Viadana win "little" Italian Cup
By Gian Luca Barca
January 29, 2000
Emerging club Viadana won the Italian Cup final beating Piacenza 32-14 in a match played in Parma in front of a crowd of 2,000 people.
The Italian Cup is a knock out competition but this year the fact that
its matches coincided with European Cup and Shield games led most of the top clubs either to withdraw or to be eliminated in the early stages.
By winning the cup Viadana has earned the right to play in next year's
Piacenza's heavy pack dominated the first 20 minutes of the final but their effort only produced three points by Argentinean born German Cagnolo.
Viadana then scored a try by scrum half Villagra, which Grangetto converted, and another one by Juan Francesio, a winger whose speed has earned him a place in the Italian squad Johnstone has named to face Scotland.
Cagnolo kicked six more points for Piacenza taking the first half score to 12-9.
In the second half after Piacenza suffered the loss of Zimbabwe number 8
Greef due to injury, Viadana moved up a gear and scored two more tries by Queiriolo and Francesio, both converted by Grangetto who also added a further two penalties to his match tally of 12.
Piacenza centre Sandro Ceppolino's try, in the dying minutes, could only narrow the distance between the two clubs leaving Viadana convincingwinners.