Rugby World Cup , Pool D - Leeds, 26 September 2015, 14:30 local, 13:30 GMT
Canada (10) 18 - 23 (13) Italy (FT)

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Hello and welcome to live coverage of Canada's Pool C clash with Italy at Elland Road. Both sides lost their opening match and will be looking to get a win on the board as they chase automatic qualification for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. The Azzurri, of course, need a victory to put pressure on Ireland and France for a place in the last eight.

The players are emerging from the tunnel in Leeds, where we're minutes away from this famous old ground's first taste of international rugby union.

1

Referee George Clancy blows his whistle and Tommaso Allan gets the game under way, kicking deep into Canadian territory where skipper Tyler Ardron spills possession. Italy attempt to use the ball but end up conceding a penalty as Gonzalo Garcia holds on after being tackled.

2

Canada momentarily down to 14 men as Connor Braid receives treatment but he's quickly back on his feet.

3

Italy give away another penalty at the breakdown. Nathan Hirayama boots the ball towards the corner.

4

Phil MacKenzie takes Canada into the Azzurri 22 but they cannot make the most of their opportunity and Hirayama ends up kicking away possession.

6

Brilliant turnover from Canada hooker Ray Barkwill but they cannot capitalise on it and Italy win the penalty. Allan takes the opportunity to clear his lines.

7

Italy stopped almost at that line-out waiting for Clancy's whistle to blow but it didn't and eventually they get their drive going.

8

Clancy stops the clock as the TMO wants to check for foul play from Edoardo Gori. After watching the replay it's decided Gori was guilty of stamping so the penalty is overturned and Canada are now on the attack. Hirayama fails to find touch, though, and Luke McLean can clear for Italy.

9

Italy look to counter quickly from a line-out but Gori's clearance runs all the way over the dead ball line and hands Canada the game's first scrum.

11

At the second time of asking Canada get the ball in and out quickly. Braid chips over the top for DTH van der Merwe to chase but McLean is back to mop up. Canada keep up the pressure though and win another scrum.

12

Canada threaten the Azzurri try line with Braid going closest, before the Italian defence steps up too quickly to give their opponents a kickable penalty.

13 3 - 0

Hirayama makes no mistake and Canada take the lead.

14 8 - 0

Try for Canada! That might be the try of the tournament so far, van der Merwe starts and finishes a flowing counter attack for the Canadians, slaloming through the Azzurri defence before diving gleefully under the posts.

15 10 - 0

Hirayama adds the extras and Italy have a mountain to climb.

16 10 - 5

Try for Italy! Anything you can do we can do as well as Gori slices through the Canada defence before showing great composure to wait for Michele Rizzo who rampages over.

17 10 - 7

Allan slots over the conversion and Italy have made that mountain look like a hill.

18

19

John Moonlight gives away a penalty, that Allan thumps deep into Canadian territory.

20

Joshua Furno takes the line-out but again Canada stand off the drive confusing the Azzurri a little, and once the drive comes on they manage to secure the turnover.

21

Samuel Vunisa drives into the Canada defence from a line-out before Gori and Allan take the ball into contact yards from the line.

22

But Italy concede another turnover and it's a scrum to Canada. Allan should really have gone wide there, the men in blue had numbers out wide.

Canada eventually clear but Italy run the ball straight back at them.

23

Allan chips ahead and Francesco Minto gobbles up the ball. Doug Wooldridge concedes the penalty though giving Allan a simple shot at three points.

24 10 - 10

We're level in Leeds as Allan slots the ball through the posts.

25

Canada threaten to break into Italian territory but Nanyak Dala is guilty of getting up when he had his knee down, and possession is ceded back to Italy.

26

27

Accidental offside as Canada stand off the Italian line-out yet again, giving them a scrum.

30

Italy get a squeeze on at a scrum but they can only take it down and Canada have won a penalty against the head. They will be delighted with that. Rizzo's studs seemed to slip in the turf there.

31

Hirayama tries his luck from near halfway but he gets nowhere near it.

