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Simon Borchardt

Wallabies hammer Azzurri


Wallabies wing Nick Cummins scores a try against Italy Wallabies wing Nick Cummins scores a try against Italy

Australia bounced back from their loss to England with a 50-20 thrashing of Italy in Turin on Saturday.

For 12 minutes of this match it looked as if the Wallabies' woeful season was going to get even worse, but they fought back well from being 10-0 down to score seven tries.

Alberto Di Bernardo opened the scoring with a penalty, before Quade Cooper's first kick at goal went wide.

A poor kick from Will Genia then allowed Italy to counter-attack from their 22. The ball went wide to Tommaso Benevenuti, who burst away down the right-hand touchline and passed back inside to Luca Morisi. His inside pass to Luke McLean saw the fullback dot down under the posts for a try in his 50th Test.

The Wallabies, though, hit back with two tries in the space of five minutes. A strong run from Israel Folau got them close to the line and moments later Cooper put Ben Mowen over. Then Nick Cummins broke away down the left-hand touchline, cut back inside and offloaded in the tackle to Tevita Kuridrani. Cooper slotted both conversions.

Australia extended their lead on the half-hour mark when they went blind from a ruck and Cummins brushed off McLean's tackle to score in the left corner.

Cooper missed the conversion, before Di Bernardo pushed two penalty attempts wide late in the half.

The Wallabies continued to dominate after the break with Cooper having a hand in tries for Cummins and Adam Ashley-Cooper.

Lorenzo Cittadini crashed over for Italy's second try, but normal service soon resumed with Christian Leali'ifano kicking a penalty and Joe Tomane and Israel Folau scoring converted tries to take the Wallabies up to 50.

The Azzurri, though, did manage to get over the line again, late in the game, with replacement flyhalf Tommy Allan, who played for Western Province U19 last year before joining Perpignan, scoring a try on his Test debut.

Italy – Tries: Luke McLean, Lorenzo Cittadini, Tommy Allan. Conversion: Alberto Di Bernardo. Penalty: Di Bernardo.
Wallabies – Tries: Ben Mowen, Tevita Kuridrani, Nick Cummins (2), Adam Ashley-Cooper, Joe Tomane, Israel Folau. Conversions: Quade Cooper (4), Christian Leali'ifano (2). Penalty: Leali'ifano.

Italy – 15 Luke McLean, 14 Tommaso Benevenuti, 13 Luca Morisi, 12 Alberto Sgarbi, 11 Leonardo Sarto, 10 Alberto Di Bernardo, 9 Edoardo Gori, 8 Sergio Parisse (c), 7 Robert Barbieri, 6 Alessandro Zanni, 5 Marco Bortolami, 4 Antonio Pavanello, 3 Martin Castrogiovanni, 2 Davide Giazzon, 1 Michele Rizzo.
Subs: 16 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 17 Matias Aguero, 18 Lorenzo Cittadini, 19 Quintin Geldenhuys, 20 Joshua Furno, 21 Tobias Botes, 22 Tommy Allan, 23 Tommaso Iannone.

Wallabies – 15 Israel Folau, 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Matt Toomua, 11 Nick Cummins, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Ben Mowen (c), 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Rob Simmons, 5 James Horwill, 4 Sitaleki Timani, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 James Slipper.
Subs: 16 Saia Fainga'a, 17 Benn Robinson, 18 Sekope Kepu, 19 Dave Dennis, 20 Liam Gill, 21 Nic White, 22 Christian Leali'ifano, 23 Joe Tomane.

Photo: Gabriel Bouys/AFP Photo

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