Italy register their first win under Conor O'Shea after edging USA

Former Harlequins director of rugby Conor O'Shea claimed his first win as Italy head coach
Former Harlequins director of rugby Conor O'Shea claimed his first win as Italy head coach
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USA 20-24 Italy, San Jose

Italy under their newly appointed coach Conor O'Shea have managed to battle a hard-fought 24-20 victory over the United States of America in San Jose.

It was USA's Aj MacGinty, who opened the account with a penalty but was soon negated by his counterpart Carlo Canna as the scores were tied at 3-3.

However, Canna was sin-binned for an intentional knock-on and USA capitalised on it by scoring a penalty try to take the lead to 10-3.

With the Italian fly-half returning back, the Azzurris stepped up the gear with hooker Ornel Gega's try and another penalty from Canna took O'Shea's men to a slender one-point lead at the half-time.

Canna was all over USA in the second half as he kicked a drop goal and added the extras to Gega's second try to stretch the lead to eight points.

However, USA bounced back with a try from their replacement lock Tony Lamborn and a conversion from MacGinty which reduced the gap to just one-point. With both sides having all to play for, Canna scored the decisive final penalty goal which took Italy to a four-point victory over USA.

 
 

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