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Unpolished Australia scrape home in Italy




Australia were erratic but managed to get their first win on this years tour when they took on Italy in Rome on Saturday.

Australia captain Stirling Mortlock scored a try and contributed a further 10 points with his boot after a monthlong injury layoff.

Mat Rogers’ and Guy Shepherdson’s tries helped Australia overcome six penalties from Italy flyhalf Ramiro Pez.

“Unfortunately tonight we were a little bit off our game,” Mortlock said. “We only played for about 20 minutes at our top level and still came away with the win so we were a bit fortunate today.”


Italy: Peens, Robertson, Canale, M. Bergamasco, Canavosio, Pez, Griffen, Lo Cicero, Festuccia, Castrogiovanni, Dellape, Bortolami, Zanni, M. Bergamasco, Parisse.
Replacements: Ghiraldini, Nieto, Del Fava, Sole, Picone, Scanavacca, Pozzebon.

Australia: Latham, Rathbone, Mortlock, Larkham, Tuqiri, Rogers, Giteau, Baxter, Cannon, Shepherdson, Chisholm, Sharpe, Elsom, Smith, Palu.
Replacements: Moore, N. Henderson, Campbell, Hoiles, Valentine, Gerrard, Shepherd.

Italy 18 (15)
Pens: Pez (6)

Australia 25 (13)
Tries: Rogers, Shepherdson, Mortlock
Cons: Mortlock (2)
Pens: Mortlock (2)

Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)

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