Allan off for a HIA, meaning the young Carlo Canna is on.

32

Italy get this line-out straight out but the move hits a snag in midfield before Canna kicks for territory.

34

Italy look to turn the screw as they take the ball into Canadian territory but Dala pulls off another turnover for the men in red. They have been ferocious in defence.

36

Penalty to Italy and Canna thinks it's within his range...

37

It has the distance but lacks the direction and the scores stay level.

38

Ciaran Hearn kicks the 22 drop out out on the full and Italy have an attacking scrum.

39

Italy finally get some possession from a scrum, Canna runs around the back but he's in touch before he can ground the ball.

40 10 - 13

Jamie Cudmore gives away a penalty, and with Allan back on Italy go for the three. Their No.10 slots it over and the Azzurri head into the break with a slender 13-10 lead.

 

Tristan Barclay in Leeds: A cagey opening 15 minutes had the neutrals inside Elland Road worrying they were about to witness something stale, but then DTH Van Der Merwe sliced through the Italy line to score one of the tries of the tournament so far. Since then, the Leeds crowd have been treated to a full-throttle Test match between two well-matched sides. Italy have dominated at the set piece, but Canada have been countering intelligently with quick ball from the scrum and by refusing to challenge the Italian line-out. The North Americans looked best with ball in hand, but a late Italian penalty means they go into the half-time break three points down. They could most definitely still win this, though.

40

Hearn kicks off the second half for Canada and the men in red manage to regain possession.

41

Once again Canada do not compete as Furno wins the line-out with Gori having to boot clear eventually.

42

Ardron makes a good break before Matt Evans kicks right into the corner to give Canada good territory.

43 15 - 13

Try for Canada! The men in red gain possession from a line-out, Hearn sucks in the defence and Evans exploits the space to race over from a way out. Another good try for Canada.

44

Hirayama cannot add a difficult conversion so Canada's lead stays at two.

45

Have Canada scored again? We're going upstairs. The men in red have their tails up and another flowing move ends with Phil MacKenzie sprinting over but the final pass looked forward.

46

The TMO confirms the pass went forward as boos ring out in Leeds, but Canada are full of confidence at the moment.

49

Just as Italy appeared to have re-grouped Canada break again with Evans and Hearn combining but the Azzurri defence scrambles back.

50

51

Hirayama wriggles out of a tackle and suddenly Canada are back in the Italy 22.

52

Canada are swarming over Italy but ultimately are undone by a knock-on, handing the Azzurri the chance to regroup.

53

The Canadians are playing at a frenetic pace and have the ball back again.

54

Great work from Vunisa to win the turnover and Allan boots downfield.

55

56

Italy manage to get the ball out of the scrum and Allan takes no chances, booting the ball away. That's a sign of exactly how dominant Canada have been since half time.

57 15 - 18

Try for Italy! The Azzurri finally get quick ball from a line-out and Leonardo Ghiraldini takes the ball straight back to sprint off down the line. Furno then takes the ball up to the line before it's spun out to Gonzalo Garcia to dance over.

58 15 - 20

In front of the Don Revie Stand, Allan smacks the far post with his conversion but it drops over.

59

Canada will be shell-shocked by conceding that try but they are not giving up. Captain Ardron leads their charge into Italian territory.

60

Hearn and MacKenzie inject some pace into the attack as the ball is spread wide. Van der Merwe then drifts across the 22 before handing the ball to Cudmore.

61

The Italian defence stands firm now though as Canada start to go sideways and then backwards as van der Merwe misplaces a pass.

62

Canada's momentum breaks down eventually allowing Italy to clear long. Play will restart with a 22 drop out for the Canadians.

63

It's Italy's turn to attack, but Canada doing just as good a job at holding them out.

64 15 - 20

Allan opts to take on a drop goal, but misses by a mile. That was the right idea just poor execution.

65

Penalty to Canada inside their own half as McLean holds on in the tackle.

