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Nine-try Springboks turn on the style in second half to hammer Italy

Nine-try Springboks turn on the style in second half to hammer Italy
Springbok winger Kurt-Lee Arendse on the charge. (Photo by Roberto Bregani/Gallo Images)
Springbok winger Kurt-Lee Arendse on the charge. (Photo by Roberto Bregani/Gallo Images)
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19 Nov 2022

The Springboks brought high-flying Italy down to earth with a bruising and dismissive 63-21 win at a cold and breezy Genoa on Saturday afternoon.
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19 Nov 2022

A terrific second half from the Springboks saw them put Italy to the sword.

The Bok backs had a field day and showed what they can do when given license to attack.

The Bok Bomb Squad also did a terrific job in the second stanza as a shell-shocked Italy were overpowered physically.

Scorers:

Italy 21 (13)

Tries: Ange Capuozzo, Lorenzo Cannone

Conversion: Tommaso Allan

Penalties: Allan (3)

SA 63 (18)

Tries: Kurt-Lee Arendse (2), Bongi Mbonambi, Cheslin Kolbe, Kwagga Smith, Malcolm Marx, Steven Kitshoff, Damian Willemse, Cobus Reinach 

Conversions: Cheslin Kolbe, Manie Libbok (5)

Penalty: Kolbe (2)

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FULL-TIME: Italy 21-63 South Africa

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80' - Libbok chips over the CONVERSION to end the game.

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79' - TRY to the Springboks as Cobus Reinach rounds off a terrific move! It was a great break from inside his own half by Arendse, before he put Reinach away...

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78' - Give credit where credit is due, it's been a terrific performance from the Boks in the second half.

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78' - Working in tandem, Marx and Roos win a penalty on the ground to bring defensive relief for the Boks.

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76' - Italy with an attacking chance close to the Bok tryline. They win a penalty and set up a five-metre lineout.

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74' - Libbok slots the CONVERSION from out wide.

Italy 21-56 SA

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72' - TRY to the Springboks as Damian Willemse rounds off a slick backline move to go over in the corner!

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Padovani leaves the field on a stretcher. 

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70' - A bit of a break now as Italy replacement fullback Edoardo Padovani receives attention for what looks like a neck injury. He got injured while attempting to tackle Willie le Roux from the kick-off.

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69' - CONVERSION slotted by Libbok.

Italy 21-49 SA

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69' - TRY to the Springboks as Steven Kitshoff goes over close to the posts! Helter-skelter stuff now as the game has completely opened up.

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68' - Bok sub: Cobus Reinach on for Faf de Klerk at scrumhalf.

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66' - Allan also pulls his conversion attempt to the left.

Italy 21-42 SA

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65' - TRY to Italy as No 8 Lorenzo Cannone rounds off a great team try. Great interplay between the whole team there.

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63' - Libbok pulls his conversion attempt away to the left.

Italy 16-42 SA

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62' - TRY to the Springboks as Malcolm Marx powers barges over after a lineout drive!

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61' - METRES MADE ON ATTACK

Italy 232m

SA 646m

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61' - Relentless pressure now from the Boks in the Italy 22m area.


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59' - Bok sub: Evan Roos on for Jasper Wiese at No 8.

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55' - CONVERSION slotted by Libbok.

Italy 16-37 SA

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54' - TRY to the Springboks as Kwagga Smith barges over next to the posts!

It comes after relentless Bok pressure.

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52' - Kwagga Smith has also replaced Marvin Orie for the Boks.

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50' - A front row change for the Boks with Malcolm Marx, Steven Kitshoff and Vincent Koch all on.

Frans Malherbe, Bongi Mbonambi, and Ox Nche off.

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50' - Libbok slots the CONVERSION from the corner!

Italy 16-30 SA

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48' - TRY to the Springboks as Kurt-Lee Arendse rounds off a terrific team try in the corner!

It was started by great counter-attacking from Libbok.

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46' - Kolbe limps off with what looks like a hamstring injury. Manie Libbok replaces him.

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45' - De Klerk misses the conversion from out wide.

Italy 16-23 SA

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Great opportunism!

But Kolbe is now grabbing at his hamstring, which means Faf de Klerk will kick for goal.

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44' - TRY to the Springboks as Cheslin Kolbe steals the Italian ball from the kick-off to score!

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44' - Allan chips over the easy PENALTY.

Italy 16-18 SA

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43' - A kickable penalty for Italy as De Klerk and Mostert are caught off-side - in front of their own kicker...

