Boks 55 Italy 11

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Full time: Boks 55 Italy 11

80 mins: Italy have possesion 20m out from the Bok try line and the visitors search for a consolation score. However, the Boks give a good final defensive effort as they force the Italians into touch. The Boks celebrate an impressive win before their Tri-Nations opener against the All Blacks in Auckland on 10 July.

78 mins: BOK TRY! Replacement prop BJ Botha drives over from close range for his first Bok try. Pienaar kicks the conversion. 55-11 to the Boks!

76 mins: Monster tackle! Umtata-born Italy lock Carlo del Fava takes out Van der Merwe with a heavy tackle.

74 mins: Some scrum concerns for Boks. Loosehead prop Guthro Steenkamp concedes his third penalty of the game at the scrum.

70 mins: Boks spend a good period of play inside the Italians’ 22m area. They struggling to break the opposing defence and eventually a knock-on by replacement hooker Chiliboy Ralepelle ends the try-scoring chance.

65 mins: ITALY TRY! Italy work the ball wide and a grubber through is collected by wing Michele Sepe. Bergamasco misses the conversion. 48-11 to the Boks!

64 mins: Two penalties for Italy see them work into the Boks’ red zone. Their best opportunity to score a try.

60 mins: BOK TRY! Good backline play sees the Boks run into Italy’s red zone and they are halted 5m out. Replacement lock Flip van der Merwe then drives over for his first Test try. Ruan Pienaar converts his first goal attempt. 48-6 to the Boks!

56 mins: BOK TRY! Boks have another lineout in Italy’s red zone and their patient approach is rewarded with a fifth try. They work the ball through a number of phases and Italy did well to restrict the hosts. But the Boks didn’t panic and worked the ball through the hands. Steyn’s pass to Habana out wide sees the wing dive in at the corner. Habana has equalled Joost van der Westhuizen’s record for most Bok tries -38. Steyn kicks another conversion. 41-6 to the Boks!

51 mins: BOK TRY! The Boks work the ball across the field through a number of set phases. Tighthead prop Jannie du Plessis eventually powers over for the Boks’ fourth try. Steyn converts. 34-6 to the Boks!

50 mins: Good interplay between Burger and centre Juan de Jongh see the Boks enter the Italians’ 22m area. However, lock Marco Bortolami is penalised for a side entry at the breakdown. On the side, there’s a scrap between Louw and Italy hooker Fabio Ongaro. Botha comes in and bullies the smaller No 2 away. Referee Andrew Small gives Parisse Italy’s final warning for conceding penalties in their red zone. Steyn kicks for touch and the Boks have a lineout 5m out.

48 mins: Italy work their way into the Boks’ red zone but Louw contests well at the breakdown and wins a penalty for his team as the visitors are penalised for holding on.

46 mins: Parisse makes a good run down the right touchline, beating Louw and Habana. However, his offload goes forward and Spies gathers. Steyn manages to clear from the breakdown, but back into Parisse’s hands. The skipper attempts another drop goal, this time 40m out. However, like the first, it goes horribly wrong.

41 mins: Steyn kicks off and Italy clear from their red zone. Spies sets out on a strong run and beats three defenders. However, the Boks lose possession because of poor handling.

Half-time: Boks 27 Italy 6

40 mins: Italy have possession on the 50m line as the half-time hooter blows. Picone passes to McLean, who boots the ball into touch to end the first stanza.

37 mins: BOK TRY! A steal from flank Francios Louw gives the Boks another counter attacking opportunity. Burger puts lock Andries Bekker through the gap and he offloads to Spies. The No 8 beats the covering Italian defence with pace to dot down. Steyn adds the extras. 27-6 to the Boks!

35 mins: A Bakkies Botha turnover sparks a Bok counter attack. Wing Jean de Villiers passes wide and the ball goes through the hands for Steyn to run clear. However, a loose pass from Habana ends the scoring chance.

