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LIVE SCORING from the Springboks v Italy Test in Durban

19:20 - South Africa's next Test is against Scotland at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit next Saturday. Visit Sport24 again for more interactive commentary...

19:19 - While Bryan Habana received the man-of-the-match award, pundits were impressed by the performance of loose forward Arno Botha...

19:17 - PICTURE

Schalk Burger and Breyton Paulse also enjoyed South Africa's victory (@BreytonPaulse on Twitter)

19:16 - TWEET

So does Heyneke deserve credit for picking Willie, or take flak for sticking with Zane for so damn long? - @FrontRowGrunt

19:12 - PICTURE

This young fan was happy with the Springbok effort (Gallo Images)

19:07 - QUOTES:

"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.

19:05 - TWEETS

Solid enough start for Boks. Some nice running rugby for a change... - herman_mostert

Willie le Roux! Bok for life! - @david_moseley

19:00 - Italy knock the ball on with one last attempted attack. GAME OVER: South Africa 44-10 Italy.

18:58 - PICTURE

Basson more than made up for his yellow card with a stellar second half display... (Gallo Images)

18:58 - Lambie CONVERTS for a 44-10 lead with one minute left.

18:57 - Intercept TRY from Bjorn Basson!

18:57 - Patrick Lambie has come on to the field with five minutes to play. He replaces flyhalf Steyn.

18:56 - TWEET

Great try to #Springboks as Jean de Villiers gets tryline clearance from Bjorn Basson! Bonus point try to the Boks - @bokrugby

18:55 - Steyn CONVERTS. South Africa 37-10 Italy with five minutes remaining.

18:52 - TRY to South Africa by captain Jean de Villiers. An excellent backline move from the Springboks with the ball going through the hands beautifully. The referee asks for the TMO to check for a forward pass but the try stands.

18:50 - TWEET

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!

18:49 - Engelbrecht now replaced by Bulls team-mate Jan Serfontein, who makes his debut.

18:47 - A brilliant run from Willie le Roux sees Engelbrecht almost in at the corner. Unfortunately he knocks it on...again

18:46 - Another massive scrum from Italy! South Africa's Coenie Oosthuizen penalised with 10 minutes remaining.

18:45 - TWEET

Habana thankfully breathes some life into this game. SA 30-10 up - @followthebounce

18:42 - The Boks nearly score from the ensuing kick-off. Bjorn Basson and JJ Engelbrecht chase a kick up field but unfortunately Engelbrecht knocks the ball on with the tryline begging... Five-metre scrum for Italy.

18:40 - CONVERSION by Steyn. 30-10 to SA with 13 minutes left.

18:39 - TRY for Bryan Habana! He finishes under the posts after a brilliant individual run from inside his own half. His 48th Springbok try.

18:40 - SA-born Tobie Botes now on at scrumhalf for Italy...

18:38 - PENALTY converted by Steyn. SA 23-10.

18:37 - Francois Louw about to come back on as the Boks receive a penalty. Steyn lines up with an angled kick about 20m out...

18:35 - QUOTE

"Jano Vermaak is really uncomfortable. What a sad end to his debut," says commentator Bob Skinstad.

18:35 - TWEET

Jano's hammie is gone - @RuggaWorld

18:34 - Ruan Pienaar now on at scrumhalf. He replaces debutant Jano Vermaak who appears to have pulled a hamstring.

18:32 - PENALTY converted by Di Bernardo. SA 20-10. It's all Italy in the second half.

18:30 - Italy again camping on the Bok line as they receive a penalty...

18:29 - TWEET

Not sure this Italian second wind was expected ... - @RobHouwing

18:28 - Marcell Coetzee now on for Francois Louw as Bjorn Basson also returns from the sin-bin. 15 against 15 again. The Boks need to do some playing now!

18:26 - TWEET

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

18:23 - Surprise surprise. Veteran prop Martin Castrogiovanni comes on and Italy demolish the Boks in his first scrum!

18:22 - Almost 10 minutes in the second half and not a scrap of possession for South Africa so far!

18:21 - Alberto Di Bernardo CONVERTS. South Africa 20-7 Italy after 48 minutes.

18:19 - TRY to Italy inside centre Alberto Sgarbi. He scores after a flamboyant through-the-legs pass from skipper Parisse.

