Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Australia score late tries to see off Italy

Australia score late tries to see off Italy

Australia rebounded from their surprise 24-19 loss to Scotland last week, but the labored win over 15th-ranked Italy will do little for their confidence ahead of bigger Tests against world champions New Zealand in the Rugby Championship. Some horrendous handling in the first few minutes gave Italy every opportunity to score, and only a controversial call by the TMO prevented the Azzurri from registering the first try of the game.

A Bernard Foley inside ball put Dane Haylett-Petty in danger as the Wallabies started to find their spark, fittingly finished off by Israel Folau in the left corner, opening up an 11-point lead. It's even more so exciting when you get to go out there and score some tries.

Hunt was again one of the Wallabies' better players, with Rob Horne outside him delivering a solid performance after a shock call-up.

However, Italy also ended the match with 14 men and they were unable to maintain their charge, Bernard Foley and Reece Hodge going over late to make sure of success for the Wallabies.

Latu is arguably the most promising hooker in Australian rugby, yet he was omitted from the squads to play Fiji, Scotland and Italy and has seemingly slid further down the pecking order behind Stephen Moore and veteran Tatafu Polota-Nau.

O'Shea said: "I am proud of what the boys did today and throughout the tour".

"We've got to respect the opponent".

The winger's afternoon came to an unfortunate end, though, with Naivalu exiting after twisting his leg in a collision.

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But the tourists struck back with tries to fullback Edoardo Padovani (64th minute) and replacement Tommaso Benvenuti (68th) in quick succession - one from a Wallabies fumble, the other an intercept - to set up a nerve-wracking finish.

"Probably we deserved to be awarded a try in the first 10 minutes of the game but what I'm most proud of is we played a very committed game and pushed the Wallabies to their limit".

Things were unravelling for Australia, as they continued their trend of creating their own misfortune, Toby Smith yellow carded in the 74th minute before Italian Abraham Steyn was sent to the bin as well.

"That way you get out of that wave of up and down, up and down".

"Then, from there, it'll be how good as footballers we are".

"Those types of things hurt us in the game".

The Wallabies players return to Super Rugby next month for the final two rounds of the regular season.

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