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  1. Australia open campaign with a win

    Australia open campaign with a win

    A strong second-half performace from Australia saw the Wallabies secure a 32-6 win over Italy in their opening World Cup match in Pool C. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:80'
    • Australia
    • Italy
    • - So Australia take the head of Pool C with Ireland v USA, the second match of the group, to come in just under an hours time.
    • FT The ball goes dead and the referee finally puts an end to the match with Australia comfortably securing the win after a strong second half performance
    • 80' The clock ticks over to 80 with Italy in possession of the ball ...
    • 79' Australia are finishing strong as Cooper looks to find O'Connor and the space ...
    • 77' Samo makes a break for Australia before booting upfield for Burgess to chase. Burgess nearly gets there but Masi just manages to collect before the Aussie scrumhalf gets there
    • 76' So close for Italy as they force their way over the line but they lose the ball at just the wrong moment and Scott Higginbotham dives on the loose ball for Australia
    • 76' Italy lose the ball but they will come back for the penalty and in a change of tactic, they chose to go for the scrum ...
    • 75' Italy are on the five metre line after a solid lineout. The Azzurri are playing advantage after Australia were caught pulling the maul down ...
    • 73' Ioane nearly breaks through once again but Masi just holds on to the Wallabies centre before Castrogiovanni is forced to limp off for Italy
    • 70' SERGIO PARISSE BREAKS FOR ITALY! The Italian skipper doesn't have the speed so he kicks the ball across the field. Semenzato does well to pick it up after protecting himself before finding Bergamasco on the outside. But Bergamasco is penalised for not releasing and Australia will escape
    • 61' CONVERSION AUSTRALIA! 32-6! O'Connor adds another two points to the tally but most important for Australia will be the fact that that fourth try has grabbed them the bonus point
    • 66' TRY AUSTRALIA! 30-6! The ball is flicked up by Samo from the back of the scrum for Burgess to collect. Burgess finds Ioane, who easily runs away towards the tryline, slipping a couple of tackles in the process before crossing over the line
    • 65' Italy make a break for through Parisse but Australia eventually turn the ball over and make it up into the Italian half before Bergamasco is penalised for a knock-on. Australia will opt for the scrum
    • 64' A shocking lineout from Italy ends up with the ball being comfortably overthrown and Burgess collecting out the back
    • 63' Will Genia has had a fairly quiet game by his standard and is brought off in favour of Luke Burgess now that this game is pretty much won for the Wallabies
    • 60' CONVERSION AUSTRALIA! 25-6! O'Connor is on target once again with his conversion, curling the ball inside the left post
    • 59' TRY AUSTRALIA! 23-6! O'Connor dives over the line with ease to score Australia's third try right from the re-start. The Wallabies are running away with this now and there is still 20 minutes remaining
    • 58' Beale finds Cooper from the base of the ruck before the Wallabies flyhalf goes back inside to O'Connor ...
    • 56' CONVERSION AUSTRALIA! 18-6! This time O'Connor is on target with his conversion attempt and Australia stretch their lead even further
    • 55' TRY AUSTRALIA! 16-6! Ashley-Cooper takes the ball on an angle and easily exposes a hole in the Italian defence before running unchallenged over the line for a second try
    • 55' Genia finds Cooper, who feeds Ashley-Cooper on the outside of him ...
    • 52' O'Connor pulls his attempt conversion across the face of goal and wide of the left upright so Australia will have to be content with just the five point lead
    • 51' TRY AUSTRALIA! 11-6! Alexander forces his way over the line after substitute O'Connor is brought down just short. Finally Australia have made their possession tell.
    • 50' Ioane breaks before offloading to Elsom, Genia, Beale, O'Connor, Genia, Cooper, Samo ... Australia are just five metres out from the line now ...
    • 48' Moore is penalised for playing the ball off his feet after a scrum and Italy have a chance to clear their 22
    • 47' Once again a Wallabies move breaks down after a scrappy handling error and Italy get a chance at the scrum ...
    • 43' Australia are building a good move together before Fainga'a, who is having a pretty poor match, spills the ball forwards to waste the chance
    • 42' Semenzato puts a neat kick through along the floor and it will be Australia's lineout just before the 22 ...
    • 41' Italy get the second half underway through Semenzato ... straight to Genia, who in turn boots the ball back upfield and out of play
    • HT That's it for the first half. Go grab yourselves a drink and prepare for a tense second half which this is shaping up to be!
    • 40' PENALTY ITALY! 6-6! Sure enough Bergamasco does level the scores for Italy with the last kick of the half.
    • 39' Cooper tries to make a break but he gets caught and goes down before being blown up for failing to release the ball. Bergamasco will have a chance to level the scores ...
    • 38' PENALTY ITALY! 6-3! Easy this time for Bergamasco as he drills the ball just inside the right post to half the deficit.
    • 37' After breaking from the penalty, Italy make it draw a penalty from Australia after the Wallabies fail to realease after the tackle and Bergamasco has a chance to get Italy off the mark just before halftime ...
    • 35' Genia picks up a lose ball and finds Cooper who breaks upfield. He makes a good 40m before trying to skip through a tackle. But unfortunately for Australia, Fainga'a isn't wise to the move and ends up being blown up for obstruction as he crashes into Sergio Parisse
    • 34' Castrogiovanni wins a penalty on the halfway line after forcing Kepu to bounce up in the scrum. Italy will go for position this time though and thump the ball upfield
    • 32' Pocock exposes a gaping hole in the Italy defence and makes about 15m before being brought down. The ball goes into touch off a Italian hand but they win the resulting lineout and push the Wallabies back to the halfway line
    • 30' PENALTY AUSTRALIA! 6-0! That was a pretty easy kick for Cooper, only 10m out and just to the left of the posts and sure enough he drills the ball right through the centre to help the Wallabies sneak further ahead
