LIVE MATCH COVERAGE

Internationals

Thumb_italy-ed Italy

14

Thumb_argentina-ed Argentina

19
Kick-off local time : Sat, 23 November 2013 - 15h00
Kick-off : Sat, 23 November 2013 - 16h00
Venue : Rome
Referee : Chris Pollock (New Zealand)
Match status : Result
  Italy Argentina
Tries Michele Campagnaro (62min) Juan Imhoff (22min)
Penalties Tommaso Allan (5min), Tommaso Allan (19min), and Tommaso Allan (25min) Nicolas Sánchez (34min), Nicolas Sánchez (55min), and Nicolas Sánchez (67min)
Conversions Nicolas Sánchez (23min)
Penalty tries
Yellow cards Marcos Ayerza (61min)
Red cards
DGs Nicolas Sánchez (74min)
Commentary
Minute Commentary

80

From the line-out Italy give away a penalty for offside and Nicolás Sánchez boots the ball into touch to the delight of his teammates and that is FULL TIME! This was a very tight battle but Argentina took the chances they had to kick their points and get the edge over their hosts at the set piece to secure a valuable win and only their second of the year. Italy will rue their mistakes as well as five missed kicks at goal from Tommaso Allen as a great chance to defeat Argentina for the first time since 2008 has slipped past them. Stay with us for lots more LIVE action as Scotland host Australia at Murrayfield later on before France take on South Africa in Paris tonight and then the All Blacks look to finish 2013 unbeaten tomorrow when they face Ireland in Dublin.

79

Italy return to the 22m area with another surge of attack but Tommaso Iannone is penalised for holding on and that could be the ball game as Argentina get a chance to kick the ball out and clear their lines again. Gonzalo Canale is carried off on a stretcher with a nasty looking knee injury

78

The home side get another chance from another line-out and roll their the maul towards the line before the backs get a chance to attack. Gonzalo Canale tries to run onto a switch pass but drops it and Argentina hack it clear.

76

Italy want to hit back and they win a penalty. They kick for touch. From the resultant line-out, however, they give the ball away as the referee gives Argentina a scrum for accidental obstruction

74

DROP GOAL - Argentina build into though the phases until they are in front of the poles. Nicolás Sánchez drops back into the pocket and knocks over a crucial drop goal to extend the lead

73

Big pressure on Italy now as a dropped ball from the hosts is hacked through. Luciano Orquera is there is clean up but fumbles the slippery ball and has to force the ball over his own goal line. 5m scrum to Argentina

71

Marcos Ayerza is back from the sin bin to help Argentina hold onto their lead in the final 10 minutes as the rain continues to pelt down

70

Italy look to strike back but give away a penalty for taking the lifter out in the air a line-out inside the Argentina half and the visitors can clear

67

Now Matias Aguero is penalised for collapsing the scrum and Nicolás Sánchez will have another shot at goal from just under 50m

67

PENALTY - This time he converts the chance. Superb kick from the flyhalf in these tricky conditions

65

Martin Castrogiovanni is penalised for a high tackle, and Nicolás Sánchez has a shot from the halfway line but it falls short and Italy breathes again

63

Tommaso Allen misses the sideline conversion

62

TRY - Italy set up another maul before spreading the ball to Tomasso Allen who puts in a cross kick for his outside backs to chase. The ball bounces backwards off Luke McLean inside the in-goal area and falls to Michele Campagnaro who manages to get a hand to it to score his first Test try.

