Nick Mallett’s first season with Italy finished on a high when they snatched a dramatic 13-12 away win against Argentina.
Replacement Leonardo Ghiraldini was judged to have scored in the 80th minute after a maul crossed the line, a decision hotly contested by the Pumas. Andrea Marcato then converted to give Italy their second win in 15 meetings with the South Americans.
The match was not a great spectacle and it was the refereeing of Australian Matt Goddard, who gave 30 penalties during the match, which attracted the most attention.
Argentina, who were ranked third in the world before this match, led 12-3 at half-time.
Argentina – Penalties: Juan Hernandez (2), Marcelo Bosch (2)
Italy – Try: Leonardo Ghiraldini. Conversion: Andrea Marcato. Penalties: Marcato (2)