    • 29' Genia makes a break and Australia are only 10m out from the Italian line. Italy are pretty desperate in the desperate in their defence and fail to release after the tackle leaving Cooper a chance to double Australia's lead ...
    • 27' Australia are beginning to put the phases togather as Genia finds Elsom but they lose in at the breakdown before Canale does exactly the same when Italy try to put a move together. It'll be an Australia scrum on the Italy 10m line ...
    • 25' Italy win the lineout but they are still in trouble as they have only made it back to their 22, until Semenzato boots upfield. The ball goes out on the full though and Australia will have the lineout on the halfway line
    • 23' Elsom finds Alexander out the back of the ruck as the Wallabies push for the line from the Italian 22. Genia finds Pocock, finds Genia again, finds Beale. Beale puts in a kick through for Ashley-Cooper but the Australian fullback can't quite get there before being pushed into touch
    • 20' Elsom easily beats Benvenuti to break the Italian line before Lo Cicero finally brings down the former skipper. Elsom is again in action almost immediately after Australia lose the ball when he takes on Masi and causing the Italian fullback to spill the ball in the process
    • 19' PENALTY AUSTRALIA! 3-0! This time Cooper does slot the ball right between the posts and Australia have the lead
    • 18' Australia boot the ball upfield on the collection and immediately Cooper gets the chance to punish Italy for missing that penalty kick as the Azzurri are penalised at the break down ...
    • 17' Bergamasco has a decent shot at goal but fails on his distance, he's about 10m short of the posts but the kick was from just inside the half-way line so he won't find that too disappointing a miss
    • 15' Italy win the ball back. Ghiraldini to Masi before Vickerman costs his side five metres and a penalty. Mirco Bergamasco will have Italy's first kick at goal ...
    • 14' It's still pretty scrappy from both teams at the moment with neither side having settled into things. It has stopped raining by the ball and field is still pretty greasy
    • 11' Adam Ashley-Cooper drops the ball when he tries to collect a high ball and Stephen Moore ends up taking it in an offside position. Italy will kick upfield for position
    • 10' Cooper puts another kick upfield and gets a little lucky that his ball doesn't go out on the full. It just bounces before going out and it'll be a lineout
    • 7' Will Genia loses the ball and Italy collects. Andrea Masi puts a great kick through up the left wing before setting off in chase and it takes some desperate defence from Cooper to prevent an Italy try. Cooper just gets there in time and scoops up the ball before sliding over the dead ball line
    • 6' A poor pass from Cooper to Genia is scooped up by Beale, who finds Ioane on the wing before he is bundled into touch
    • 5' Cooper pulls his kick from right in front of the posts wide of the right upright to squander the chance. But good news for Italy, Gonzalo Garcia is up on his feet and will be able to play on
    • 4' Cooper has a penalty kick from about 40m out in the swirling winds and perhaps unsurprisingly in New Zealand, he is receiving quite a few boos as he prepares for the kick
    • 3' Italy collect their second attempt at the lineout before kicking upfield. Ashley-Cooper collects but Garcia goes down and he is not moving. He clashed with Dan Vickerman and seemed to catch a knee to the head in the tackle and he looks to be in some trouble. He was out by the time he hit the floor
    • 2' Cooper sends a great kick through along the floor and it dribbles out on the five metre line giving the Aussies an early chance to put some pressure on Italy
    • 1' The rain has got considerably worse in the time since the national anthems and it is now absolutely belting down as Cooper gets the clash underway for the Wallabies.
    • - The weather has been pretty shocking in and around Auckland today and although Albany has avoided the worst of it, there are a few drops of raining falling as the athems ring around the 30,000 capacity ground
    • - Today's referee will be Alain Rolland from Ireland. Rolland is an incredibly experienced referee, and this is his third World Cup. Guess what? We have loads more info if you click on the guide here!
    • - Australia hosted the World Cup back in 2003 and reached the final before losing that incredibly tight match to England. Still need to know more? Click here for our Australian team rundown
    • - Australia, meanwhile, shape up like this: 15-Kurtley Beale, 14-Adam Ashley-Cooper, 13-Anthony Fainga'a, 12-Pat McCabe, 11-Digby Ioane, 10-Quade Cooper, 9-Will Genia, 8-Radike Samo, 7-David Pocock, 6-Rocky Elsom, 5-James Horwill (captain), 4-Dan Vickerman, 3-Ben Alexander, 2-Stephen Moore, 1-Sekope Kepu. Replacements: 16-Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17-James Slipper, 18-Rob Simmons, 19-Ben McCalman, 20-Scott Higginbotham, 21-Luke Burgess, 22-James O'Connor
    • - How much to do know about Italy heading into this clash? Refresh your knowledge by visiting our team-by-team guide here
    • - Italy will line up like this today: 15-Andrea Masi, 14-Tomaso Benvenuti, 13-Gonzalo Canale, 12-Gonzalo Garcia, 11-Mirco Bergamasco, 10-Luciano Orquera, 9-Fabio Semenzato, 8-Sergio Parisse (captain), 7-Robert Barbieri, 6-Alessandro Zanni, 5-Cornelius van Zyl, 4-Carlo del Fava, 3-Martin Castrogiovanni, 2-Leonardo Ghiraldini, 1-Andrea Lo Cicero. Replacements: 16-Tommaso D'Apice, 17-Lorenzo Cittadini, 18-Marco Bortolami, 19-Paul Derbyshire, 20-Edoardo Gori, 21-Riccardo Bocchino, 22-Luke McLean.
    • - Don't know anything about North Harbour Stadium? No worries. Just read our handy venue guide by clicking here.
    • - Australia on the other hand are coming into the tournament on a high of winning the Tri-Nations, beating New Zealand in Brisbane in the final match to seal the trophy
    • - Italy have also lost all 13 matches the have played against Australia but this is the first time they have ever met in a World Cup fixture.
    • - Italy have lost all but one of their opening fixtures at World Cups, conceding an average of 65 points in those five defeats, the exception being a 30-9 win over the USA in 1991.
    • - Hello and welcome to Australia’s first game of the World Cup. They take on Italy at North Harbour Stadium in Albany
  • Summary

