Italy scraped a victory they didn’t really deserve against Canada in Pool D of the World Cup. Canada opened the scoring with a penalty, claimed the kick off from the restart and then scored a try from just inside their 22. Italy soon responded with an excellent try of their own from around the halfway line. The scores remained close, with a Canadian penalty with 10 minutes left narrowing the score to 20-18, but Italy managed the clock and territory well in the final 10 minutes; they didn’t give Canada a chance to score, kicked penalties for lineouts to use up the time and scored a penalty with the last kick of the game.
Italy were quite poor today, but had enough experience to hold on at the end. It is difficult to see how they will progress from Pool D as I would expect Ireland to beat them quite comfortably based on that performance. Canada battled well, made several great line breaks and were full of exciting rugby from their backline. The game against France will be tough for them, but they must stand an excellent chance against Romania.