Boks 29 Italy 13

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Full-time: Boks 29 Italy 13

80 mins: Italy have the ball and are 5m out, but a wild pass sees the ball knocked-on as the final hooter blows. The referee ends the game.

78 mins: Italy in a great position to secure a consolation try as their forwards work play a metre a way from the try line. However, the Italians lose the ball forward and with a few seconds remaining, the scrum should be the final play of the game.

74 mins: Frustration begins to creep in as the Boks struggle to find continuity with ball in hand. A lot of off-the-ball incidents.

69 mins: Boks’ errors are allowing Italy to score points and add respectability to the scoreboard. Spies’s infringement at the breakdown allows Bergamasco to kick another penalty in front. 29-13 to the Boks!

66 mins: Boks have the feed to a 5m scrum, but No 8 Pierre Spies drops the ball backwards and Italy steal possession. Italy clear play to the halfway line.

64 mins: James returns from the sin bin but replacement centre Juan de Jongh replaces him in the midfield.

62 mins: Italy try! Tebaldi breaks through a gap in the lineout created by replacement lock Alistair Hargreaves. The scrumhalf offloads to his skipper Sergio Parisse to score. Bergamasco adds the extras. 29-10 to the Boks!

61 mins: Aplon breaks for what seems to be his third try in two Tests, but the referee penalises centre Jean de Villiers for an early tackle on Bergamasco.

53 mins: James receives a yellow card for a dangerous tackle.

49 mins: Bok try! The Boks have a patient approach from centre field as they work several phases towards the try line. Quick ball and slick passing sees Kirchner find space on the outside as the fullback dots down in the corner. Steyn kicks the difficult conversion. 29-3 to the Boks!

45 mins: Boks win a penalty and Steyn kicks an excellent touch finder in Italy’s red zone. The home team work several set phases towards the try line but the Italians make a crucial steal and Gower hacks the ball away. Boks break back into Italy’s 22m area but they knock on the ball. Pressure eases for Italy as they win a penalty from the resulting scrum.

42 mins: Boks work the ball in centre field from a scrum but are penalised for side entry at the breakdown. Italy find touch inside the Boks’ half.

41 mins: Steyn kicks off and Italy settle outside their 22m area. McLean clears.

Half-time: Boks 22 Italy 3

39 mins: Bok try! Boks break into the Italians’ red zone again. The ball is knocked backwards but Steyn capitalises on the messy play to break through Italy’s defence and dive over. Steyn converts his own try. 22-3 to the Boks!

35 mins: Aplon is penalised for being ahead of Kirchner as the fullback clears the ball. However, Bergamasco misses the goal attempt.

32 mins: Italians are punished again for players running ahead of the kicker before the restart. But the visitors do well to turn the Boks scrum 90 degrees to win the feed, even without Castro.

30 mins: Bok try! From a lineout 8m from the chalk, the Boks drive ahead with a rolling maul. The Italians do well to disrupt things as the maul goes messy, but flank Francois Louw breaks away in the corner for the Boks’ second try. Steyn misses the tricky conversion. 15-3 to the Boks!

23 mins: Boks break on another attack. Kirchner passes the ball and Habana breaks into space by beating two defenders from the halfway line. He gives the chip ahead but falls as he is bumped by an Italian defender. However, replays show it was a dive.

21 mins: Great kick! Steyn clears the ball from his own half and finds touch in the Italian half. Difficult clearance considering the ball was carried into the 22m area. Boks find position in the Italians half.

18 mins: Castro goes off with a back injury, prop replacement Lorenzo Cittadini comes on.

17 mins: Bok try! The Boks steal the ball at the lineout and work the ball through the hands. Fullback Zane Kirchner gives a chip for Habana to collect and the wing runs clear for the opening try. Steyn converts. 10-3 to the Boks!

16 mins: Scrumhalf Ricky Januarie breaks from his own half and passes to wing Gio Aplon. But Aplon’s chip ahead goes out on the full.

14 mins: Habana chases well after the kickoff and the Boks win a kickable penalty from the breakdown as the Italians are blown for holding on. Pivot Morne Steyn levels the scores with his first penalty. Score even at 3-3!

13 mins: Italy have the first try-scoring opportunity as they win a turnover from a Bryan Habana counter attack attempt. After four breakdowns, Italy are 5m out but scurmhalf Tito Tebaldi’s selfishness costs his team a sure try. But inside centre Butch James is penalised for offside and wing Mirco Bergamasco converts from right in front. 3-0 to Italy!

7 mins: Great kick! Pivot Craig Gower pins the Boks in their 22m area with a great touch finder from his own half.

5 mins: Monster scrum! Steenkamp wins a penalty in the second scrum as the loosehead gets the better of Castro, outmuscling his opposite number.

2 mins: A lot of attention heading into the Test was on the scrum as Boks field the same front row that was dismantled in the midweek clash against Leicester with Martin Castrogiovanni at tighthead prop last November. But a strong opening scrum should give Jannie du Plessis, Chiliboy Ralepelle and Gurthro Steenkamp some early confidence.

1 mins: Poor start for Italy. The visitors are blown for players in front of the kicker, fullback Luke McLean, at the kickoff. 50m scrum to the Boks.

Springboks – 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Gio Aplon, 13 Jean de Villiers, 12 Butch James, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morne Steyn, 9 Ricky Januarie, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Dewald Potgieter, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Victor Matfield (c), 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Gurthro Steenkamp.
Subs: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 CJ van der Linde, 18 Alistair Hargreaves, 19 Ryan Kankowski, 20 Ruan Pienaar, 21 Juan de Jongh, 22 Bjorn Basson.

Italy – 15 Luke McLean, 14 Kaine Robertson, 13 Andrea Masi, 12 Matteo Pratichetti, 11 Mirco Bergamasco, 10 Craig Gower, 9 Tito Tebaldi, 8 Sergio Parisse (c), 7 Alessandro Zanni, 6 Simone Favaro, 5 Quintin Geldenhuys, 4 Valerio Bernabo, 3 Martin Castrogiovanni, 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 1 Salvatore Perugini.
Subs: 16 Fabio Ongaro, 17 Lorenzo Cittadini, 18 Marco Bortolami, 19 Paul Derbyshire, 20 Simon Picone, 21 Riccardo Bocchino, 22 Gonzalo Canale.