66

Attacking line-out now for the men in red. They go short to Moonlight before van der Merwe crashes through. The ball is spread wide right where Canada have numbers but Evans' offload finds only space and MacKenzie is bundles into touch.

67

Replacement scrum-half Phil Mack breaks through a gap for Canada before having the ball swatted out of his grasp. Was that deliberate?

68

Hearn goes through a half gap before being tackled as Canada build once more.

69

The men in red almost inside the five-metre line now as Hirayama and Mack try to break through.

70

Penalty coming for offside and as Kyle Gilmour is wrapped up on the right wing, Clancy blows his whistle.

71 18 - 20

Hirayama lines up an easy three points and the deficit is down to two. Can the men in red launch one more meaningful attack?

72

Mack taps a quick penalty and Canada are off again. But as they encroach on halfway, Hirayama knocks on as a pass is fizzed into him.

73

Michele Campagnaro thinks he's cantering over for the game-confirming score but the pass into him from Giovanbattista Venditti was a yard forward.

74

Canada are starting to rush things as Evans is smashed by Campagnaro to hand possession back to the Azzurri. Italy almost use to great effect but a knock-on is their undoing this time.

75

TMO spots that van der Merwe has slipped into a tackle with Leonardo Sarto and taken him high. Penalty to Italy and the chance to put some more distance between them and Canada.

Allan has kicked it to the corner to wind the clock down. Italy win the ball.

76

Another penalty to Italy as Canada fail to roll away. Again the decision is for McLean to kick to the corner.

77

Ghiraldini goes to front and Furno tidies up after a spill. As the move is brought into midfield there is a knock-on though, and Canada have a scrum just outside their five-metre line. This is pretty much their last chance.

78

But Italy get a shove on and Ardron knocks on at the back of the scrum. Scrum to Italy, job almost done.

79

The scrum has to be reset for a second time, which plays into Italy's hands with time ticking away. Eventually they win the penalty and that should be that.

80

Allan points to the posts, Italy will add some gloss to the scoreline...

80+1 18 - 23

Allan slots the ball over and Italy seal a 23-18 win. It is Canada who emerge with credit though, defeat cruel on the minnows.

 

Tristan Barclay at Elland Road: Italy claimed victory, but how they did so is anybody's guess. The second half was all Canada. The Canucks were electric after the break, camping out in the Italian half and scything through tacklers at will. The Azzurri defence was in almost constant disarray, unable to cope with the pace of Canada when they worked it out wide. Italy fullback Luke McLean rescued his side with a couple of last-ditch tackles, but really it was Canada's lack of killer instinct that rescued the Europeans. The final 10 minutes saw Italy run through set-piece after set-piece in the Canada 22, robbing a packed Elland Road of a dream World Cup upset.

Timeline

Time Canada  Score  Italy
0 start of first half start of first half
13 Trainor - sub on
Braid - sub off
Hirayama - penalty goal
3 - 0
14 van der Merwe - try 8 - 0
15 Hirayama - conversion 10 - 0
16 10 - 5 Rizzo - try
17 10 - 7 Allan - conversion
24 10 - 10 Allan - penalty goal
31 Allan - sub off
Canna - sub on
39 Canna - sub off
Allan - sub on
40 end of first half 10 - 13 Allan - penalty goal
end of first half
40 start of second half start of second half
43 Evans - try 15 - 13
46 Rizzo - sub off
Aguero - sub on
Castrogiovanni - sub on
Cittadini - sub off
55 Sears-Duru - sub on
Buydens - sub off
Mackenzie - sub off
Mack - sub on
57 Barkwill - sub off
Carpenter - sub on
15 - 18 Bergamasco - sub on
Vunisa - sub off
Garcia - try
58 Dala - sub off
Gilmour - sub on
15 - 20 Allan - conversion
Giazzon - sub on
Ghiraldini - sub off
Benvenuti - sub off
Campagnaro - sub on
64 Wooldridge - sub off
Tiedemann - sub on
71 Hirayama - penalty goal
Olmstead - sub on
Cudmore - sub off
18 - 20 Palazzani - sub on
Garcia - sub off
72 Hirayama - sub off
Jones - sub on
78 Geldenhuys - sub off
Fuser - sub on
80+1 end of second half
end of half
18 - 23 Allan - penalty goal
end of second half
end of half
0
81 18 - 23 Allan - penalty goal

