RWC 2011 Wallabies v. Italy – As It Happens

RWC 2011 Wallabies v. Italy – As It Happens

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Match Details

Ground: Eden Park, Auckland.

Match Officials

  • Referee: Alain Rolland (IRE)
  • Touch Judge: Jonathan Kaplan (RSA)
  • Touch Judge: Chris Pollock (NZL)
  • TV match official: Giulio De Santis (ITA)

Head to Head

# Australia Italy
1 Sekope Kefu Andrea Lo Cicero
2 Stephen Moore Leonardo Ghiraldini
3 Ben Alexander Martin Castrogiovanni
4 Dan Vickerman Carlo Antonio Del Fava
5 James Horwill Cornelius Van Zyl
6 Rocky Elsom Alessandro Zanni
7 David Pocock Robert Barbieri
8 Radike Samo Sergio Parisse
9 Will Genia Fabio Semenzato
10 Quade Cooper Luciano Orquera
11 Digby Ioane Mirco Bergamasco
12 Pat McCabe Gonzalo Garcia
13 Anthony Faingaa Gonzalo Canale
14 Adam Ashley-Cooper Tommaso Benvenuti
15 Kurtley Beale Andrea Masi
16 Tatafu Polota-Nau Tommaso D’Apice
17 James Slipper Lorenzo Cittadini
18 Rob Simmons Marco Bortolami
19 Ben McCalman Paul Derbyshire
20 Scott Higginbotham Edoardo Gori
21 Luke Burgess Riccardo Bocchino
22 James O’Connor Luke McLean

Our quick match report will be updated below as it happens, please refresh to see the latest news.

Pre Match

16 degrees with wind 25 km/h gusts up to 40 km/h in Auckland. It’s fine at the moment but Still overcast. There is a chance of showers during the game. The Italians have arrived looking ready to play. no signs of a smile on any of them. The Australians Are out warming up looking as professional as ever. Both teams on the field ready for the anthem. The kick off is about to happen and the skies have opened up again.

First Half

First 5 minutes

Australia kicks off. wind blowing across the field. the Australian turn over the Italian maul and are hard on attack in the Italian quarter. Italians win the defensive line out and clear the ball. Australia trying to move the ball immediately. Vickermans first run results in the Italian 12 receiving treatment on the ground. Garcia is up and is back in position if a little shakey. Cooper shoots for goal for the offside penalty. He misses. Australia still moving the ball as the sun comes out.

5 to 10 minutes

So far the Italian defence is up for everything the Australians have thrown at them. The Italians have the ball over the line first from a pretty kick through but Cooper cleans up beautifully. And now the first scrum to Australia from an Italian knock on. And a good start popping the Italian hooker and moving slightly forward. Both sides are attacking now in a very entertaining match.

10 to 15 minutes

The Italians have a line-out on the Oz 22. the elect to maul of the back of the line. But they allow Pocock in and he wins a penalty for not releasing. Italy win a penalty for the same and are back on attack at the 22 but they are also penalised for obstruction from their lineout. Lots of penalties at the ruck.

15 to 20 minutes

Italy have a shot 40 metres out but it falls short. Cooper is taken out after the kick and the Aussies have a shot 40 out from the Italian line. He slots it Australia 3-0. Good run from Elsom but he takes the tackle rather than pass to Ioane and Beale.

20 to 25 minutes

ElSom still injured but 7 man Aussie scrum good enough to hold the Italians. McCabe making the add line as usual. AAc on the fly inches away from scoring on the Kick through from Cooper. Kepu give a penalty from the lineout relieving the pressure on the Italians. The Italians kick out on the full after some nice forward play. Australian line-out on half way.