18:18 - Italy attacking close to the Bok line...

18:16 - TWEETS

2nd high tackle a yellow card? Must be a new rule -

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

18:15 - YELLOW CARD to Bok wing Bjorn Basson. He pays the price for a second high tackle from the team! A bit harsh perhaps...

18:12 - Second half underway...

18:25 - PICTURE

Bok try scorer JJ Engelbrecht (Gallo Images)

18:11 - QUOTE

"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

18:10 - TWEETS

Half time interviews for me take away from the "seriousness" of Test rugby... - @CindyPoluta

Scrum looking good. Let's hope its for keeps - @Zels77

18:05 - Meanwhile, our national soccer team, Bafana Bafana, have beaten the Central African Republic 3-0 in their Soccer World Cup qualifier! Click here for the full story.

18:01 - TWEET

Boks started like a house on fire, but lost a bit of composure late in the 1st half - @King365ed

17:59 - HALF-TIME: Springboks 20-0 Italy

17:59 - But they lose the ball from the ensuing lineout. Scrum to South Africa on the stroke of half-time as Jano Vermaak boots it out.

17:58 - Italy receive a penalty 30m out with two minutes before half-time. They opt to set up a lineout...

17:54 - PICTURE

Fighting a lone battle... Italian captain Sergio Parisse (Gallo Images)

17:52 - TWEET

Bloody hell, awesome to see our boys for once accelerating into contact, such a huge part of dominating contact - @Rugga World

17:51 - But a counter attack sees the Boks surge up-field...

17:49 - QUOTE

"Things getting a little unstructured on defence for the Boks. Italy starting to get a sniff of the possession," says commentator Matthew Pierce.

17:46 - Flyhalf Alberto Di Bernardo misses with the penalty attempt though. He is surely nervous as this is his Test debut.

17:44 - First real chance for Italy as captain Sergio Parisse bursts through inside the Bok 22m area. He is stopped but Italy receive a penalty...

17:43 - TWEET

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

17:41 - CONVERSION by Steyn from in front. 20-0 after 23 minutes.

17:40 - TRY to the Boks by wing JJ Engelbrecht. He runs 35m to score after a brilliant break from wing Bryan Habana.

17:37 - Another attacking lineout for the hosts close to the Italian tryline...

17:33 - TWEET: Is Adriaan Strauss the white snake?

And The White Snake strikes first!! - @Rob_Ebersohn

17:32 - CONVERSION by Steyn. 13-0 for the Boks.

17:31 - TRY for South Africa by hooker Adriaan Strauss. He dives over after a dominant rolling maul from a lineout...

17:30 - YELLOW CARD for Italian lock Marco Bortolami after he goes off-side in the SA 22m area...

17:26 - PENALTY converted by Steyn. South Africa lead 6-0.

17:26 - Good solid start by South Africa as Steyn lines up another penalty from in front...

17:25 - TWEETS

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

17:23 - Attacking chance for South Africa but Pierre Spies drops a regulation catch on the Italian 22m line...


@FrontRowGrunt I was very keen to go to the test, but I was priced out at R450/ticket! - @darranstone

17:19 - First blood to South Africa as Morne Steyn converts a PENALTY from in front. 3-0 to the Boks! Francois Louw won the penalty on the ground for the home side.

17:17 - Early attacking lineout for South Africa after Italy fail to catch the kick-off...

17:15 - Play starts as Morne Steyn kicks off. It's a cloudy Durban but luckily no rain...

17:11 - The teams are on the field as the Italian national anthem starts...

17:09 - TWEETS

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!

17:03 - TWEET

#BoksvItaly The Boks leave the field, with Jano Vermaak finishing with a few box-kicks, while Italy run their last few patterns - @EWNsport

17:00 - QUOTE

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."

16:59 - TWEET

It's season start for the #springboks , exciting looking squad - hit it fellas !!  #springbokhonour - enjoy the season !! -

16:51 - QUOTES

"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.

16:43 - TWEET

#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...

16:33 - TWEET

Samoa beat Scotland 27-17 in poor game - neither can live with the Boks. Let's hope Italy have more in the tank - @retiefdan


South Africa:
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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