Schalk Burger and Breyton Paulse also enjoyed South Africa's victory (@BreytonPaulse on Twitter)
So does Heyneke deserve credit for picking Willie, or take flak for sticking with Zane for so damn long? - @FrontRowGrunt
This young fan was happy with the Springbok effort (Gallo Images)
"We had bit of a slump in the middle stages of the game but I thought we came back well towards the latter part of the second half. The substitutes that came on made a big impact," said skipper Jean de Villiers.
"A good starting block. We'll take the good out of this game and work on the negatives," said man-of-the-match Bryan Habana.
Solid enough start for Boks. Some nice running rugby for a change... - herman_mostert
Willie le Roux! Bok for life! - @david_moseley
18:58 - PICTURE
Basson more than made up for his yellow card with a stellar second half display... (Gallo Images)
Great try to #Springboks as Jean de Villiers gets tryline clearance from Bjorn Basson! Bonus point try to the Boks - @bokrugby
Just because Os says so, Coenie is now a world class tighthead. Well, here I'd the truth. He is not! - @FrontRowGrunt
18:51 - Fourth scrum penalty against the Springboks!
"Jano Vermaak is really uncomfortable. What a sad end to his debut," says commentator Bob Skinstad.
Jano's hammie is gone - @RuggaWorld
Not sure this Italian second wind was expected ... - @RobHouwing
Whole new front row works out well for Italy ... Despatched the Boks ... It's ok though, Castro only has 1 or 2 goodies per game these days - @FrontRowGrunt
2nd high tackle a yellow card? Must be a new rule - @sportbillysays
Wonderful reffing to yellow card a second high tackle from the Boks. Should be applauded, stamped out of the game and far more common - @GarethRosslee
18:25 - PICTURE
Bok try scorer JJ Engelbrecht (Gallo Images)
"Yes we're very happy. We will not change too much in second half. Just be more clinical and finish our opportunities," said Bok forwards coach Johan van Graan
Half time interviews for me take away from the "seriousness" of Test rugby... - @CindyPoluta
Scrum looking good. Let's hope its for keeps - @Zels77
Boks started like a house on fire, but lost a bit of composure late in the 1st half - @King365ed
Fighting a lone battle... Italian captain Sergio Parisse (Gallo Images)
Bloody hell, awesome to see our boys for once accelerating into contact, such a huge part of dominating contact - @Rugga World
"Things getting a little unstructured on defence for the Boks. Italy starting to get a sniff of the possession," says commentator Matthew Pierce.
What time is it? It is JJ time as the Springbok outside centre race in for his first test try. Great work by Habana, Steyn converts 20-0 - @bokrugby
And The White Snake strikes first!! - @Rob_Ebersohn
2 touches for Le Roux, 2 kicks ... But both with attacking intent ... Boks looking sharp, and looking like they want to be out there - @FrontRowGrunt
#BoksvItaly Le Roux's had more touches on debut in the opening 8 minutes of Test rugby, save for a scrumhalf, that you're ever likely to see - @JeanSmyth
@FrontRowGrunt I was very keen to go to the test, but I was priced out at R450/ticket! - @darranstone
Castrogiovani is a bit of a myth these days ... Not surprised he can't make the starting lineup ... It's Bok Test No. 1 of the year! - @FrontRowGrunt
Love the way the Zulu warrior went right through the middle of the Italians. Welcome to Africa! - @SimonBorchardt
This fan says the Boks will win 45-12!
#BoksvItaly The Boks leave the field, with Jano Vermaak finishing with a few box-kicks, while Italy run their last few patterns - @EWNsport
Nick Mallett says he is a little but nervous about today's game. "It's a very good Italian side. We have to take them on at their strengths - that is up front to give Morne Steyn good front-foot ball. But I think South Africa can win by 15-20 points."
It's season start for the #springboks , exciting looking squad - hit it fellas !! #springbokhonour - enjoy the season !! - @BobSkinstad
"I've got great feeling about this team. But it's going to be tough. Italy is a quality team," Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer about his new-look team.
"Yes (but) Pierre Spies needs to work harder when he doesn't have the ball," in-studio SuperSport pundit Nick Mallett responds after Naas Botha said Spies is an exceptional player.
#BoksvItaly As always the Boks warm-up with an extra back & forward in case of emergencies. Today they are Siya Kolisi and FrancoisHougaard - @JeanSmyth
Liesie Els is ready for the game. No doubt who she is backing...
Samoa beat Scotland 27-17 in poor game - neither can live with the Boks. Let's hope Italy have more in the tank - @retiefdan
15 Willie le Roux, 14 Bryan Habana, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Arno Botha, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Juandré Kruger, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Beast Mtawarira
Substitutes: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 Flip van der Merwe, 20 Marcell Coetzee, 21 Ruan Pienaar, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Jan Serfontein
15 Andrea Masi, 14 Giovanbattista Venditti, 13 Luca Morisi, 12 Alberto Sgarbi, 11 Luke Mclean, 10 Alberto Di Bernardo, 9 Edoardo Gori, 8 Sergio Parisse (captain), 7 Robert Barbieri, 6 Alessandro Zanni, 5 Marco Bortolami, 4 Antonio Pavanello, 3 Lorenzo Cittadini, 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 1 Alberto De Marchi
Substitutes: 16 Davide Giazzon, 17 Matias Aguero, 18 Martin Castrogiovanni, 19 Valerio Bernabo, 20 Joshua Furno, 21 Tobias Botes, 22 Luciano Orquera, 23 Tommaso Iannone
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