31 mins: BOK TRY! From an untidy lineout, the Boks work themselves 5m out. Janaurie opts for the short side and wing Bryan Habana sucks in three defenders and offloads to Steyn, who dives in at the corner for his second try. The pivot kicks the challenging conversion. Steyn has scored all 20 points for the Boks. 20-6 to the Boks!

29 mins: McLean attempts an up and under but it is executed poorly and the Italian forwards are caught out in an offside position. Steyn finds touch inside the Italians’ 22m area.

27 mins: Boks guilty of poor play at a breakdown in centre field. Italy manage to steal possession and centre Jaque Fourie is penalised for not releasing after making the tackle.

24 mins: Clever tactics from the Italians. Boks attempt a driving maul from a lineout 8m out, but Italy’s forwards stand back and the home team is penalised for truck-and-trailer.

22 mins: Steyn attempts a banana clearance from his half, but with a strong wind at his back, the ball goes out over the dead ball line and gives Italy a scrum in a promising position. However, poor handling ends this scoring opportunity.

19 mins: Boks work into the Italy’s red zone but run into some stern defence from the visitors. However, scrumhalf Simon Picone breaks too early when he tackles Ricky Januarie and is penalised for offside. Steyn adds another three-pointer to the Boks’ score tally. 13-6 to the Boks!

15 mins: Flank Schalk Burger is guilty of a high tackle on opposite number Manoa Vosawai and gives Italy another kickable penalty. Bergamasco converts his second goal attempt to reduce the deficit to four points. 10-6 to the Boks!

12 mins: BOK TRY! Good lineout from the Boks and the forwards drive close. After two set phases, the ball is passed out to Steyn and he dummies for an easy run in for the opening try. Steyn also adds the extras. 10-3 to the Boks!

10 mins: Springboks win a penalty as Italian loosehead prop Salvatore Perugini counter drives the hosts’ driving maul in an illegal manner. Steyn kicks for touch and sets the platform for the Bok forwards.

8 mins: No 8 Pierre Spies concedes a penalty for not rolling away after the tackle. Wing Mirco Bergamasco converts his first shot at goal from 35m out. Scores are level at 3-3!

5 mins: The Boks settle and a penalty allows Steyn to find field poisition in the opposition’s half. Italy’s ill-discipline at the breakdown gives Steyn an early opportunity at goal. The pivot strikes well and the ball sails through the uprights. 3-0 to the Boks!

2 mins: Skipper Sergio Parisse gathers and goes for an optimistic 54m drop goal, but it’s short and falls well wide. Fullback Gio Aplon gives a monster clearance in reply but fails to find touch. A good Italian counter attack sees them find touch 5m from the Boks’ try line.

1 mins: Deep kickoff from Italian fullback Luke McLean and pivot Morne Steyn clears.

Springboks – 15 Gio Aplon, 14 Jean de Villiers, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Juan de Jongh, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morne Steyn, 9 Ricky Januarie, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Francois Louw, 6 Schalk Burger, 5 Andries Bekker, 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 John Smit (c), 1 Gurthro Steenkamp.
Subs: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 BJ Botha, 18 Flip van der Merwe, 19 Dewald Potgieter, 20 Ruan Pienaar, 21 Butch James, 22 Wynand Olivier.

Italy – 15 Luke McLean, 14 Michele Sepe, 13 Gonzalo Canale, 12 Andrea Masi, 11 Mirco Bergamasco, 10 Craig Gower, 9 Simon Picone, 8 Sergio Parisse (c), 7 Manoa Vosawai, 6 Paul Derbyshire, 5 Marco Bortolami, 4 Carlo del Fava, 3 Lorenzo Cittadini, 2 Fabio Ongaro, 1 Salvatore Perugini.
Subs: 16 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 17 Franco Sbaraglini, 18 Quintin Geldenhuys, 19 Alessandro Zanni, 20 Tito Tebaldi, 21 Riccardo Bocchino, 22 Matteo Pratichetti.