Italy
19 - 10
Fiji
2017/11/11 | 16:00 |  Internationals | Stadio Angelo Massimino, Catania |  Full Time
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Italy Fiji
  • 27' Simone Ferrari
    1 Tries 1 38' Leone Nakarawa
  • 28' Carlo Canna
    1 Conversions 1 39' Ben Volavola
  • 4' Carlo Canna
    52' Carlo Canna
    57' Carlo Canna
    79' Ian McKinley
    4 Penalties 1 20' Ben Volavola
  • 0 Drop Goals 0
  • Yellow Cards 1 63' Ben Volavola
  • Red Cards
Commentary
  • 81'

    FULL-TIME: ITALY 19-10 FIJI. Italy have held on for their first test win of the year. Having gone into half-time level at 10-10, they scored two second half penalties through Canna and one through debutant McKinley to seal the victory.

  • 80'

    PENALTY, ITALY, MCKINLEY! 19-10: McKinley gets his first points for Italy! A remarkable recovery after being blinded in his left eye is complete.

  • 79'

    Italy are awarded a penalty for offside in a lockable position. Surely they will go for posts.

  • 76'

    From a defensive scrum, Italy win a free-kick and McKinley finds touch.

  • 75'

    The Fijian pressure goes to waste as Lacey blows in Italy?s favour.

  • 72'

    Fiji win a penalty near halfway and look to set up an attacking lineout.

  • 69'

    Sarto pounces on the loose ball and runs down Italy?s right, but he is unable to offload as he is hauled down.

  • 67'

    Eventually, Fiji find touch and the pressure relents for the moment.

  • 66'

    Fiji survive as they are awarded a defensive scrum. They win the ball and try to run it out from deep inside their 22.

  • 64'

    YELLOW CARD, FIJI, VOLAVOLA! Things go from bad to worse for the visitors as Volavola is sent to the sin bin. Italy go for the corner.

  • 62'

    Italy win their defensive scrum and look to run the ball at Fiji from deep. It gets stolen, but the hosts win a penalty.

  • 62'

    McKinley comes on for Canna to make his Italy debut. Who knew when he lost sight in his left eye that he could ever become an international rugby player? Sensational.

  • 58'

    PENALTY, ITALY, CANNA! 16-10: Italy stretch the gap to six as we approach the final 20 minutes of the game.

  • 57'

    Italy win a penalty from their scrum as it caves in. It looks as if they are going for posts once again.

  • 53'

    PENALTY, ITALY, CANNA! 13-10: Canna strikes the ball cleanly and puts the hosts back in front.

  • 52'

    Italy set up a lineout and win it. Canna puts a dink over the top of the Fijian defence and looks to run onto it. He?s unable to, but Italy win a penalty.

  • 50'

    Volavola fails to get enough distance on his kick. Still 10-10.

  • 49'

    Italy give away a penalty and Fiji opt to go for posts from inside their own half.

  • 46'

    The Italians push Fiji back and somehow, Canna looks as if he has got hold of the ball and grounded it! We are going upstairs again.

  • 46'

    NO TRY! Canna is adjudged to have come from an offside position. It?s still 10-10.

  • 46'

    Canna goes for touch again ? this time from open play. He manages to pin Fiji back in the corner.

  • 45'

    Italy win a penalty and Canna sets up yet another lineout near the Fiji 22.

  • 42'

    Italy put the ball to boot early on in the half. Nagusa keeps it in play and Tuisova crashes into the Azzurri defence deep inside his own half.

  • 41'

    HALF-TIME: ITALY 10-10 FIJI. Italy started off the game in style, but a clinical Fiji fought back hard to level the scores going into the break. Tries so far have been scored by Nakawara and Ferrari.

  • 41'

    Canna gets the second half up and running.

  • 40'

    CONVERSION, FIJI, VOLAVOLA! 10-10.

  • 39'

    TRY, FIJI, NAKAWARA! 10-8: Nakawara crashes straight through the Italian defence and runs all the way to set up a simple conversion!

  • 36'

    Italy go for the up-and-under, but Canna is penalised for what Lacey deems a deliberate batting away of the ball as he gets under it.

  • 34'

    Tuisova charges down Hayward?s kick and looks to ground it beyond the try-line. He may just have done so, but he doesn?t look confident. We?re going upstairs.

  • 34'

    NO TRY! The ball was knocked on by Tuisova. Still 10-3.

  • 31'

    Murimurivalu?s kick is charged down, but goes out of play. Fiji are battling to get out of their own 22.

  • 29'

    CONVERSION, ITALY, CANNA! 10-3: Canna slots the conversion over with ease and extends the lead to seven.

  • 28'

    TRY, ITALY, FERRARI! 8-3: Shortly after Italy win an attacking scrum and move just short of the try-line, Ferrari powers over for the first try if the game!

  • 23'

    Italy win a penalty right under Fiji?s posts and look to find a gap in the defence. The ball is worked out left, but Hayward can?t control Bellini?s pass and it goes into touch.

  • 21'

    Fiji go back on the attack and win a penalty. Lacey goes upstairs to check something with TMO Paterson.