61

Tommaso Allen kicks the ball into the corner from the penalty and Italy set up a driving maul before sending it down the backline where Allen has a run. No advantage for Marcos Ayerza entering the maul from the side. So Italy kick to the corner again. Marcos Ayerza joins the rolling maul from the side yet again, and earns a YELLOW CARD for his efforts

59

The players are having trouble with the scrum engagement, so referee Chris Pollock moves them across a few meters but it collapses again and Italy are awarded the penalty for their dominance before it fell down

57

Italy kick through into the Pumas 22m area and have forced a penalty for holding on. Captain Sergio Parisse takes the tap quickly and the away team gets a hand in to knock on, just over 5m out from the line. But referee Chris Pollock gets a foul play report from the touchline against Juan Manuel Leguizamón. The TMO has a look but can't find anything at all. So we go back for the scrum

55

PENALTY - Nicolás Sánchez extends the lead with a good kick and keeps his 100% kicking record intact today

54

Penalty for Argentina against Martin Castrogiovanni for slowing the ball down and not rolling away after a tackle. Nicolás Sánchez will have a shot at goal from the left hand side, 25m out

52

The rain continues to stream down in Rome as Giovambattista Venditti makes a half break and then kicks ahead and finds touch just outside the Italian 22m area

49

Tommaso Allen misses the relatively easy penalty attempt and lets the Pumas off the hook. His fourth miss of the game

48

Italy build the phases in the 22m before a dangerous looking tackle stops them. Referee Chris Pollock asks the TMO for his take on it. Benjamín Macome is penalised for a dump tackle on Edoardo Gori, but gets the benefit of the doubt and avoids a yellow card as the Italian scrumhalf jumped just before contact.

47

Italy's struggles in the line-out continue as Leonardo Ghiraldini's throw in is not straight. Argentina boot it down field from the scrum and Luke McLean runs it back strongly before some aerial tennis takes place in the rain. Argentina enter a ruck from the side and the hosts can kick for the corner

43

Giovambattista Venditti makes a great rush tackle and turnover on Joaquín Tuculet to relieve some pressure on the home side. Italy clear

42

Luke McLean takes a mark in his 22m area, but referee Chris Pollock awards Argentina a scrum for one of McLean's teammates not being 10m

41

Nicolás Sánchez gets us underway for the second half!

40

This time Argentina are penalised at scrumtime for walking around on the hit. Tommaso Allen lines up a kick at goal from the halfway line but his kick doesn't have the distance and that's HALF TIME! The Azzuri started off the stronger, building a 6-0 lead but the Pumas came back strongly and take the lead into the break as they enforced themselves on the game. Join us in 10 minutes for the second half!

39

Julio Farías Cabello finds himself in front of the kicker and Italy take the option of the scrum. Martin Ayerza gets one over Martin Castrogiovanni at the scrum as the Italian veteran is penalised. The visitors are winning the forward battle so far

38

Tommaso Allen lines up the kick from 35m out and it's on target but just drops under the crossbar

37

Marcos Ayerza doesn't roll away after making a tackle and referee Chris Pollock gives Argentina an official warning now for the repeated infringements

36

A lot of tactical kicking continues to take place as both sides look to win the territory battle in the tricky conditions

34

PENALTY - Nicolás Sánchez puts his team back out to a one point lead as he converts from 30m

33

Tommaso Allen puts a clever chip in behind the defence but the visitors return with interest and earn a penalty for Edoardo Gori leaving his feet at the breakdown

31

Italy win a penalty now for obstruction from Argentina at a rolling maul. Tommaso Allen will kick for touch. But the home side lose their lineout

29

Argentina win a penalty for Leonardo Ghiraldini being in front of the kicker. The visitors are forcing the pressure now as they look to strike back

27

Martin Castrogiovanni wins yet another breakdown turnover but the quick ball sent down the Italian back line leads to a knock on

25

PENALTY - Tommaso Allen puts his side back into the lead

24

Italy look to strike back immediately and win a penalty in the Argentine 22m area for hands in the ruck. Referee Chris Pollock has a word with Juan Manuel Leguizamón about his side's discipline

23

CONVERSION - Sanchez adds the extras with an excellent sideline conversion

22

TRY - The visitors take advantage from the scrum. Nicolás Sánchez breaks through a big gap in the home side's defence superbly before feeding the flying Juan Imhoff who goes over to score in the corner