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42' - Bok sub: Etzebeth replaces Moerat at lock.

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The Springboks are playing with the wind at their backs in the second stanza...

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Welcome back for the second half!

Italy flyhalf Tommaso Allan restarts proceedings.

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Mike Adamson from Scotland is the referee. His assistants are Matthew Carley (England) and Sam Grove-White (Scotland), while Eriz Gauzins is the TMO.
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Italy: 15 Ange Capuozzo, 14 Pierre Bruno, 13 Juan Ignacio Brex, 12 Luca Morisi, 11 Montanna Ioane, 10 Tommaso Allan, 9 Stephen Varney, 8 Lorenzo Cannone, 7 Michele Lamaro (c), 6 Sebastian Negri, 5 Federico Ruzza, 4 Niccolò Cannone, 3 Pietro Ceccarelli, 2 Giacomo Nicotera, 1 Danilo Fischetti. Replacements: 16 Gianmarco Lucchesi, 17 Ivan Nemer, 18 Simone Ferrari, 19 David Sisi, 20 Manuel Zuliani, 21 Alessandro Garbisi, 22 Edoardo Padovani, 23 Tommaso Menoncello
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South Africa: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 Damian de Allende, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Kurt-Lee Arendse, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Jasper Wiese, 7 Franco Mostert, 6 Siya Kolisi (c), 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Salmaan Moerat, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Ox Nche. Replacements: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Eben Etzebeth, 20 Kwagga Smith, 21 Evan Roos, 22 Cobus Reinach, 23 Manie Libbok
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Hello and welcome to our coverage of this rugby international between the Springboks and their hosts, Italy, at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.
1'
KICK-OFF! We're underway with the Springboks immediately on the front foot from Willemse's kick-off.
2'
TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, ARENDSE! 0-5: Pressure builds following a lineout and the Springboks are too much for the Italy defence. Arendse evades a tackle to go over in the left corner! Lovely work from Willemse in the build-up.
4'
Kolbe misses the conversion, so the score remains 0-5.
9'
PENALTY, ITALY, ALLAN! 3-5: Allan gets Italy on the board from the kicking tee straight in front.
11'
PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, KOLBE! 3-8: The Springboks respond in kind as Kolbe kicks one over.
14'
TRY, ITALY, CAPUOZZO! 8-8: It all starts with a knock-on from the kick-off and the Springboks are punished. Capuozzo slices through the Springbok defence and goes over to bring Italy level with the conversion to come!
15'
CONVERSION, ITALY, ALLAN! 10-8: Allan knocks the extras over for Italy.
21'
PENALTY, ITALY, ALLAN! 13-8: The Springboks are getting frustrated and they've been penalised for offside. Allan steps up and puts three more on the board!
26'
PENALTY, SPRINGBOKS, KOLBE! 13-11: Kolbe's penalty means it's a two-point ball game again.
30'
TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, MBONAMBI! 13-16: Mbonambi burrows over from close range! We go upstairs to check if that's a double-movement, but it's not and the try is good!
31'
CONVERSION, SPRINGBOKS, KOLBE! 13-18: Kolbe extends the lead to five points.
33'
Italy pile pressure on the Springboks again as they win their attacking lineout. The defence holds firm for the moment!
38'
The Springboks survive the spell of pressure and they will look to launch something from a lineout on their own 10m line.
41'
Off we go for the start of the second half. It's been a topsy-turvy encounter so far -- real end-to-end action -- and this game is still in the balance. It's vital for the Springboks that they get a win on the board after heartbreaking defeats against Ireland and France in their first two matches of their end-of-year tour.
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HALF-TIME: ITALY 13-18 SOUTH AFRICA. The Boks head into the break five points to the good. They suffered a traumatic defeat to Italy during the Allister Coetzee era and there were signs in the early minutes that a repeat might be on the cards, but the Boks battled back with Mbonambi getting their second try after Arendse opened the scoring and Capuozzo responded.
43'