  • 21'

    Lacey confirms the penalty and Fiji are going for posts.

  • 21'

    PENALTY, FIJI, VOLAVOLA! 3-3: Having been overrun in the early stages, Fiji are back level.

  • 21'

    Italy look to attack again, but they spill the ball in midfield and then Fiji win it right afterwards.

  • 19'

    Fiji look to run the ball from outside their own half down their left, but Nagusa is pushed into touch.

  • 16'

    Italy set up the lineout and seek to mount an attack, but Fiji manage to get them into touch on the hosts? left.

  • 15'

    Fiji are penalised for a high tackle from Tikoirotuma on Boni.

  • 12'

    Italy spoil yet another lineout. Now they have the ball and they move back into Fijian territory.

  • 11'

    Fiji win the ball back and clear from deep inside their 22, but Italy run it straight back at them. However, Castello is tackled and Fiji win a penalty.

  • 9'

    Canna sets up another attacking lineout for Italy. They win it just inside the Fiji 22 and look to make up some ground from the maul.

  • 7'

    Italy look to go on the front foot again, but Canna?s kick from near halfway is too heavy and goes out on the full.

  • 7'

    Italy steal the ball at the lineout and now they can look to attack again.

  • 5'

    PENALTY, ITALY, CANNA! 3-0: Canna makes no mistake and Italy take the lead.

  • 4'

    Castello is tackled into touch on Italy?s left. However, we are going back for a penalty right under the posts. Canna can open the scoring.

  • 3'

    Fiji are penalised for not rolling away and Italy win their attacking lineout. They?ve made their way into the 22.

  • 1'

    Fiji get the game underway. Volavola kicks off.

  • 0'

    Hello and welcome to our live coverage of this rugby test between Italy and Fiji at the Stadio Angelo Massimino in Catania.

  • 0'

    Italy: 15 Jayden Hayward, 14 Leonardo Sarto, 13 Tommaso Boni, 12 Tomasso Castello, 11 Mattia Bellini, 10 Carlo Canna, 9 Marcello Violi, 8 Sergio Parisse (c), 7 Abraham Steyn, 6 Francesco Minto, 5 Dean Budd, 4 Marco Fuser, 3 Simone Ferrari, 2 Luca Bigi, 1 Andrea Lovotti. Replacements: 16 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 17 Federico Zani, 18 Dario Chistolini, 19 Marco Lazzaroni, 20 Giovanni Licara, 21 Edoardo Gori, 22 Ian McKinley, 23 Matteo Minozzi.

  • 0'

    Fiji: 15 Kini Murimurivalu, 14 Josua Tuisova, 13 Asaeli Tikoirotuma, 12 Jale Vatubua, 11 Timoci Nagusa, 10 Ben Volavola, 9 Frank Lomani, 8 Nemani Nagusa, 7 Akapusi Qera (c), 6 Semi Kunatani, 5 Leone Nakarawa, 4 Apisalome Ratuniyarawa, 3 Manasa Saulo, 2 Tuapati Talemaitoga, 1 Campese Ma'afu. Replacements: 16 Sunia Koto, 17 Peni Ravai, 18 Ropate Rinakama, 19 Sikeli Nabou, 20 Mosese Voka, 21 Henry Seniloli, 22 Levani Botia, 23 Vereniki Goneva.

  • 0'

    Italy are winless at test level in 2017 so far and will be looking to avenge a 22-19 defeat to Fiji in June.

  • 0'

    Irishman John Lacey is today's referee. He is assisted by New Zealand's Brendon Pickerill and Frenchman Pierre Brousset. Scotland's Neil Paterson is the TMO.

  • 0'

    The national anthems are underway and it?s nearly time for kick-off.

Team Line-ups
Italy Fiji
  • Andrea Lovotti
  • Luca Bigi
  • Simone Ferrari
  • Marco Fuser
  • Dean Budd
  • Francesco Minto
  • Braam Steyn
  • Sergio Parisse
  • Marcello Violi
  • Carlo Canna
  • Mattia Bellini
  • Tommaso Castello
  • Tommaso Boni
  • Leonardo Sarto
  • Jayden Hayward
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • Campese Ma'afu
  • Talemaitoga Tuapati
  • Manasa Saulo
  • Api Ratuniyarawa
  • Leone Nakarawa
  • Semi Kunatani
  • Akapusi Qera
  • Nemani Nagusa
  • Frank Lomani
  • Ben Volavola
  • Timoci Nagusa
  • Jale Vatubua
  • Asaeli Tikoirotuma
  • Josua Tuisova
  • Kini Murimurivalu
Substitutions
  • Leonardo Ghiraldini
  • Federico Zani
  • Dario Chistolini
  • Marco Lazzaroni
  • Giovanni Licata
  • Edoardo Gori
  • Ian McKinley
  • Matteo Minozzi
  • 16
  • 17
  • 18
  • 19
  • 20
  • 21
  • 22
  • 23
  • Sunia Koto
  • Peni Ravai
  • Ropate Rinakama
  • Sikeli Nabou
  • Mosese Voka
  • Henry Seniloli
  • Levani Botia
  • Vereniki Goneva

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