Notes

 
Result Italy won by a margin of 5 points
Rugby World Cup points Italy 4, Canada 1 (1 losing bonus)
 
Ground name Elland Road, Leeds (neutral venue)
Attendance 33120
 
Referee GJ Clancy (Ireland)
 
Canada Test debuts none
Italy Test debuts none

Teams

Canada Italy
Tries van der Merwe (14), Evans (43) Tries Rizzo (16), Garcia (57)
Cons Hirayama (15) Cons Allan (17, 58)
Pens Hirayama (13, 71) Pens Allan (24, 40, 80)

Match stats

Canada   Italy
2 Tries 2
1 from 2 Conversion goals 2 from 2
2 from 3 Penalty goals 3 from 4
60.0% Kick at goal success 83.0%
0 Dropped goals 0 (1 missed)
Kick/pass/run
26 Kicks from hand 40
178 Passes 127
130 Runs 89
497 Metres run with ball 369
Attacking
59% (53%/62%) Possession (1H/2H) 41% (47%/38%)
58% (46%/64%) Territory (1H/2H) 42% (54%/36%)
12 Clean breaks 5
31 Defenders beaten 18
4 Offloads 8
99 from 103 (96.1%) Rucks won 56 from 62 (90.3%)
0 from 0 Mauls won 4 from 7 (57.1%)
15 Turnovers conceded 12
Defensive
90/18 Tackles made/missed 151/31
83.0% Tackling success rate 83.0%
Set pieces
8 won, 0 lost (100.0%) Scrums on own feed 8 won, 1 lost (88.9%)
15 won, 0 lost (100.0%) Lineouts on own throw 15 won, 0 lost (100.0%)
Discipline
12 Penalties conceded 9
0/0 Yellow/red cards 0/0

Can stats

Pos   T/A Pts K/P/R MR CB DB OL TO Tack LO Pen Y/R
FB Evans 1/0 5 9/7/6 62 1 1 0 2 4/0 0/0 0 0/0
W MacKenzie 0/1 0 0/7/11 75 2 3 1 2 0/0 0/0 0 0/0
C Hearn 0/1 0 0/6/16 76 2 2 0 0 3/1 0/0 2 0/0
C Braid 0/0 0 1/1/3 2 0 1 0 0 2/0 0/0 0 0/0
W van der Merwe 1/0 5 0/7/11 102 2 5 1 2 5/3 0/0 3 0/0
FH Hirayama 0/0 8 8/32/7 29 1 3 0 2 4/1 0/0 0 0/0
SH Mackenzie 0/0 0 7/54/2 0 0 0 1 0 4/3 0/0 0 0/0
P Buydens 0/0 0 0/2/5 1 0 0 0 1 5/0 0/0 1 0/0
H Barkwill 0/0 0 0/5/5 1 0 0 1 1 1/2 0/0 0 0/0
P Wooldridge 0/0 0 0/0/2 0 0 0 0 0 6/0 0/0 1 0/0
L Sinclair 0/0 0 0/2/7 8 0 0 0 0 2/0 3/0 0 0/0
L Cudmore 0/0 0 0/2/10 12 1 0 0 1 8/0 2/0 1 0/0
F Dala 0/0 0 0/2/4 5 0 0 0 1 3/0 0/0 2 0/0
F Moonlight 0/0 0 0/3/5 1 0 2 0 0 10/2 1/0 0 0/0
N8 Ardron 0/0 0 0/11/12 56 2 5 0 2 10/3 9/0 0 0/0
(H) Carpenter 0/0 0 0/3/4 5 0 2 0 0 2/0 0/0 0 0/0
(P) Sears-Duru 0/0 0 0/2/4 4 0 1 0 0 7/0 0/0 0 0/0
(P) Tiedemann 0/0 0 0/0/2 2 0 0 0 0 2/0 0/0 1 0/0
(L) Olmstead 0/0 0 0/0/0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0 0/0
(F) Gilmour 0/0 0 0/0/3 7 0 0 0 0 8/0 0/0 1 0/0
(SH) Mack 0/0 0 0/27/8 35 1 1 0 0 0/0 0/0 0 0/0
(C) Trainor 0/0 0 0/3/3 14 1 5 0 1 2/3 0/0 0 0/0
(FH) Jones 0/0 0 0/2/0 0 0 0 0 0 2/0 0/0 0 0/0
Key T/A Tries / Try Assists Pts Points scored
K/P/R Kick / Pass / Run MR Metres Run with ball
CB Clean Breaks DB Defenders Beaten OL OffLoads TO TurnOvers
Tack Tackles made / missed LO LineOuts won on throw / stolen on opp throw
Pen Penalties conceded Y/R Yellow / Red cards

