The teams make their way out onto the field. The Azzurri get a huge cheer as the veteran eighthman, Sergio Parisse leads them out.
There is a warm round of applause following the South African national anthem. Then, the crowd joins the Italian team in belting out theirs. We are nearly set for kick-off now.
Frenchman Romain Poite is today's referee. He has history with the Springboks, having controversially sent off Bismarck du Plessis against the All Blacks in 2013. His assistants are JP Doyle and Ben Whitehouse, while Eric Gauzins is the TMO.
Bongi Mbonambi makes his first Springbok start at hooker, while the versatile Pieter-Steph du Toit starts at openside flanker after missing the France test due to concussion. Full-back Warrick Gelant will make his first appearance for South Africa if he comes off the bench.
Angelo Esposito replaces Leonardo Sarto on the right wing for Italy. Sarto drops out of the matchday 23. In the forwards, Giovanni Licata starts on the blindside flank as Francesco Minto is relegated to the bench.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of this rugby test at the Stadio Euganeo in Padova as South Africa look to avenge last year's dreadful loss to Italy.
Etzebeth loses the ball forward in contact near his own 22. Italy have the early advantage.
Parisse whispers in Canna's ear and then the fly-half gets the game underway.
Italy take the ball through 11 phases before Violi puts a kick through. It goes into touch and South Africa stay solid on their defensive lineout. Pollard clears, but doesn't find touch.
Italy are doing most of the early attacking, with Violi's kicks putting the Springboks under pressure.
The first scrum of the match results in an Italian free-kick. Parisse kicks the ball into space and then it goes into touch off du Toit's foot.
The Azzurri win their attacking lineout and probe for a gap in the defence.
Parisse was penalised for offside, but we are going back for a lineout penalty against Etzebeth.
Italy think they have scored the first try of the game, but Poite's whistle had already sounded.
PENALTY, ITALY, CANNA! 3-0: Canna takes advantage, slotting the ball over. Italy draw first blood.
The two sides exchange a series of kicks. Now, it is South Africa on the ball inside Italy's half.
TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, LOUW! 3-5: South Africa build up patiently before Louw goes over from the pick-and-drive! Fantastic team try.
CONVERSION, SOUTH AFRICA, POLLARD! 3-7: Pollard, who struggled last weekend against France, gets his first points of this game.
Cronje is penalised and Italy kick for touch, setting up an attacking lineout.
There is no contest from South Africa at the lineout and Italy go right in front of the posts. Leyds intercepts a pass, but de Jager had earlier failed to roll away and thus gives away a penalty.
PENALTY, ITALY, CANNA! 6-7: Canna slots a simple penalty over the posts and there's only one point separating the sides.
Italy make a silly mistake deep inside their own territory from an attempted pick-and-go as they give away a scrum. From there, South Africa get the penalty advantage.
Mtawarira receives treatment on the field, but indicates that he is ok to continue.
TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, MBONAMBI! 6-12: South Africa kick for the corner, and from the attacking lineout, the forwards force their way over! Mbonambi scores on his first test start.
CONVERSION, SOUTH AFRICA, POLLARD! 6-14: Pollard strikes the ball sweetly and South Africa extend the lead beyond a converted try.
Italy put on a much-improved show at a scrum on South Africa's put-in, but Canna is penalised for offside.
Mtawarira is limping and South Africa bring Kitshoff on. The Beast gets a warm reception from the crowd.
South Africa are back on the attack, just outside Italy's 22.
Hayward clears for Italy. Mbonambi then goes over the top from a quickly-taken lineout. South Africa are on the front foot again.
TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, VENTER! 6-19: The try is given. There was no knock-on from Skosan.
South Africa get the advantage and Pollard hoists the ball. Skosan can't catch, but after a scramble, Venter seems to think he has scored the try! Poite goes upstairs.
CONVERSION, SOUTH AFRICA, POLLARD! 6-21: Pollard converts from out left after having kicked the ball there to set up the try.
Italy waste a promising attacking position as they lose the ball forward. Licata had initiated the attack for the Azzurri.
Etzebeth is penalised for a high tackle after Poite's consultation with Eric Gauzins.
The TMO is reviewing a tackle from Etzebeth on Parisse.
Italy come right back at the Springboks, but Pollard manages to clear once again. The fly-half has recovered well from last weekend's poor display.
The second half is underway.
HALF-TIME: ITALY 6-21 SOUTH AFRICA. The hosts started the half brightly, but the Springbok defence survived their onslaught. South Africa then went into the ascendancy, with Louw, Mbonambi and Venter grabbing tries ? all three of which were converted by Pollard.
Canna goes for posts, but his attempt goes wide and that's the last kick of the half.
South Africa win a penalty for a side-entry and kick for touch. They then win another penalty advantage.
TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, KITSHOFF! 6-26: Great work from the South African forwards again. Kitshoff is the man who powers over for the finish.
CONVERSION, SOUTH AFRICA, POLLARD! 6-28: Pollard strikes it well again and South Africa now lead by more than three converted tries.
Ferrari is penalised at the scrum on his own team's put-in. Pollard finds touch inside the Italian 22.
Italy have survived and now they are on the attack themselves near the Springbok 22. They are building up patiently.
Paige comes on for Cronje with Italy still piling on the pressure.
Italy inch closer and win a penalty. De Jager failed to roll away from the tackle.
At last, South Africa manage to clear. However, Italy come straight back at them.
Italy win their lineout and continue to look for a gap on the edge of the 22.
Gelant comes on for the Springboks, making his test debut. Italy have an attacking lineout.
McKinley puts a kick through, but it goes into touch and the Springboks have a defensive lineout.
Italy knock the ball on and now South Africa have a scrum. The Springboks have spent plenty of time on defence, but they have held firm.
Replacement hooker Ralepelle's throw is perfect, but Pollard's clearance is poor. Italy come back at the visitors.
Now South Africa are on the ball and will look to build something.
Minto comes on to replace Fuser for the Italians. Ghiraldini throws in from a defensive lineout and Italy secure it.
South Africa go on the attack and win the penalty advantage. Jantjies puts a kick through for Gelant, but he is just unable to control the ball and dot down for a try on debut.
The Springboks continue to pile the pressure on in attack. Du Toit makes way for Dan du Preez.
Mostert powers over from straight in front of the line and right near the posts! The pressure appears to have paid off. However, Poite is going upstairs to look for a shoulder charge.
CONVERSION, SOUTH AFRICA, JANTJIES! 6-35: Jantjies pops an easy kick over the posts.
TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, MOSTERT! 6-33: It is ruled that no contact was made and the try is awarded!
FULL-TIME: ITALY 6-35 SOUTH AFRICA. South Africa have their revenge on Italy. Having led 21-6 at half-time, the Springboks scored second half tries through Kitshoff and Mostert, both of which were converted. Pollard was the standout player for visitors.