Australia falls in Italy, Ireland safe against Fiji

England got back on track. Dominated last week by Argentina at Twickenham, the XV della Rosa clearly took the best of a fragile Japanese side. It took Owen Farrell just five minutes to open the scoring from a penalty before the tries arrived. Just before the quarter hour, Freddie Steward found the mistake and was imitated by Marcus Smith just over ten minutes later. The Japanese then regained momentum and pushed the English defense to blame. Takuya Yamasawa passed two penalties in three minutes to the half hour, while Jonny May was booked for a serious foul in a maul. A numerical inferiority that did not stop the XV of the Rose, Guy Porter who went there from his test to bring his team to 18 points ahead on the counterattack. Back on the pitch, Seung-Sin Lee missed the mark with a penalty before Ellis Genge recorded England’s fourth try eight minutes after the second half. As soon as he recovered, Guy Porter went to record his second personal test. The “Brave Blossoms” saved the honor in the sign of the hour through Naoto Saito. At the start of the last ten minutes, Siosaia Fifita made a mistake on a trial action. In addition to the yellow card, Japan made a penalty try. Marcus Smith then took advantage of the gaps in the opposing defense to fail a second time with five minutes to go. The finale of the match saw the British push without adding a clear win (52-13) a week before hosting the All Blacks.

Monumental enterprise of Italy!

Italy has done a real feat. After 18 consecutive defeats against Australia, the Squadra Azzurra won this Saturday on the lawn of the Artemio-Franchi Stadium in Florence against the Wallabies. From the very first moments of the game, the Australian defense makes a mistake and Tommaso Allan manages to open the scoring from a penalty. However, Noah Lolesio equalized just four minutes later before seeing his opponent miss the goal with a quick pace. The yellow card received fifteen minutes into the game by Jake Gordon changed the course of the game. These ten minutes in numerical superiority allowed Italy to take flight on the scoreboard. After Pierre Bruno, it was Ange Capuozzo who found the loophole in the defense of the Wallabies to bring Italy ahead by fourteen points. Australia then shortened the gap thanks to a goal by Tom Wright not transformed by Noah Lolesio. Dave Rennie players are back with another second-act mood with Fraser McReight flattening the promising goal four minutes after the reboot. After a penalty from Tommaso Allan, Ange Capuozzo scored a brace to give new life to the Squadra Azzurra. However, Tom Robertson’s try just under a quarter of an hour before the end of the match put the Italians under pressure again. Six minutes from the siren, Edoardo Padovani brings Italy back six steps forward but, in the last action, Cadeyrn Neville goes to level, giving Ben Donaldson the match point. The transformation passes to the right of the posts, sealing the Italian victory by just one point (28-27).

Ireland dominates Fiji

A week after winning over South Africa, Ireland had less difficulty dominating Fiji. However, it was the “Flying Fidjans” who set the tone with Kalaveti Ravouvou flattening the first try after four minutes. An advantage lasted only ten minutes, time for Nick Timoney to equalize for Clover’s XV. The yellow card received by Manada Saulo opened breaches which the Irish third line was able to exploit in the next action. The Fijians then narrowed the gap with Teti Tela’s boot but Robert Baloucoune allowed Ireland to take the lead at half-time with an 11-point lead. The game for Pacific players changed forever six minutes after the restart, when Albert Tuisue faced Joe Carbery off the ball with his shoulder at head level. A gesture that the referee of the match logically sanctioned with a red card. Later, Api Ratuniyarawa left Fiji at thirteen for ten minutes after collapsing a club. A double numerical superiority which the Irish took little advantage of to worsen the score. Only one trial by Mack Hansen has come to sanction Fiji’s indiscipline. With the last quarter of an hour approaching, Simione Kuruvoli has approached the Pacific selection by going to the test but, six minutes from the siren, Cian Healy has marked the fate of the match by going flattened. Ireland thus signs their second victory in this group (35-17).

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