Italy 6-22 South Africa: Springboks labour to victory in Padua

Cobus Reinach
Cobus Reinach scored the second of South Africa's three tries
Autumn internationals: Italy v South Africa
Italy: (6) 6
Pens: Haimona (2)
South Africa: (8) 22
Tries: Oosthuizen, Reinach, Habana; Pens: Lambie; Cons: Pollard (2)

Tries from Coenie Oosthuizen, Cobus Reinach and Bryan Habana helped South Africa beat Italy in Padua despite a laboured performance.

Heyneke Meyer's side, who beat England last weekend after losing to Ireland, went behind to Kelly Haimona's penalty.

Pat Lambie's kick levelled before Oosthuizen ploughed over from a scrum.

Haimona kicked three more points before the break, but Reinach finished an excellent move before Handre Pollard raced clear to set up Habana late on.

Despite competing well in the scrum against a South Africa side showing four changes to the one that had won 31-28 at Twickenham, Italy could not break down the visiting defence.

Habana's try was his 57th in 105 Tests and ensured that the Springboks head to Cardiff for next Saturday's match against Wales on the back of two victories.

Italy: Andrea Masi, Leonardo Sarto, Michele Campagnaro, Luca Morisi, Luke McLean, Kelly Haimona, Edoardo Gori, Matias Aguero, Leonardo Ghiraldini, Martin Castrogiovanni, Quintin Geldenhuys, Josh Furno, Alessandro Zanni, Samu Vunisa, Sergio Parisse.

Replacements: Andrea Manici, Alberto De Marchi, Dario Chistolini, Marco Bortolami, Francesco Minto, Guglielmo Palazzani, Luciano Orquera, Giulio Toniolatti.

South Africa: Johan Goosen, JP Pietersen, Jan Serfontein, Jean de Villiers, Bryan Habana, Pat Lambie, Cobus Reinach, Trevor Nyakane, Adriaan Strauss, Coenie Oosthuizen, Eben Etzebeth, Victor Matfield, Marcell Coetzee, Teboho Mohoje, Duane Vermeulen.

Replacements: Bismarck du Plessis, Gurthro Steenkamp, Julien Redelinghuys, Lodewyk de Jager, Nizaam Carr, Francois Hougaard, Handre Pollard, Willie le Roux.

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