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Kick-off local time : Sat, 08 June 2013 - 17h00
Kick-off : Sat, 08 June 2013 - 17h00
Venue : Durban
Referee : Pascal Gauzère (France)
Match status : Result
  South Africa Italy
Tries Adriaan Strauss (13min) and Bryan Habana (65min)
Conversions Patrick Lambie (78min)
Penalty tries
Yellow cards
Red cards
Minute Commentary


The Boks open their season with a comfortable win whilst blooding a few youngsters. Thanks for joining us and join us again next week for live coverage of all the week's biggest games.


Italy knock-on as they try in vain to score a consolation try and that's FULL-TIME!


Basson runs in an intercept TRY! Italy going for broke and it not paying off. Lambie kicks the easy CONVERSION!


The Boks run back an aimless kick. Basson draws two men and times his offload perfectly to put De Villiers away for the bonus point TRY, Steyn adding the CONVERSION!


The Boks concede a fourth scrum penalty and again Italy clear their line.


Habana threatens once more with ball in hand. Le Roux continues the movement and finds Engelbrecht with a great ball. He sprints down the right wing and dives over only to lose the ball in the air.


Italy annihilate the Boks at the resulting scrum to earn a penalty from where they clear their line.


Engelbrecht butchers a certain try as he knocks on in his attempt to scoop up a kick ahead by Basson just before the try-line.


The Boks secure a turnover and Strauss flings it wide for a flying Habana who beats four defenders and dives over for the TRY! Steyn adds the CONVERSION!


PENALTY! Steyn scores the first points for the Boks in the second half after Spies won a turnover on the deck.


Coetzee does good work on attack, making consecutive tackles and forcing Italy to kick for touch.


Vermaak is blown up for offside and limps off; he's in quite some discomfort.


Habana knocks on a high bomb and Italy are back inside the Boks 22. It's been all Italy in the second half and they are awarded a penalty, Coetzee not rolling away. Di Bernardo slots the PENALTY!


Italy hit the ball up in close before sending it wide and gaining ground. They string together 10 phases before Botha, working hard, holds up the ball in the maul to win a timely turnover as Basson returns from the bin.


Italy bring on an all-new front row including Castrogiovanni and steamroll the Bok scrum.


TRY! Italy remain relentless on attack and their persistence pays off as Parisse fires a ball between his legs for Sgarbi who dots down despite Vermaak's efforts. Di Bernardo adds the CONVERSION!


Di Bernardo chips crossfield for Zanni but Le Roux commits in the air and takes the mark a metre from his try-line.


Italy go for the line-out but Botha rips possession away and Steyn clears.


Italy attack with a renewed sense of urgency. They take the ball through 11 phases and Basson is YELLOW-CARDED for a high tackle.


Di Bernardo starts the second half and kicks to Steyn who finds touch.


Vermaak is happy to kick the ball into touch so that's HALF-TIME, the Boks in control at 20-0.


Du Plessis is blown up at scrum time and Italy opt for the line-out. They secure it at the front but Gori spills the ball forward.


Le Roux's kick is overcooked, so Italy will attack from a scrum roughly 40m out. The chance goes begging as Gori's pass is forward - a basic, unforced error by the Italy No.9.


Vermaak is caught at the base of the ruck once again and Italy win a pressure-relieving penalty.


Parisse concedes a penalty after catching Vermaak across the throat. Steyn takes a quick tap but the Boks can't convert as poor accuracy results in a turnover.


The Boks win the territorial battle; they'll feed the line-out inside Italy's half. Nothing comes off it though as they are forced into touch on the other side of the field.


Parisse sparks an opportunity as he takes a quick tap, chips and regains the ball. He offloads to Gori but he knocks on. The Boks kick down field and Italy counter and Botha is penalised for a high tackle. Di Bernardo, however, misses the kick at goal.


A desperate Parisse chases a chip forward and knocks over Steyn without the ball. The Italians look shell-shocked.


Habana counter-attacks from an aimless kick and slices clean through, pulls the last man and puts Engelbrecht in for the TRY, Steyn adding the CONVERSION!


