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Summary

  1. Pool D result: Italy 23-18 Canada
  2. Van der Merwe, Evans tries for Canada, Hirayama 2 pens, 1 con
  3. Rizzo, Garcia tries for Italy, Allan 2 pens, 2 cons

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South Africa v Samoa

Right, little time to digest that statistical oddity.

Time to hop across to see how South Africa and Samoa get their groove on at Villa Park.

More bruises than a bottom-of-the-bag banana.

Lies, damn lies and statistics

Italy 23-18 Canada

Canada dominated the attacking stats after their exhilarating, albeit ultimately fruitless, second-half display.

The only stats Italy led in were defensive ones, and also the only one that truly matters - on the scoreboard. 

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Full time

Italy 23-18 Canada

What is next for these two then?

Canada have a tight turnaround, playing France on Thursday.

Italy will play Ireland next Sunday.

Full-time

Italy 23-18 Canada

Italy triumph over Canada
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Penalty

Italy 23-18 Canada (Allan)

Tommaso Allan pops the ball through the uprights. His side emerge victorious, but Canada surface with all the credit.

A courageous performance from the Cannucks. But it was not quite enough.

Italy 20-18 Canada

Italy are throttling the life out of the clock. One attempt to set the scrum fails as Eduardo Gori dallies and the packs nosedive to the turf.

Another penalty to Italy. Tommy Allan points to the sticks and this will be the last action.

Italy 20-18 Canada

It is even harder now.

Italy send the Canada pack tailspinning, the scrum crabbing round.

George Clancy decides Canada are going backwards and switches possession back into Italy scrum-half Eduardo Gori's mitts.

Referee George Clancy talks to Canada's captain Tyler Ardron
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Italy 20-18 Canada

Spilled forward! Italy lose control of the pill and it is a scrum to Canada, five metres from their own posts.

This is almost the last play of the game. Canada will have to do it the hard way.

Italy 20-18 Canada

Italy, streetwise as a backroom card game, are playing for the clock. Slow recycling, short-range rumbles and a minimum of passing.

Less than two minutes to go.

Davide Giazzon of Italy
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Italy 20-18 Canada

DTH van der Merwe's arm has strayed high in the tackle on Leonardo Sarto. Nothing vicious in it, but it is a penalty.

Italy kick into the corner. One eye on a try, the other on running down the clock.

Italy 20-18 Canada

Replacement fly-half Harry Jones slings a hospital pass to a team-mate and the ball bobbles out to hand possession back to Italy.

Canada need some go-forward and fast.

Italy 20-18 Canada

Michele Campagnaro scampering towards the posts, Canada shirts choking on his fumes. Saved by the whistle!

Referee George Clancy has spotted the pass to the Italy replacement was forward.  

Michele Campagnaro is tackled by Nathan Hirayama
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Italy 20-18 Canada

Arggh! The Elland Road crowd groan as the balls dribbles forward out of Nathan Hirayama's hands.

That is his final contribution as well. Harry Jones is on at fly-half in his place.

Penalty

Italy 20-18 Canada (Nathan Hirayama)

Nine minutes left. Two points in it. Strap in tight.

Italy 20-15 Canada

Canada are up to within three metres. Italy loading the fringes. But they are offside. Advantage Canada and a free phase to play through.

Kyle Gilmour is snagged out wide. Play is called back for the penalty and Nathan Hirayama points to the posts.

Italy 20-15 Canada

Give it! Give it!

Phil Mack with men outside him and an overlap, but he delays his pass a little too long and an Italian hand gets in there to wreck a promising position for Canada.

Italy 20-15 Canada

DTH van der Merwe is having a stormer. Low-slung as a sportscar, as fast as a dragster and as wide as a juggernaut.

He breaks through another tackle and Italy have to scramble to pull him down short. 

Missed drop-goal

Italy 20-15 Canada

Italy's Tommaso Allan drops back into the pockets, sets his sights and then shanks a horrible eyesore of a drop-goal attempt wide.

Italy 20-15 Canada

Canada are straining at the leash to get back into Italy.

Jamie Cudmore, Phil MacKenzie and DTH van der Merwe all make half-breaks, but a scrambled Italy defence just about holds before nicking the ball via a pass that goes to ground.