    Australia versus Italy
    Alexander 50’, Ashley-Cooper 55’, O'Connor 59’, Ioane 67’ Tries  
    O'Connor 56’, 59’, 68’ Conversions  
    Cooper 18’, 30’ Penalties Bergamasco 37’, 41’
      Drops  

Live Team Line-Up

  • Australia

    Manager: Robbie Deans

    On the Field

    • Kepu
    • Moore Substitution In (73′) Substitution Out (78′)
    • Alexander Try Substitution Out (67′)
    • Vickerman Substitution Out (71′)
    • Horwill
    • Elsom Substitution Out (70′)
    • Pocock Substitution Out (61′)
    • Samo
    • Genia Substitution Out (62′)
    • Cooper
    • Ioane Try
    • McCabe
    • Fainga'a Substitution Out (48′)
    • Ashley-Cooper Try
    • Beale

    Subs

    • Polota-Nau Substitution In (78′) Substitution Out (73′)
    • Burgess Substitution In (62′)
    • O'Connor Substitution In (48′) Try
    • Slipper Substitution In (67′)
    • McCalman Substitution In (61′)
    • Simmons Substitution In (71′)
    • Higginbotham Substitution In (70′)

    Injured

    None

    Suspended

    None

  • Italy

    Manager: Nick Mallett

    On the Field

    • Lo Cicero Substitution In (73′) Substitution Out (69′)
    • Ghiraldini
    • Castrogiovanni Substitution Out (73′)
    • Del Fava Substitution Out (61′)
    • van Zyl
    • Zanni
    • Barbieri Substitution Out (52′)
    • Parisse
    • Semenzato Substitution Out (70′)
    • Orquera Substitution Out (73′)
    • Bergamasco
    • Garcia Substitution Out (62′)
    • Canale
    • Benvenuti
    • Masi

    Subs

    • Bortolami Substitution In (61′)
    • Cittadini Substitution In (69′)
    • McLean Substitution In (62′)
    • Bocchino Substitution In (73′)
    • Derbyshire Substitution In (52′)
    • Gori Substitution In (70′)
    • d'Apice

    Injured

    None

    Suspended

    None

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