Italy 19-22 Australia, Florence, November 24
Australia hold on to beat Italy
ESPN Staff
November 24, 2012
Date/Time: Nov 24, 2012, 15:00 local, 14:00 GMT
Venue: Artemio Franchi, Firenze
Italy 19 - 22 Australia
Attendance: 32500  Half-time: 6 - 22
Tries: Barbieri
Cons: Orquera
Pens: Orquera 4
Tries: Cummins
Cons: Barnes
Pens: Barnes 3, Beale 2
Italy wing Giovanbattista Venditti (right) and Australia centre Ben Tupuai enjoy a tussle, Italy v Australia, Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence, Italy, November 24, 2012
Italy's Giovanbattista Venditti and Australia's Ben Tapuai lock horns
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Australia survived a second-half fightback to maintain their perfect record against Italy in Florence this afternoon with a 22-19 victory.

The Wallabies had looked to be coasting after Nick Cummins' second try in as many weeks helped them into a 22-3 half-time lead.

But Robbie Deans' men ground to a half after the interval as the Azzurri sensed a first-ever win against their southern hemisphere rivals.

Robert Barbieri dived over for a converted try two minutes after the re-start before a pair of Luciano Orquera penalties drew them to within three points with 25 minutes remaining.

But, despite some torrid play from the Wallbies, they held on to grab back-to-back wins on their European tour after their Twickenham success over England last weekend.

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