Phil MacKenzie
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Italy 20-15 Canada

Having made 143 metres across the whole of the first half, Canada have already made 228 in the opening 16 minutes of the second.

Italy, who led most of the attacking stats at half-time, have made just 38 during the same period.

Italy's Luke McLean is tackled by Canada's Jamie Cudmore and John Moonlight
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Replacement

Italy 20-15 Canada

A change for Italy as Michele Campagnaro replaces Tommaso Benvenuti.

Converted try

Italy 20-15 Canada (Garcia, con. Allan)

Italy have hardly got out of the dressing room so far in this second half, but they show a clinical edge when they belatedly make a trip to the Canada third of the pitch.

A short line-out routine sees the ball popped straight back to hooker Leonardo Ghiraldini who trundles down the wing and is stopped just short.

Canada's defence never gets itself shipshape though and Gonzalo Garcia punches over from short range as the ball is recycled.

Tommaso Allan adds the extras with a decent kick.

Gonzalo Garcia scores a try
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Replacement

Italy 13-15 Canada

War horse Mauro Bergamasco probably applies WD40 more than heat spray nowadays. The Italian cranks the limbs into life and trots on for his 105th cap. 

Replacement

Italy 13-15 Canada

Canada injects some fresh legs into the fray.

 Phil Mack and the magnificently named Djustice Sears-Duru are on. 

Italy 13-15 Canada

Canada have made five clean breaks already in this second half while Italy, very much on the back foot at Elland Road at the moment, have failed to make a single one.

Canada's Phil MacKenzie
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Italy 13-15 Canada

Canada are running hard and running through the phases, but are not making many inroads.

DTH van der Merwe gets isolated and Italy number eight Samuela Vunisa clamps down over the top.  

Italy 13-15 Canada

Canada spill the ball forward. Momentum lost. But only temporarily.

Italy don't look like they fancy this much. They surrender possession at the next scrum and Canada are sniffing around the 22m again.

Italy 13-15 Canada

Canada up on the Italy 22m line. Elland Road are sensing Tier-One blood here. They are bellowing the men in red forward.

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Italy 13-15 Canada

Tommaso Allan hoists the high one. That will come down with snow on it. Matt Evans is solid underneath it though. Ping-pong. Back and forth go the kicks.

Allan appeals for a shoulder block on the part of Tyler Ardron as he chases up. No dice from the referee. 

And Canada come out on top in that little exchange as DTH van der Merwe offloads to Ciaran Hearn who gallops into the Italy half before being hauled down.

Italy 13-15 Canada

Italy scrum-half Edoardo Gori has certainly been in the thick of things going forward, setting up Michele Rizzo's try and having made the most metres and beaten the most defenders for his side.

But in defence? Not so good - four missed tackles in the opening 47 minutes.

Edoardo Gori
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Italy 13-15 Canada

Changes.

Martin Castrogiovanni and Matias Aguero are on to beef up the Italy front row. Michele Rizzo and Lorenzo Cittadini give way. 

No try

Italy 13-15 Canada

A let-off for Italy. 

Conor Trainor's pass is judged to have drifted forward. A marginal call to be honest. It was impossible to tell from the camera angle provided.

Try review

Italy 13-15 Canada

Another for the Canadians?

Nothing wrong with Phil MacKenzie's grounding. It is Conor Trainor's final pass under the microscope.

Try

Italy 13-15 Canada (Matt Evans)

Give it to the gas man.

Matt Evans shows Italy a clean pair of heels, bursting outside Tommaso Benvenuti via a mighty hand-off and then beating Leonardo Sarto to the corner.

A lovely break, but the conversion goes begging.

Italy 13-10 Canada

Eduardo Gori's box-kick is well claimed by Phil MacKenzie on the Canada 22m. The Canada wing comes bustling inside. Tyler Ardron rumbles up another few metres, Matt Evans stabs a grubber kick into the Italy 22m and Canada have made a strong start to the second half.

Kick-off

Italy 13-10 Canada

Canada's Ciaran Hearn gets the second half up and running. 

No changes for either side.  

Elland Road
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Italy 13-10 Canada

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Italy 13-10 Canada

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