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Italy claim first win against wobbly Wallabies : PlanetRugby

Italy claimed their first victory over the Wallabies courtesy of a thrilling 28-27 triumph in Florence on Saturday.

Tries from Ange Capuozzo (2) and Pierre Bruno gave the Azzurri victory while Tommaso Allan finished with a haul of 10 points, after hitting a couple of penalties and as many conversions, and Edoardo Padovani also scored a three-pointer from the penalty. tee.

For Australia, Tom Wright, Fraser McReight, Tom Robertson and Cadeyrn Neville all scored tries, while Noah Lolesio added two conversions and a penalty.

The Wallabies had a chance for a last-gasp win when Ben Donaldson lined up a shot on goal to convert Neville’s try in the final act of the match, but his shot went just wide.

The hosts were the first team on the scoreboard with an Allan penalty in the second minute before Lolesio leveled the score with a penalty of his own just three minutes later.

The Italians built solid momentum through their structured phase play and could have built a three-point lead, but Allan missed a penalty attempt.

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A yellow card for Wallabies scrum-half Jake Gordon in the 16th minute for cynically obstructing an Italian player in a kick chase opened the door for a well-crafted try from the hosts as Bruno crashed into the corner. three minutes later for a shot. converted attempt.

The Azzurri made the most of their ascendancy when Capuozzo went wide in the 26th minute for another converted attempt and the hosts built a solid lead.

The Wallabies had the last word in the first half when Wright scored in the corner with an acrobatic shot. Lolesio failed the conversion from the band.

Australia drew first blood in the second period when McReight scored a converted try in the 44th minute as the visitors started a comeback.

Allan then added a penalty in the 53rd minute before Italy picked up the pace when Capuozzo scored his second try 12 minutes later, which he failed to convert.

The Wallabies responded immediately through Robinson, who scored in the 68th minute, with Lolesio adding the extras.

A crucial penalty from Padovani in the 76th minute put Italy up 28-22 before the Wallabies secured a tense finish when Neville scored with the clock on red.

The pressure was on debutant Donaldson to convert the game-winning attempt, but a miss meant Italy would make history with their first win against Australia.

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