Italy scored 31 unanswered second-half factors to take short-term cost of Pool A with a World Cup victory over Uruguay in Good on Wednesday.
Visions of Uruguay repeating their shock victory over Fiji 4 years in the past in Japan had been vivid because the South People completed the primary 40 minutes 17-7 up as Italy had two gamers despatched to the sin bin.
However the Italians made probably the most of a yellow carding for Uruguay skipper Andres Vilaseca early within the second-half with two transformed tries that turned the tide on the Stade de Good, successful 38-17.
“This can be a actual group, we’re a household and that’s with all 33 gamers which might be right here,” stated Italy captain Michele Lamaro. “I’m actually pleased with the boys tonight.
“It was a very robust recreation, however I instructed all of the Uruguayan lads to be so pleased with their efficiency.”
Having seen off Namibia 52-8 of their opening match, Italy bagged one other try-scoring bonus level to set themselves up completely forward of two huge matches towards pool favourites New Zealand and France, each in Lyon, on September 29 and October 6 respectively.
Uruguay had pushed a second-string France aspect shut of their opener earlier than happening 27-12 and can goal their match towards Namibia on September 27 as their must-win recreation from the pool section.
Felipe Etcheverry missed an early penalty for Uruguay, however Italy spurned an opportunity of their very own given early dominance within the scrum and from a re-set, Lorenzo Pani scored on an inside crashball. Tommaso Allan kicked the extras.
Uruguay put the rolling maul that labored so successfully towards France into motion, however the ball spilled simply because the forwards neared the Italian tryline.
Etcheverry pulled a second penalty extensive of the posts, however then loved Uruguay’s closest likelihood for a strive as he intercepted a cross and sprinted away in direction of the road.
Allan simply made it again with a try-saving deal with, however Los Teros lastly acquired on the scoreboard after Australian referee Angus Gardner awarded a penalty strive both aspect of yellow playing cards for Italy prop Danilo Fischetti and lock Niccolo Cannone for dragging down Uruguay’s maul.
With Italy right down to 13, Uruguay additional capitalised after Allan was pinged for a excessive deal with, going by way of a number of phases on the Italian line earlier than the ball was labored to the brief aspect and Nicolas Freitas slid in for a well-taken strive.
Etcheverry transformed from the touchline after which hit an opportunistic drop-goal from midway to make it 17-7 at half-time and with all of it to do for a ragged-looking Italy.
The turning level got here when Vilaseca was sin-binned in the beginning of the second interval for a head-high deal with and Italy pounced with two transformed tries.
First Giacomo Nicotera had a strive denied by the tv match official earlier than the ball was recycled and Lamaro crossed for Italy’s second strive, transformed by Allan.
Italy retook the lead within the 52nd minute after Australian-born winger Monty Ioane bundled his manner over below the posts, Allan kicking the extras to make it 21-17.
It immediately regarded like Uruguay’s staunch first-half defence had taken its toll bodily, as Italy dominated possession and executed successfully.
Subsequent over the whitewash was Lorenzo Cannone for his staff’s fourth attempt to assure an attacking bonus level, carefully adopted by Juan Ignacio Brex.
Paolo Garbisi booted a easy penalty as Uruguay ran out of steam.
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