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Full time ITALY 10-39 SAMOA
80 That's it! Italy can't find a way past the Samoan defence. Samoa are full value for an impressive win. They'll face the Springboks next week. Thanks for joining us, Cheers!
79 Italy have one last fling after winning a penalty (again) from a scrum. They're stuck on the edge on the Samoan 22.
77 Alesana Tuilagi has a rare chance to run out wide. He's been very quiet today. Samoa are throwing it around looking for another try. Italy just trying to shut it down and get to full time.
75 CONVERSION, ANUFE. 10-39.
74 TRY, SAMOA, VA'AULA. 10-37. Oh, it's turning into a rout. Ki Anufe starts the counter attack from inside his own half before offloading to Brando Va'aulu for an easy try.
72 CONVERSION, DI BERNADO. 10-32. Easy extras
71 PENALTY TRY, ITALY!!!! 8-32. A huge scrum marches the Samaons back and Parisse is about to flop over when Tuifua breaks off early and kicks the ball away. Easy decision for referee Craig Joubert.
70 YELLOW CARD, SAMOA, LEIUA. Samoa go a man down as the pay the price for killing the ball right on their line.
69 This is much better from Italy as some straight running and well-timed passes takes them right up to the Samoan try line. They're laying siege...
67 There is a real lack of a sense of urgency from Italy. You could argue that the game is as good as over, but they haven't matched the Samoans' intensity all game.
65 CONVERSION, WILLIAMS. 3-32. The Italians can feel a bit aggrieved by that TMO decision, which was dubious to say the least. Avei's foot looked to have touched the line.
64 Try for Taiasina Tuifua?? Some great offloading from the Samoans. Ole Avei offloads in the tackle from Parisse but was he out before releasing the ball to Taiasina Tuifua? The TMO will decide. The TMO says yes! TRY, SAMOA, TUIFUA! 3-30.
63 Di Bernardo kicks for touch from the penalty but Samoa steal the line-out. Not much going right for the Italians at the moment.
61 Whoa! Logovii Mulipola comes off the Samoan bench and into the front row at loosehead and is immediately driven back at scrum time and concedes a penalty.
59 Samoa still in control, keeping it a bit tighter though as they look to manage the last quarter.
55 CONVERSION, WILLIAMS. 3-25. Game over, surely.
54 TRY, SAMOA, LEOTA. 3-23. Italy punished again for an error with a long-range try. A split ball sees Pisi step Castro inside his own 22 and start the attack. Some slick handling puts Johnny Leota away and the centre sprints home from half way.
52 PENALTY, SAMOA, WILLIAMS. 3-18. Great kick from the centre, who splits the uprights from 50m out.
50 A worry for the Italians as Parisse takes a knock to the head but he eventually gets up, looking a bit groggy. A patient build up from Samoa ends in Castrogiovanni penalised on the deck.
47 More mad skills from Parisse, who break clean down the left touchline this time. A neat cheap over the top from the number eight puts Venditti away. Masi and Canale combine to bring the Azzurri 10m short of the line but the ball is turned over at a ruck.
45 What? Sergio Parisse!!! Too good! The Italian skipper busts down the touchline before throwing a perfect offload behind his back! The Samoan cover defence arrives to clean up.
43 The conversion attempt goes wide from Williams.
Second half TRY, SAMOA, LEIUA. 3-15. Perfect start to the second half for Samoa as Alapati Leiua runs onto Tusi Pisi's deft kick out wide to score in the corner!
Half Time Italy 3 Samoa 10
40 Gonzalo Canale pounces on a loose ball and kicks ahead! He regathers inside Samoa's 22 but Pisi does brilliantly to win a turnover. Taiasina Tuifua sets up another phase and when the ball comes out again, Pisi hoofs it into touch. The hooter goes to signal half-time and the players head into the sheds. It's been a fairly event first half but both teams have showed a willingness to run the ball which has been encouraging. Hopefully there will be more of the same after the break.
38 Samoa take the ball through 10 phases and are camped close to the Italy's try-line. Sergio Parisse is eventually penalised for being offside but Williams pushes his effort wide of the mark.
34 Gonzalo Garcia takes a shot from about 53 metres out, after Samoa are pinned for a ruck infringmeent. His effort has the direction but falls just short.
31 PENALTY, SAMOA, WILLIAMS! 3-10. Williams extends the islanders' lead after Alberto De Marchi is penalised for being offside.
29 PENALTY, ITALY, ORQUERA! 3-7. Orquera gets Italy's first points after Ole Avei infringes at a ruck.
27 Italy show great continuity by taking the ball through several phases. They are soon camped on the edge of Samoa's 22.
25 Paul Leo is penalised for not rolling away at a ruck. Orquera kicks for touch and puts the ball out 10 metres inside the Samoa's half.
22 CONVERSION, SAMOA, WILLIAMS! 0-7. Williams adds the extras to extend his side's lead!
21 TRY, SAMOA, WILLIAMS! 0-5. Paul Williams rounds off after Tusi Pisi catches Italy's defence napping with a devastating break! He offloads to Alapati Leiua who passes to Williams who scores under the posts!
20 Samoa try to attack from deep inside their 22 but Italy's captain Sergio Parisse is blown up for being offside and Pisi puts the ball out just inside the Azzurri's half.
18 Italy get a chance to open the scroing after Ole Avei is penalised for not rolling away after making a tackle. Luciano Orquera pulls his kick which is some way off target.
14 Jeremy Sua breaks around the fringe of a ruck and offloads to Wayne Ole Avei. Referee Craig Joubert calls them back for a forward pass.
12 Italy try to launch a drive from a line-out. They make little headway as Samoa come to the fore with a good counter-shove!
9 Samoa are stringing some phases together and Jack Lam and Daniel Leo are both prominent ball carriers. They win some ground and are soon on the attack inside Italy's half.
6 Pisi launches a bomb and Andrea Masi rises high to collect but knocks on under great pressure from Paul Williams.
3 Alessandro Zanni is pinned for holding onto the ball on the ground. Tusi Pisi puts the ball out midway between the halfway mark and Italy's 22.
Kick off Luciano Orquera gets the match underway with a deep hanging kick which Alapati Leiua gathers despite great pressure from Tommaso Iannone.
Siva Tau Italy's players stand to attention and face up to a stirring version of Samoa's battle cry, the Siva Tau!
Anthems The two teams line up for their respective anthems. first up is Samoa's Banner of Freedom, followed by Italy's Il Canto degli Italiani.
Team news Italy coach Jacques Brunel has made seven changes to his starting line-up. There are four changes to the back-line and three more to the pack that lost heavily to the Springboks last week. Luciano Orquera returns to the fly-half berth while veteren centres Gonzalo Canale and Gonzalo Garcia team up in midfield. Treviso wing Tommaso Iannone wins his third cap after making his debut in November. Alberto Di bernardo and Luke Mclean drop to the bench. Up front, Martin Castrogiovanni returns at tighhead prop ahead of Lorenzo Cittadini while Valerio Bernabo starts in place of Antonio Pavanello in the second row. Mauro Bergamasco is back in the loose trio to make his first start in the number seven jersey in almost a year.There are more changes amongst the replacements in the form of hooker Andrea Manici, prop Michele Rizzo and loose forward Manoa Vosawai.
Team news Samoa coach Stephen Betham has made one alteration to his starting XV for this clash with Italy as Zak Taulafo replaces Logovii Mulipola at prop.
Welcome Good day and welcome to the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit for this international between Italy and Samoa. The match forms part of a double header at this 2010 Football World Cup venue with South Africa and Scotland doing battle later on today. We'll be back soon with team news.
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