25 to 30 minutes

Italy does well to turn over the ball but knock on after a back-line move. Elsoms eye is bothering him and he may not make it to half time. Another strong scrum win and great attacking play sees the Australians hard on attack with a penalty in hand. Rolland has had enough last warning to Italy for offside and a penalty in front. Cooper slots it 6-0

30 to 35 minutes

The wind and rain have disappeared the Australians steal the line-out and Pocock breaks clear from the pack on a good run. Italian steal one of ours and put up the bomb and AAC drops his third for the day. Kepu loses the hit on the Italian scrum and the put the power on for the first time today. Well the Australians turn over the ball and break out of their 22 cooper bamboozles everyone and Faingaa takes out a defender for a Shepperd.

35 to 40 minutes

Australia collapses a scrum and Italy line up a shot at goal to trail 6-3 coming into half time. Italy turn over a ruck ball and hack the all down town. Cooper cleans up but AAC flops over the top and Italy shoot for goal in front 6-6 mat half time.

Australia have played the most rugby this half but the Italians have taken their chances to draw the match. Their scrum is looking better but can they keep it up for another 40.

Second Half

40 to 45 minutes

No changes at half time. First line-out 5 metres in Oz half. Italy wins a bash the Oz line to no effect they kick through for an Australian lineout. Australia try to attack but don’t look at their best.Enterprising play from our backs but no joy. Italian line-out on their 22.

45 to 50 minutes

The Italian try a scrum but we are up to the task and win the second shove. I’m in old prop heaven here. Ant Faingaa off for James O’Connor. Italy are right in this contest . Iaone breaks through and Beale and Samo hve a 3 man support play fest to run into the Italian 22 The support play arrives and Alexander eventually drives over for the first try. O’Connor lines up the conversion but sprays it to the right.

50 to 55 minutes

11-6 Australia. Australia running again and the forwards are picking up their game. Australian Line-out 35 out. Patient build up unyil a wild pass is pushed into touch by the Italians. From the lineout Cooper draws the man to put AAC through the gap for a try. 16-6 with the kick to come. Converted. 18-6

55 to 60 minutes

When i get excited i forget to type. The Australians support play has arrived. O’Connor  gets an inside pass from Cooper to go over. And he converts. 25-6

60 to 65 minutes

McCalman on for Pocock and Simmons on for Vickerman. Burgess on for Genia and Polota-Nau on for Moore. For Italy Luke McClean is on for sorry missed it. Burgess skews his first scrum feed. The Italians ask for a scrum and get a penalty which they kick. you wonder why they didn;t kick the first one. scrappy play from all for a few minutes. moving up and down the field with nothing really happening

65 to 70 minutes

Slipper on for Alexander. Slipper holds his own in the scrum. Samo dishes to Burgess, who gives it to Cooper running straight at the scrum but he in turn hits Ioane who runs through he Italian back line to score beside the posts. It’s converted for a 32-6 score line. Parisee breaks through after the kick off but the Aussies scramble in defence. Until the Italian winger gives a penalty for not releasing the ball. Higginbotham on for Elsom.

70 to 75 minutes

A hand in a ruck gets Australia an attacking line-out 5 out from the line. But the Italians steal it and box kick up field. Knock on Australian scrum. Again the Scrum looks good. Ioane looks good on the crash ball but the movement breaks down at the next ruck. Castrogeovani replaced. and TPN cut so Moore back on. The Italians are still trying everything they can. 5 metre line-out. They drive the line-out but we pull down the mall. and are penalised. The call for the 5 metre scrum.

75 to 80 minutes

The Beautiful Italian scrum drives through us and gets to the line  before the ball pops out and Higginbotham flops on it and the Australians hack the ball down field. Samo left foot kick! TPN back on. Old man Samo still full of running in 78th minute. And that’s the game. Australia win 32-6.


Tries:Ben Alexander, Adam Ashley Cooper, James O’Connor, Digby Ioane
Conversions:James O’Connor 3/4

Penalties:Quade Cooper 2/3, James O’Connor 2/3

Drop Goals:

Penalties:Marco Bergamasco2/3
Drop Goals:



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