Italy stats

Pos   T/A Pts K/P/R MR CB DB OL TO Tack LO Pen Y/R
FB McLean 0/0 0 8/9/9 75 0 0 1 1 3/1 0/0 1 0/0
W Sarto 0/0 0 5/3/7 48 0 2 2 1 10/1 0/0 0 0/0
C Benvenuti 0/0 0 0/3/1 5 0 0 0 0 2/2 0/0 0 0/0
C Garcia 1/0 5 1/0/2 1 1 1 0 1 14/3 0/0 0 0/0
W Venditti 0/0 0 0/2/4 42 1 4 0 1 2/2 0/0 0 0/0
FH Allan 0/0 13 18/12/4 20 0 0 0 0 11/1 0/0 0 0/0
SH Gori 0/2 0 6/62/5 60 1 6 0 0 6/5 1/0 2 0/0
P Rizzo 1/0 5 0/1/3 13 1 0 0 0 2/1 0/0 1 0/0
H Ghiraldini 0/0 0 0/3/7 19 1 2 2 0 7/0 0/0 0 0/0
P Cittadini 0/0 0 0/1/4 1 0 0 0 2 6/0 0/0 1 0/0
L Geldenhuys 0/0 0 0/5/8 9 0 0 1 2 14/1 2/0 1 0/0
L Furno 0/0 0 0/5/6 7 0 1 2 0 6/4 8/0 1 0/0
F Zanni 0/0 0 0/2/2 0 0 0 0 1 12/0 2/0 0 0/0
F Minto 0/0 0 0/5/6 7 0 0 0 0 14/0 2/0 1 0/0
N8 Vunisa 0/0 0 0/4/8 29 1 2 0 1 6/2 0/0 0 0/0
(H) Giazzon 0/0 0 0/0/2 3 0 0 0 0 5/3 0/0 1 0/0
(P) Aguero 0/0 0 0/1/2 2 0 0 0 0 13/0 0/0 0 0/0
(P) Castrogiovanni 0/0 0 0/1/4 3 0 0 0 1 5/5 0/0 0 0/0
(L) Fuser 0/0 0 0/0/0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0 0/0
(N8) Bergamasco 0/0 0 0/1/2 3 0 0 0 0 7/0 0/0 0 0/0
(C) Palazzani 0/0 0 0/1/1 3 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0 0/0
(FH) Canna 0/0 0 2/5/1 18 0 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0 0/0
(C) Campagnaro 0/0 0 0/1/1 1 0 0 0 0 6/0 0/0 0 0/0
Key T/A Tries / Try Assists Pts Points scored
K/P/R Kick / Pass / Run MR Metres Run with ball
CB Clean Breaks DB Defenders Beaten OL OffLoads TO TurnOvers
Tack Tackles made / missed LO LineOuts won on throw / stolen on opp throw
Pen Penalties conceded Y/R Yellow / Red cards

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