Italy 47-22 Namibia, Hanazono Rugby Stadium
Namibia got the better of the start when Torsten van Jaarsveld capitalised on a loose ball and raced to Italy's half before a combination of Chad Plato and Darryl De la Harpe offloaded to Damian Stevens allowing the scrum-half to go over the line in the sixth minute and Cliven Loubser improved it to make it 0-7.
However, the scores were levelled shortly when Italy were awarded a penalty try by referee Nic Berry after Namibia collapsed in the scrum on their five-metre line.
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He will join Samoa's Brian Lima and former teammate Mauro Bergamasco
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Conor O'Shea's men gathered momentum and scored again in the 26th minute when Tommaso Allan crashed over the post for a converted try to make it 14-7 and it soon became 21-7 before the break when Tito Tebaldi crashed over following an offload from Federico Ruzza.
There was no looking back for the Azzurri as they scored two more tries after the restart. First, it was Edoardo Padovani, who made most of the grubber kick from Tommaso Benvenuti and Carlo Canna, who slotted the extras became their next try-scorer in the 47th minute taking the scoreline to 35-7.
Namibia showed some intent through a penalty from Cliven Loubser and JC Greyling in the 51st and 57th minutes respectively but Italy closed the game out with further tries from replacements Jake Polledri and Matteo Minozzi in the 70th and 76th minutes respectively taking the tally to 47-15 before Plato score a consolation try for Namibia in the end to only reduce their losing margin to 25 points.
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