21

The Italians try to run the ball out of their 22 from the kickoff but a Gonzalo Canale knock on halts their charge

19

PENALTY - The home side force another penalty and Tommaso Allen knocks it over from the left hand touchline. Great kick from the youngster

18

Huge defence from Nicolás Sánchez as the Argentina flyhalf smashes the Italian captain Sergio Parisse back an uncompromising tackle

17

The rain is intensifying as Luke McLean kicks the ball out on the full outside his 22 to put his team under pressure. Luckily for him, Argentina are penalised just after the lineout and Italy can clear

15

Tommaso Allen misses his shot at goal from just over 40m out. The ball drifts to the left of the poles

14

The Pumas completely dominate the scrum and get the ball back as their attack from their own half. But Martin Castrogiovanni forces to Manuel Carizza to hold onto the ball on the ground and Italy win the penalty

12

There is a lot of kicking taking place at the moment as Nicolás Sánchez unleashes a big punt into opposition territory but Luke McLean responds making good ground. It's not straight from the Argentina line-out

9

Argentina build the phases with some good possession in the 22m but Martin Castrogiovanni wins an excellent turnover at the breakdown to relieve some pressure

7

The rain starts in Rome and Argentina look to gain territory with their kicking game as they kick into the corner. Italy kick the ball out on the full from just outside their 22m and it's a great opportunity for the visitors

5

PENALTY - Tommaso Allen converts the penalty to settle the nerves

4

The scrum collapses and referee Chris Pollock penalises the visitors. Tommaso Allen will have a kick at goal from 30m out

3

Great break from Juan Imhoff splits the Italy defence open, but he kicks it away when he encounters the cover defence. Both sides are looking to combine their kicking game with some expansive running

1

The early exchanges lead to an Italy knock on and a first chance to see the scrum battle. It's a solid scrum from the visitors as they secure possession

0

The formalities are a thing of the past and it's time get get underway! Tommaso Allen will kick-off!

-5

The teams are on ready and it's time for the national anthems!

-6

The weather in Rome is gloomy today, but no rain is falling at the moment

-8

Both teams are making their final preparations before heading out onto the field

-10

The forward battle will to an intriguing one to watch today, with both teams looking to enforce their physical packs to win dominance upfront. The scrums in particular will be a fascinating tussle with 100 cap veteran Martin Castrogiovanni keen to stamp his authority

-15

The overall head-to-head picture favours the visitors in this fixture - in 18 Tests between the two sides Argentina have won 12, Italy 5 with one draw

-18

Italy's last win over Argentina was back in 2008, when they won 13-12 in Cordoba

-20

The last time these two nations met was in San Juan last year. Argentina won 37-22 on the day.

-23

Meanwhile, hosts Italy will be looking to build on their 37-31 victory over Fiji last week, and have given former Scotland Under-20 player Tommaso Allan his first Test start

-27

Visitors Argentina will be eager to to end their year on a high here today. A year which has seen them win just one of their eleven Internationals, against Georgia in June. They come into this game off the back of a 6-40 defeat to Wales last weekend.

-30

Welcome to the Stadio Olimpico, in Rome, for this Test match between Italy and Argentina!
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
Argentina
Players
15 Joaquin Tuculet
14 Juan Imhoff
13 Horacio Agulla
12 Juan Martin Hernandez
11 Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino
10 Nicolas Sánchez
9 Martín Landajo
8 Leonardo Senatore
7 Benjamin Macome
6 Rodrigo Baez
5 Tomas Lavaninni
4 Mariano Galarza
3 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro
2 Agustin Creevy
1 Marcos Ayerza

Substitutes
23 Jerónimo de la Fuente
22 Marcelo Bosch
21 Tomas Cubelli
20 Javier Desio
19 Matías Alemanno
18 Ramiro Herrera
17 Bruno Postiglioni
16 Matías Cortese