The Springboks have brought Etzebeth, who has probably been their standout player this year, on in place of Moerat.
45'
PENALTY, ITALY, ALLAN! 16-18: Faf de Klerk is penalised and Allan steps up to the tee and knocks the penalty over from in front, 32 metres from posts.
46'
TRY, SPRINGBOKS, KOLBE! 16-23: Wonderful from Kolbe as he beats Morisi to the ball from the kick-off and goes all the way for a crucial try! However, he appears to injure himself in the process and de Klerk has to take the conversion, which he misses. Manie Libbok will come on for his second test cap with the Springboks in need of a kicker.
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TRY, SPRINGBOKS, ARENDSE! 16-28: Wonderful move from the Springboks with Libbok at the heart of it all. The last pass is from Kolisi, who feeds Arendse to score almost a carbon copy of his first finish of the game at the other end of the field!
51'
CONVERSION, SPRINGBOKS, LIBBOK! 16-30: First test points for Libbok as he nails the conversion from near the touchline.
55'
TRY, SPRINGBOKS, SMITH! 16-35: Wiese takes the ball from an attacking lineout and Etzebeth peels away. Italy are at sixes and sevens and Smith gets the finish! Italy have fought valiantly but it will be extremely difficult for them to come back from here.
56'
CONVERSION, SPRINGBOKS, LIBBOK! 16-37: No mistake from Libbok yet again.
60'
Jasper Wiese is replaced by the promising 22-year-old Evan Roos, who has been so influential for United Rugby Championship holders the Stormers.
63'
TRY, SPRINGBOKS, MARX! 16-42: The Springbok maul is too strong to stop for the Italians as Marx goes over for the try!
64'
For the first time since he came on today, Libbok misses the conversion, pulling his kick wide. The Springboks lead by 26.
66'
TRY, ITALY, L. CANNONE! 21-42: Great team try from the Azzurri as a cross-kick puts them on the front foot. Ferrari is stopped just short of the line, but Lorenzo Cannone picks up and goes over!
67'
No conversion from Allan this time, so the score remains 21-42.
70'
TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, KITSHOFF! 21-47: Nice, low body position from Kitshoff as he forces his way over for an immediate response from the Boks!
71'
Padovani is stretchered off for Italy after a lengthy injury stoppage. He gets a warm reception from the crowd, as he should.
71'
CONVERSION, SPRINGBOKS, LIBBOK! 21-49: Libbok converts for the Boks this time.
73'
TRY, SPRINGBOKS, WILLEMSE! 21-54: Willemse is sent into space out wide and gets South Africa's eighth try today!
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CONVERSION, SPRINGBOKS, LIBBOK! 21-56: Great kick from Libbok out wide as he knocks over the extras again.
80'
TRY, SPRINGBOKS, REINACH! 21-61: Kolisi's pass sends Arendse away as he weaves through the Italy defence and throws the inside pass to Reinach for the finish! Wonderful try -- possibly the best of the lot today!
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CONVERSION, SPRINGBOKS, LIBBOK! 21-63: Libbok slots the conversion over with the last kick of the game.
Italy
Italy
South Africa
South Africa
2
Tries
9
11' Capuozzo Ange
66' Cannone Lorenzo
2' Arendse Kurt-Lee
30' Mbonambi Bongi
45' Kolbe Cheslin
48' Arendse Kurt-Lee
55' Smith Kwagga
63' Marx Malcolm
70' Kitshoff Steven
73' Willemse Damian
79' Reinach Cobus
1
Conversions
6
12' Allan Tommaso
31' Kolbe Cheslin
49' Libbok Manie
56' Libbok Manie
71' Libbok Manie
74' Libbok Manie
80' Libbok Manie
3
Penalties
2
8' Allan Tommaso
21' Allan Tommaso
45' Allan Tommaso
10' Kolbe Cheslin
26' Kolbe Cheslin
0
Drop Goals
0
0
Yellow Cards
0
0
Red Cards
0
15
Squad
15
Fischetti Danilo
Nicotera Giacomo
Ceccarelli Pietro
Cannone Niccolo
Ruzza Federico
Negri Sebastian
Lamaro Michele
Cannone Lorenzo
Varney Stephen
Allan Tommaso
Ioane Monty
Morisi Luca
Juan Ignacio Brex
Bruno Pierre
Capuozzo Ange
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Nche Ox
Mbonambi Bongi
Malherbe Frans
Moerat Salmaan
Orie Marvin
Kolisi Siya
Mostert Franco
Wiese Jasper
de Klerk Faf
Willemse Damian
Arendse Kurt-Lee
Esterhuizen Andre
de Allende Damian
Kolbe Cheslin
Le Roux Willie
8
Reserves
8
Ferrari Simone
Sisi David
Padovani Edoardo
Nemer Ivan
Zuliani Manuel
Lucchesi Gianmarco
Menoncello Tommaso
Garbisi Alessandro
18
19
22
17
20
16
23
21
Koch Vincent
Marx Malcolm
Libbok Manie
Etzebeth Eben
Kitshoff Steven
Smith Kwagga
Reinach Cobus
Roos Evan