LIVE MATCH COVERAGE

Internationals

Thumb_samoa-ed Samoa

39

Thumb_italy-ed Italy

10
Kick-off local time : Sat, 15 June 2013 - 14h15
Kick-off : Sat, 15 June 2013 - 14h15
Venue : Nelspruit
Referee : Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Match status : Result
  Samoa Italy
Tries Paul Williams (22min), Alapati Leiua (42min), Johnny Leota (54min), Taiasina Tuifua (64min), and Brandon Va'aulu (74min)
Penalties Paul Williams (31min) and Paul Williams (51min) Luciano Orquera (29min)
Conversions Paul Williams (22min), Paul Williams (54min), and Paul Williams (64min) Alberto De Marchi (71min)
Penalty tries
Yellow cards Alapati Leiua (70min)
Red cards
DGs
Commentary
Minute Commentary

80

Italy have one last crack at the Samoans and a grubber from Masi for the corner goes out and that is FULL-TIME. Well deserved victory for Samoa. Great display from them to take a 39-10 win. It is the Boks up against Scotland in the next game. Join us for more live updates.

78

Italy scrum just on the Samoan side of halfway. Samoa turn it over and try to shift it wide. They shift it through a number of hands but Paul Williams knocks it on. Scrum to the Italians in the middle of the field.

74

Another TRY for Samoa. With a player in the bin doesn't stop the Samoans as they cut the line and then good support play from Va'aulu who runs it in to score the try close to the posts. Ki Anufe kicks the CONVERSION. 39-10 to Samoa.

71

PENALTY TRY to the Italians. Samoa under so much pressure at the scrum and they deserved that try. The CONVERSION is good from Di Bernardo. 32-10 to the Samoa

70

Samoa are defending with their lives here but they get overeager at the breakdown and Leiua gets a YELLOW-CARD for a professional foul. Italy take the scrum five metres from the Samoan line.

67

Italy take the ball into contact but they cannot keep it as they are held up and Samoa have the scrum just inside their own 22.

64

Samoa are keeping the ball really well and making the Italians make tackle after tackle. They have the ball on the Italian 10-metre line. They snipe down the shortside and a few passes see it get to Avei who is tackled by Parrise into touch after he threw a great pass inside and Taiasina Tuifua goes over for the TRY. Williams' CONVERSION from the touchline is good and Samoa lead 32-3.

60

Italy really battling to build any sort of momentum. The Samoans are tackling them backwards. Line-out to Samoans just outside the Italy 22.

57

Italy are finally in the Samoan half and have a chance but their line-out is stolen by the Samoans and they kick deep.

54

Samoa pounce on broken play and Pisi picks it up and then the ball gets to Johnny Leota who runs it in from about 55 metres out for the TRY. Williams kicks the CONVERSION and Samoa lead 25-3

51

Penalty to the Samoans as Castrogiovanni is blown up for playing the ball on the ground. Williams lines up the kick from 48 metres out. His PENALTY kick is over and Samoa lead 18-3

48

The Italians push hard for the line but they are pinged for holding on to the ball at the breakdown. Samoa can clear their line.

46

Parisse showing all the tricks but he can't get his side going forward. They have the ball just inside their own half. He puts in a little chip but Leiua makes the mark.

42

Try for Samoa. Pisi with a beautifully weighted grubber to the corner and Leiua chases hard and picks it up, cuts inside and scores the try. Paul Williams pulls the conversion wide and Samoa lead 15-3.

41

Samoa get the second-half underway.

40

HALF-TIME and Samoa have the lead 10-3. Italy pushed at the death but Samoa got out of jail after a great steal from Jack Lam.

38

Big push here from the Samoans for points before the break. Samoa go through 12 phases and they win the penalty. Williams will have a kick at the posts from about 14 metres in from the right-hand touchline. He misses and it's a 22-metre restart.

34

A penalty to the Italians as Johnstone doesn't support his body weight at the right. Garcia will line the shot up from 52 metres out. The kick is short and it is a 22-metre restart.

31

Italy go offside at the ruck. Alberto De Marchi is the guilty party and Samoa have the PENALTY. Paul Williams lines the shot up from 43 metres out and he nails it. 10-3 to Samoa.

29

PENALTY to Italy. They are on the board through the boot of Orquera. 7-3 to Samoa.

26

Samoa pinged for slowing it down. Orquera kicks it out just short of the Samoan 10-metre line.

22

A great burst from Tusi Pisi and he finds Leiua who pops it up to Paul Williams who jogs it in for the first TRY. Williams kicks the CONVERSION as well. 7-0 to Samoa.

20

A promising burst from Italy but they lose the ball and then go offsides at the ruck. Samoa can clear from their 22. Line-out just past halfway.

18

Orquera has a shot at posts for the first opportunity at goal and he pulls it wide. 22-metre restart for Samoa.

15

A turnover is won by Sua but he goes blind and throws a forward pass to Avei. Scrum to Italy just past the Samoan 10-metre line.

12

Another scrum penalty to the Italians and Orquera kicks it out just short of the Samoan 22.

10

Samoa make metres and find a couple of gaps as Jack Lam burst through but he doesn't have any support. Scrum to Italy for a forward pass from Samoa.

8

Italy are backing their scrum as they win a free-kick inside their own half and take a scrum. They win a penalty from the scrum. Line-out on the Samoan 10-metre line.

5

A good bit of play from Samoa and Tusi Pisi puts a good grubber through that rolls into touch just inside the Italian 22. They steal the Italian line-out but the Italians win the penalty as the Samoans are pinged for holding on.

3

Samoa clear and the Italians try to counter but are taken into touch and the Samoans have the line-out just short of their own 10-metre line.

1

We are underway in Nelspruit. The italians get the game going.

-5

Teams are out and ready for the anthems. Italy in white for today's fixture.

-15

Italian win seems to be the go-to for this fixture. Flair and brute force up against tactics.

-20

The scrum will be a massive focus today and whichever side can gain the ascendency at the scrum will have a much happier time today.

-35

Just over half an hour to go until the Mbombela Stadium receives its first bit of Test rugby. Samoa take on the Italians in what should be a hotly contested affair.
Samoa
Players
15 James Sooialo
14 Alapati Leiua
13 Paul Williams
12 Johnny Leota
11 Alesana Tuilagi
10 Tusi Pisi
9 Jeremy Sua
8 Taiasina Tuifua
7 Jack Lam
6 Ofisa Treviranus
5 Daniel Leo
4 Teofilo Paulo
3 Logovi'i Mulipola
2 Ole Avei
1 Sakaria Taulafo

Substitutes
23 Alafoti Faosiliva
22 Seilala Mapusua
21 Brandon Va'aulu
20 Junior Poluleuligaga
19 Kane Thompson
18 Census Johnston
17 James Johnston
16 Ti'i Paulo
Italy
Players
15 Luke McLean
14 Angelo Esposito
13 Michele Campagnaro
12 Gonzalo Garcia
11 Leonardo Sarto
10 Luciano Orquera
9 Tito Tebaldi
8 Sergio Parisse
7 Robert Barbieri
6 Joshua Furno
5 Marco Bortolami
4 Quintin Geldenhuys
3 Lorenzo Cittadini
2 Leonardo Ghiraldini
1 Matias Aguero

Substitutes
23 Andrea Masi
22 Tommaso Allan
21 Edoardo Gori
20 Paul Derbyshire
19 George Biagi
18 Alberto De Marchi
17 Michele Rizzo
16 Davide Giazzon