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- International Match
- 16th Nov 2013
- KO 14:00
- Ground: Stadio Flaminio, Rome
- Att: 18,000
Italy v Fiji - Live
FULL TIME: ITALY 37-31 FIJI
80 That's it! The game ends with another series of painful scrums. Italy get the result but they won't be happy with their performance tonight. They were dreadful and owe their win to Fiji's indiscipline. Thanks for joining us, cheers!
79 It's very loose and fast in the closing stages as Fiji throw the kitchen sink at trying to sneak a win. Italy are bleeding penalties.
77 CONVERSION, BAI. 37-31. Unbelievable! Fiji have coughed up 5 yellow cards but are still in with a shout of winning this!
76 TRY, FIJI, NAGUSA. 37-29. Timoci Nagusa gets his second try as the tide turns in Fiji's favour. The big wing muscles his way over from close range.
74 YELLOW CARD, ITALY, PARISSE. The Azzurri skipper will end his 100th Test on the sidelines after seeing yellow for a late hit. Another harsh call.
73 CONVERSION, BAI. 37-24.
72 TRY, FIJI, NALAGA. 37-22. Fiji strike back with another sucker punch as Nikola Matawalu finds a gap before offloading to Napolioni Nalaga, who does what he does best and finishes!
71 CONVERSION, ALLAN. 37-17.
70 TRY, ITALY, VOSAWAI. 35-17. Fijian-born Manoa Vosawai scores for Italy, breaking off the back of another dominant 5m scrum.
68 YELLOW CARD, FIJI, KOYAMAIBOLE. That's number 5!!! Sisa Koyamaibole is sent to the bin for a shoulder charge off the ball on Tommaso Iannone. Another harsh call but Fiji aren't learning their lessons.
66 Italy under massive pressure here. The hosts get out of jail as Tikoirotuma knocks the ball forward while trying to intercept tight on the Italy line.
63 CONVERSION, BAI. 30-17. Fiji are not out of this game yet!
61 TRY, FIJI, NADOLO. 30-15. Once again Fiji strike from long range, this time with a great individual effort from Nadolo, who breaks the line and uses his sheer pace to sprint home.
59 CONVERSION, ORQUERA. 30-10.
58 PENALTY TRY, ITALY. 28-10. Referee Leighton Hodges has no choice as the Fiji scrum collapses.
57 Fiji shoot themselves in the foot again as Tikoirotuma catches Canale late. Italy choose the scrum 5m from the Fiji line.
55 Orquera stuffs up again with a kick that bobbles over the deadball line. We come back for a series of collapsed scrum near the centre spot. Inevitably it all ends in a penalty to Italy, who spread it wide quickly.
53 Luciano Orquera misses an easy penalty. This has not been a very good advertisement for Test match rugby.
50 Bai misses the conversion from out wide.
49 TRY, FIJI, NAGUSA. 23-10. Fiji strike back from long range again as Parisse fails to gather a kick ahead from Talebula and the Montpellier wing pounces on the loose ball.
47 PENALTY, ITALY, ORQUERA. 23-5. Easy three points.
45 Italy choose a scrum from a free kick for numbers at the line-out. No surprises as the scrum goes down. Orquera lines it up.
43 The penalties continue to rain down against Fiji. Orquera kicks into the corner as Italy look to strike early in the second half. Fiji are not doing themselves any favours, their discipline was not been worthy of professionals.
41 Here we go for the second half. Italy have made a change at scrum-half with Tobias Botes coming on.
40 HALF TIME: ITALY 20-5 FIJI
40 Italy are just trying to do too much too soon. A poor pass to Parisse goes forward and another chance is lost. The TMO has another long look at some pushing...It's taken an hour for the first half to reach it's conclusion.
37 Slow and steady wins the race for Italy. A scrum penalty is kicked to touch to set up another attack. Fiji are offside at the next ruck so Italy set up another line-out in the corner.
35 CONVERSION, ORQUERA. 20-5. Good kick from the Azzurri fly-half.
34 TRY, ITALY, MCLEAN. 18-5. It's a bit of a joke really against 12 men. Italy aren't playing very well but the overlap appears eventually and McLean scores out wide.