The Boks open up space up wide. Le Roux flings the pass but it goes in behind Basson and into touch.


The Boks dominate the scrum - it's not often you see an Italy scrum shoved backwards like that. They get a penalty as reward and set up the line-out.


The Boks outmuscle Italy, turning it into a maul and winning a scrum feed. The Azzurri just haven't been able to mount an offence.


The Boks opt for the line-out and Bortolami is YELLOW-CARDED for a repeated infringement. The Boks set up the line-out again and it's Strauss who flops over for the TRY from the driving maul. Steyn adds the CONVERSION!


A double tackle by Etzebeth and Botha sees the Boks come away with a turnover. The counter looks promising as the ball is moved clinically, forcing another penalty out of Italy.


Italy concede a free kick at the resulting scrum. The Boks opt for the scrum and Steyn finds Le Roux with an inside ball. Strauss shows good leg strength to surge forward before Italy are penalised on the deck. Steyn slots the PENALTY!


The Boks build some momentum through Habana and Mtawarira but a knock-on by Spies offers Italy some respite.


Habana is hit in the air whilst fielding a box kick so Steyn will boot the Boks into Italy territory.


PENALTY! Louw wins a penalty at the breakdown and Steyn draws first blood for the Boks.


Steyn gets us underway at Kings Park! Venditti can't hold on to the kick-off, Basson scoops up and looks to score early but the ball goes into touch.


The weather has cooled considerably after Samoa’s upset of Scotland in scorching heat but conditions are still conducive for running rugby. We are moments away from kick-off as the teams run out ahead of the singing of the national anthems.


It’s a vastly inexperienced Bok squad who have had just a week together to prepare. That will be the challenge for the hosts; to remain composed and hit the ground running. Italy are at the end of their season, coming off their Six Nations campaign. They’ll be motivated to emulate Samoa in the earlier game and secure their first ever victory over the Boks, but fatigue could be a factor for them.


For the Azzurri the spotlight will be on debutant Di Bernardo in the No.10 jersey. The Treviso pivot has been preferred to Orquera, who filled the position in the Six Nations where Italy finished ahead of France and Ireland, beating Les Bleus 23-18 and the Irish 22-15.


It’s a big day for a number of South African players. Botha, a late replacement for the injured Alberts, and Le Roux will make their Bok bows with two other uncapped players Nyakane and Serfontein set to make their Test debuts off the bench.


Welcome to our build-up to the second match of the historic double header day in Durban between the Springboks and Italy. It’s also the second game of the four-nation tournament to be played under the Super Rugby system. The winning team will earn four points while a four-try and losing (by seven or less) bonus point will also be up for grabs. The tournament concludes on June 22 at Loftus Versfeld with a final between the first and second-place teams, preceded by a third-place play-off.
South Africa
15 Willie le Roux
14 Cornal Hendricks
13 Jesse Kriel
12 Damian de Allende
11 Bryan Habana
10 Handre Pollard
9 Ruan Pienaar
8 Schalk Burger
7 Francois Louw
6 Heinrich Brussow
5 Lodewyk de Jager
4 Eben Etzebeth
3 Jannie du Plessis
2 Bismarck du Plessis
1 Tendai Mtawarira

23 Lionel Mapoe
22 Patrick Lambie
21 Cobus Reinach
20 Warren Whiteley
19 Flip van der Merwe
18 Vincent Koch
17 Trevor Nyakane
16 Adriaan Strauss
15 Luke McLean
14 Leonardo Sarto
13 Luca Morisi
12 Andrea Masi
11 Giovanbattista Venditti
10 Kelly Haimona
9 Edoardo Gori
8 Samuela Vunisa
7 Mauro Bergamasco
6 Francesco Minto
5 Joshua Furno
4 George Biagi
3 Martin Castrogiovanni
2 Leonardo Ghiraldini
1 Michele Rizzo

23 Enrico Bacchin
22 Luciano Orquera
21 Guglielmo Palazzani
20 Robert Barbieri
19 Quintin Geldenhuys
18 Dario Chistolini
17 Alberto De Marchi
16 Andrea Manici