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Italy are hosting South Africa in Genoa aiming to build on their famous win over Australia last weekend.
The Azzurri beat the Wallabies for the first time in their history as they clinched a thrilling 28-27 victory in Florence, having thrashed Tonga a week earlier, and will be hoping full-back Ange Capuozzo can find more inspired form against South Africa today. Coach Kieran Crowley has got the Italians looking more competitive than ever and their recent form, coupled with a stunning win over Wales earlier in the year, makes them dangerous opponents right now.
The Springboks are a wounded animal, having suffered defeats by France and Ireland already this autumn in tight contests, and are desperate to finally get a win on the board ahead of a meeting with England next weekend.
Follow the score and latest action from the rugby autumn international between Italy and South Africa below:
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WATCH: Arendse’s second score
Here was Arendse going over in the corner for his second score of the day and the one that probably secured victory for the Springboks.
Luke Baker19 November 2022 15:00
FULL-TIME! Italy 21-63 South Africa
And that’s it! Second-half domination by the Springboks gives them a big win, although the final scoreline is slightly flattering, while being harsh on Italy.
But the Boks desperately needed a win after back-to-back frustrating defeats and they got it in style.
Luke Baker19 November 2022 14:52
TRY! Italy 21-63 SOUTH AFRICA (Reinach, 79 mins)
What a finish by the Springboks! Mannie Libbok throws a sensational long pass off his left hand that freezes the Italy defence, Kolisi helps it on to Arendse who scythes through the line, draws the final man and flicks inside to the supporting Cobus Reinach for the run-in. Gorgeous try.
Libbok adds the extras with the final play.
Luke Baker19 November 2022 14:51
Italy 21-56 South Africa, 78 mins
It’s a messy lineout. Etzebeth competes in the air to disrupt it and the Springboks then get two men over the ball at the breakdown to win the penalty – one of whom is Marx. Just world-class lineout defence from the Boks.
Luke Baker19 November 2022 14:48
Italy 21-56 South Africa, 77 mins
Lineout safely taken and the maul takes the Azzurri within five metres, with a penalty also coming. Forwards going nowhere with their carries, so they take the penalty and it’s another five-metre lineout.
Luke Baker19 November 2022 14:46
Italy 21-56 South Africa, 76 mins
Can Italy finish with a bit of a flourish? The Boks are pinged for offside and Tommy Allan kicks to the corner. Time for your best lineout play, Azzurri.
Luke Baker19 November 2022 14:45
TRY! Italy 21-56 SOUTH AFRICA (Willemse, 73 mins)
Too easy really. A great strike play from the scrum.
The scrum dominates and there’s a penalty coming but the Boks don’t need it as they throw the ball wide to the left, Le Roux straightens up and flings the final pass to fly-half Damian Willemse, who finds himself out on the wing and strolls over in the corner.
Libbok brilliantly curls the touchline conversion between the posts.
Luke Baker19 November 2022 14:42
Italy 21-49 South Africa, 72 mins
Capuozzo goes for an offload to Bruno on his own 22 but the ball goes forward and South Africa have an attacking scrum. A chance for the bomb squad to bare their teeth!
Luke Baker19 November 2022 14:42
Italy 21-49 South Africa, 70 mins
Concerning scenes in Genoa as Edoardo Padovani gets his head on the wrong side in the tackle as he tries to bring down Willie Le Roux and the medics immediately rush on.
A break in play as they get Padovani strapped on to the stretcher, keeping his head and neck stable and take him off the field. He may even have been knocked unconscious when his head made contact, so definitely the right thing to do to take their time with it. He’s clapped off the field
Luke Baker19 November 2022 14:41
TRY! Italy 21-49 SOUTH AFRICA (Kitshoff, 69 mins)
The Springboks straight back to work though. Italy try to play from deep but the ball pops loose from the grasp of David Sisi on the floor, South Africa collect and pop a couple of passes that end with the flame-haired Steven Kitshoff burning his way across the whitewash.
The Boks are unstoppable from that range and Libbok adds the conversion.
Luke Baker19 November 2022 14:34