31 CONVERSION, ORQUERA. 13-5. Fiji are back to 12 men as Qera returns.
30 TRY, ITALY, PARISSE. 11-5. Italy's first try comes from a rolling maul. Too easy against 11 men!
29 YELLOW CARD, FIJI, NADOLO. Fiji are now down to 11 players as Nemani Nadolo is sent to the bin for an intentional knock down.
27 PENALTY, ITALY, ORQUERA. 6-5. At last Italy take the lead.
26 YELLOW CARD, FIJI, MATADIGO. Fiji are now down to 12 men as Sakiusa Matadigo is sent to the bin for a high tackle.
24 Another long, long break as the TMO reviews a tackle. YELLOW CARD, FIJI, TIKOIROTUMA. Fiji go down to 13 men as Chiefs centre Asaeli Tikoirotuma is sent to the bin. That is a terrible decision, there was nothing wrong with that tackle.
22 Another chance for Italy goes a-begging as the final pass to Parisse goes to ground. Italy are totally dominant but are making basic, silly errors at the most important times.
20 Whoa! A big dustup breaks out with Qera and Castro in the middle of it. YELLOW CARD, FIJI, QERA. The Fiji captain is sent to the bin for a dangerous tackle.
18 Orquera misses a penalty effort. Fiji lead 5-3 despite hardly having any possession at all.
16 Italy are doing a very good job of keeping Fiji in this game. The hosts have had all the possession but cough the ball up every time they get close to the line.
14 The TMO takes an age to decide to deny Parisse a try for a forward pas from Orquera. It was clear...no reason why he needed 4 minutes to make the decision.
13 Fijian are happy to run it from deep inside their own half. The ball is turned over near halfway however and Italy come again with their big forwards. But once again the ball is lost within sight of the Fijian line and Nemia Kenatale clears his lines.
Michele Campagnaro comes on to make his Test debut as Morisi is forced off with that rib injury. Scrum to Fiji inside their own 22.
9 The conversion is missed.
8 TRY, FIJI, TALEBULA. 3-5. Fiji strike with an 80m scrum as Asaeli Tikoirotuma intercepts on his own 22 and breaks clear before finding his full-back up in support!
6 A handful is resets at the scrum as Fiji struggle to cope with the pressure from Italy. Eventually the free kick goes with Fiji for feeding the scrum.
4 PENALTY, ITALY, ORQUERA. 3-0. First blood to Italy after Dominiko Waqaniburotukula is penalised.
4 Italy looking good early on with two promising attacks. Venditti finds space out wide and chips ahead but he's put too muck on it and Fiji full-back Metuisela Talebula can dot down. We have a long break as the TMO reviews a potential late tackle on Luca Morisi, who is forced off with a rib injury.
2 Fiji collapse the Italian maul so Orquera can kick for touch from the penalty.
1 Here we go! Luciano Orquera kicks us off. Fiji look to run it immediately as Nagusa burns up the touchline before being bundled into touch.
Fiji lay down the challenge with the Cibi. Game time!
The players are out on the field. Please stand for the anthems.
Team news: Fiji have recalled their French-based stars as Montpellier wing Timoci Nagusa, Clermont try machine Napolioni Nalaga start with Castres veteran Serenaia Bai at fly-half. Gloucester loose-forward Akapusi Qera skippers the Islanders.
Team news: Italy Head coach Jacques Brunel has made eight changes to side that were comprehensively beaten by Australia last weekend. Giovambattista Venditti and Tommaso Iannone both start on the wings in place of Tommaso Benvenuti and Leonardo Sarto. Veteran Gonzalo Canale comes in at outside centre, shifting Luca Morisi infield, whilst Luciano Orquera is the starter at fly-half. there is a new second row pairing with Valerio Bernabo and Quintin Geldenhuys coming in. Upfront the experienced Leonardo Ghiraldini starts ahead of Davide Giazzon at hooker.
Hello and welcome to Stadio Zini in Cremona where Italy host Fiji on an historic day for Azzuri rugby. Martin Castrogiovanni and Sergio Parisse, legends of the Italian game, both celebrate their 100th caps. They hope for a better result than last week's drubbing at the hands of Australia.
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