.

  • 1'

    Tommaso Allan gets us underway. His kick is deep and high. Canada force the knock on and now Italy are on the attack deep inside Canada's 22.

  • 0'

    Canada head coach Kieran Crowley has made six changes to the starting line-up that lost to Ireland last Saturday. These involve the return of captain Tyler Ardron, who will start at number eight, with Jamie Cudmore relinquishing the duties. Canada are fielding their oldest RWC starting line-up ever, with the average age of the 15 players being 29 years and 206 days old. Brothers Phil Mackenzie and Jamie Mackenzie, who were both left out of the 23 against Ireland will start in today's clash. It will be the first time they play together in a RWC match.

  • 0'

    The teams are on the field for the anthems. Please stand!

  • 0'

    Hello and welcome to our coverage of this Rugby World Cup clash between Italy and Canada at Elland Road in Leeds. We'll return shortly with the team news.

  • 0'

    Italy head coach Jacques Brunel has made four changes to his starting team and named Mauro Bergamasco on the bench, meaning the flanker could equal Brian Lima's record of playing at five Rugby World Cups. Bergamasco is the only player at RWC 2015 who made his RWC debut in the last century and would match Lima's five-tournament record if he gets on the field. There are two changes from Italy's record-setting front row against France, with props Michele Rizzo and Lorenzo Cittadini stepping up from the bench into the starting XV, and Matias Aguero and Martin Castrogiovanni taking their places among the replacements. There is also a new centre pairing with Gonzalo Garcia replacing Andrea Masi, whose RWC 2015 ended with an Achilles injury early in the opening-match defeat by France, and Tommaso Benvenuti joining him at 13 in place of Michele Campagnaro, who drops to the bench. Castrogiovanni shifts to the bench alongside fellow test centurion Bergamasco. Castrogiovanni could equal Alessandro Troncon's record of 14 RWC appearances if he gets off the bench.

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Italy Canada
  • 2 Tries 2
    • 16' Michele Rizzo
    • 57' Gonzalo Garcia
    • 14' DTH Van Der Merwe
    • 43' Matt Evans
  • 2 Conversions 1
    • 17' Tommaso Allan
    • 58' Tommaso Allan
    • 15' Nathan Hirayama
  • 3 Penalties 2
    • 24' Tommaso Allan
    • 40' Tommaso Allan
    • 80' Tommaso Allan
    • 13' Nathan Hirayama
    • 71' Nathan Hirayama
  • 0 Drop Goals 0
  • 0 Yellow Cards 0
  • 0 Red Cards 0
Team Line-ups
  • Michele Rizzo
  • Leonardo Ghiraldini
  • Lorenzo Cittadini
  • Quintin Geldenhuys
  • Josh Furno
  • Alessandro Zanni
  • Francesco Minto
  • Samuela Vunisa
  • Edoardo Gori
  • Tommaso Allan
  • Giovanbattista Venditti
  • Gonzalo Garcia
  • Tommaso Benvenuti
  • Leonardo Sarto
  • Luke McLean
  • 1
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  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
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  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • Hubert Buydens
  • Ray Barkwill
  • Doug Wooldridge
  • Jebb Sinclair
  • Jamie Cudmore
  • Nanyak Dala
  • John Moonlight
  • Tyler Ardron
  • Jamie Mackenzie
  • Nathan Hirayama
  • DTH Van Der Merwe
  • Connor Braid
  • Ciaran Hearn
  • Phil MacKenzie
  • Matt Evans
Substitutions
Substitutions
  • Davide Giazzon
  • Matias Aguero
  • Martin Castrogiovanni
  • Marco Fuser
  • Mauro Bergamasco
  • Guglielmo Palazzani
  • Carlo Canna
  • Michele Campagnaro
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  • Aaron Carpenter
  • Djustice Sears-Duru
  • Andrew Tiedemann
  • Evan Olmstead
  • Kyle Gilmour
  • Phil Mack
  • Conor Trainor
  • Harry Jones

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