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Full time: Qantas Wallabies 22 v Italy 19

  
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11/25/2012
By ARU Media Unit


The Qantas Wallabies have held off an inspired Italy to escape with a narrow three-point victory in Florence.

 
The visitors made all the running in the first half going into the break leading by 16-points, however it was a very different story in the second half with the home side scoring 13-points to nothing nearly snatch victory in the dying stages.
 
The Italians came out firing in the second half and made the best possible start, capitalising on some sloppy play by the Qantas Wallabies.
 
Italy flanker, Robert Barbieri, pounced on a loose pass to cross for his sides first try of the match in the 41st minute, cutting the Qantas Wallabies lead to just 11-points. 
 
When Italy fly half, Luciano Oquera added the extras the visitors lead was just nine-points.
 
The Italians continued to apply pressure on the Qantas Wallabies through the weight of possession and in the 50th minute cut their lead by a further three points thanks to a penalty goal to fly half, Luciano Oquera. 
 
Five minutes later and the Qantas Wallabies lead was just three, after the trusty boot of Oquera kicked his fourth penalty goal of the Test. 
 
With 25 minutes left on the clock the Italians continued to apply pressure on the Australians and despite a number of forays inside the visitors 22 failed to add any additional points. 
 
Unable to gain any momentum the Qantas Wallabies struggled to vacate their own half and with just one minute left on the clock the Italians secured a penalty 40 metres out in the middle of the field.
 
With the opportunity to tie the match at 22-points apiece, Orquera stepped up to take the penalty goal, however for the first time in the match his trusty boot pushed it wide, allowing the Qantas Wallabies to relieve the pressure. 
 
As the clock wound down the Australians won the ball back and after one last thrust at the Italians line kicked the ball dead to record a nail-biting 22-19 victory taking their Spring Tour record to two wins and one loss with one game remaining. 
 
While the second half will be 40 minutes to forget for the Qantas Wallabies the first half was certainly the opposite with the tourists securing five penalty goals and a converted try in the opening 40 minutes. 
 
The Italians were the first to trouble the scoreboard in the fifth minute when fly half, Luciano Orquera, kicked truly for his sides first of two opening half penalty goals. 
 
The Qantas Wallabies hit straight back two minutes later through the boot of fullback, Berrick Barnes. 
 
The Australians went further ahead in the 16th minute thanks again to the boot of Barnes who kicked his second penalty goal for the half after some tough work by the forwards.
 
Three minutes later after a sensational chase by Qantas Wallabies flanker, Michael Hooper, the Australians spun the ball wide and provided winger, Nick Cummins with his second Test try in as many matches.
 
Barnes added the extras and extended the Qantas Wallabies lead to 10-points. 
 
In the 25th minute the Qantas Wallabies added a further three points from the boot of Barnes, which was quickly followed by another three points just two minutes later thanks to fly half, Kurtley Beale’s first penalty goal of the half. 
 
Beale added another three points five minutes later to give the Australians even more breathing space, stretching the score to 22-3. 
 
The Italians weren’t to be denied and after building pressure on the Australian defence finally secured the second penalty goal of the half in the 34th minute. 
 
The Qantas Wallabies will now head to Millennium Stadium where they’ll meet Wales next Saturday to wrap up their 2012 Spring Tour.
 
 
Minute by Minute:
 
First Half – kick off by Australia.
 
1st: Penalty to Australia not rolling away, kick to touch
2nd: Free kick to Italy, closing the gap in the lineout
4th: Penalty to Italy, not coming through the gate, kick at goal
5th: Penalty goal attempt by Luciano Orquera successful, Italy 3 – Australia 0 
6th: Penalty to Australia, offside, kick at goal
7th: Penalty goal attempt by Berrick Barnes successful, Italy 3 – Australia 3
8th: Penalty to Australia, offside, kick to touch
10th: Knock on by Italy, scrum Australia
11th: Free kick to Italy, early engagement, scrum Italy
13th: Scrum to Australia, not using the ball
14th: Free kick to Italy, early engagement
14th: Penalty to Australia, obstruction, kick at goal
16th: Penalty goal attempt by Berrick Barnes successful, Italy 3 – Australia 6 
17th: Knock on by Italy, play on
19th: Try to Australia, Nick Cummins, Italy 3 – Australia 11
20th: Conversion attempt by Berrick Barnes successful, Italy 3 – Australia 13
22nd: Knock on by Australia, scrum Italy 
23rd: Penalty to Italy, turning the scrum, kick to touch
24th: Penalty to Australia, kick at goal
25th: Penalty goal attempt by Berrick Barnes successful, Italy 3 – Australia 16
27th: Penalty to Australia, not releasing, kick at goal
28th: Penalty goal attempt by Kurtley Beale successful, Italy 3 – Australia 19
29th: Penalty to Australia hand in the ruck, kick at goal
29th: Yellow Card to Italy, Robert Barbieri
30th: Penalty goal attempt by Kurtley Beale successful, Italy 3 – Australia 22 
31st: Penalty to Italy, offside, kick to touch
32nd: Substitution by Australia, Brett Sheehan replaced by Nick Phipps
33rd: Penalty to Italy, offside, kick at goal
34th: Penalty goal attempt by Luciano Orquera successful, Italy 6 – Australia 22
38th: Concussion Test Replacement, Benn Robinson replaced by James Slipper
38th: Penalty to Italy, crushing in the line out, kick to touch
 
Half Time: Italy 6 – Australia 22
 
Second half
 
41st: Substitution by Australia, Benn Robinson replaced by James Slipper
41st: TMO Decision on Try to Italy
41st: TMO Decision, Try to Italy Robert Barbieri, Italy 11 – Australia 22
42nd: Conversion attempt by Luciano Orquera, Italy 13 – Australia 22
42nd: Knock on by Italy, scrum Australia
44th: Knock on by Australia, play on
46th: Knock on by Italy, scrum Australia
47th: Penalty to Italy, collapsing the scrum, kick to touch
49th: Penalty to Italy, side entry into the maul, kick at goal
50th: Penalty goal attempt by Luciano Orquera successful, Italy 16 – Australia 22
53rd: Penalty to Italy, lying on the ball, kick to touch
54th: Penalty to Italy, interfering with a player in the lineout, kick at goal
55th: Penalty goal attempt by Luciano Orquera successful, Italy 19 – Australia 22
58th: Knock on by Australia, scrum Italy
61st: Knock on by Australia, play on
62nd: Penalty to Italy, playing the ball on the ground, kick to touch
64th: Scrum to Italy, ball not playable
67th: Substitution by Australia, Scott Higginbotham replaced by Dave Dennis
69th: Scrum Italy, ball not playable
69th: Substitution by Australia, Nick Cummins replaced by Digby Ioane
72nd: Substitution by Australia, Ben Alexander replaced by Sekope Kepu
73rd: Penalty to Italy, high tackle, kick to touch
75th: Knock on by Italy, scrum Australia
78th: Penalty to Italy, tackling a player in the air, quick tap
79th: Penalty to Italy, not rolling away, kick at goal 
79th: Yellow Card Australia, Digby Ioane for tackling player in the air
79th: Penalty goal attempt by Luciano Oquera unsuccessful, Italy 19 – Australia 22 
 
 
 
Full Time: Italy 19 – Australia 22