Monday, February 28, 2011

Argentina Players star for Italy vs Wales

Wales backed up last weekends impressive win over Scotland at Murrayfield with a 24-16 win over Italy at the Stadio Flaminio in Rome on Saturday. The win means Wales have won two of their three matches while Italy remain winless despite playing significantly better than they did in their previous match vs England two weeks ago. In Saturday´s match vs Wales Italy had six players from Argentina in their team of 22 players for the match which is an indication of just how much Argentina is contributing to Italian rugby.

Both Wales and Italy scored two tries each but superior goalkicking from Wales and a James Hook drop goal saw the men in red win the battle of Rome. Both of Italy´s tries were scored by players from Argentina with Italian outside centre, Gonzalo Canale scoring the games first try in the 4th minute of play which put Italy 5-3 ahead. Wales scored a try five minutes latter which put them in the lead and they looked firm until Argentina born Italian backrower and captain, Sergio Parisse scored Italy´s second try in the 50th minute which made it 21-16 to Wales. Italy had opportunities to close the gap but failed with penalty kicks at goal with both Mirco Bergamasco and Argentine born Luciano Orquera missing key opportunities. Argentina had a further three players in the Italian side with Martín Castrogiovanni playing tighthead prop in a dominant Italian scrum, Santiago Dellape playing secondrow and Pablo Canavosio was on the bench and came on for Italy in the 70th minute at scrumhalf.

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