Italy achieve first goal with Canada win as big-guns await

Captains Tyler Ardron and Dean Budd shake hands as referee Nigel Owens looks

Captains Tyler Ardron and Dean Budd shake hands as referee Nigel Owens looks

"We're at the World Cup to play against the best (and). for this game (against Italy) we were definitely not the favorites and that showed on the scoreboard", Ardron said.

Then, after hooker Luca Bigi had a try ruled out for not grounding the ball, Italy was given a penalty try when Heaton illegally sacked a maul. And from the very next movement, he picked up from the base of a scrum and crashed into the referee Nic Berry - the Australian official who may claim he deserves to be credited with a tackle on the statistics sheets.

A penalty try for an illegal tackle by Heaton ensured the bonus point for Italy and reduced Canada to 14-men with Heaton in the sin bin.

"He's a really good footballer, he created the last try". A lot of players are making their first matches at this level in a World Cup. "The important thing was to win, to take the five points". A number of guys played outside the team and played for themselves.

The Italians maintained the momentum from the restart and were quickly on the board through the boot of Tommaso Allan. Scrumhalf Tito Tebaldi darted down the left flank and dived over after receiving an improbable no-look pass from lock Federico Ruzza right on halftime.

Flanker Sebastian Negri's converted try made it 24-0 shortly after the break.

The former Ireland full-back praised the general quality of the facilities in Japan but acknowledged the set-piece was affected in his side's second win of the tournament.

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Eddie Jones's men made their forward dominance count, scoring seven tries at Kobe Misaki Stadium against the U.S., who played the final 10 minutes with 14 men after the tournament's first red card, with flanker John Quill sent off after a shoulder charge connected with Owen Farrell's head.

Namibia hadn't played a test since June, and was the lowest-ranked team at the tournament, at No. 23.

Coach Conor O'Shea revealed he had promised his team an "old-school night" after only a four-day turnaround between games, which he said was "tough for any team, mentally as well as physically". "They exposed us when they had their chances and we didn't finish when we had ours".

"We didn't deliberately go out to get beaten, but we deliberately played a game away from our strengths to make a message to the team about how we were going to play".

Italy sent out a clear statement of intent when they dismissed Canada 48-7 in Fukuoka City on Thursday. "They all held down day jobs", said Jones. "We played in Kobe with Japan in the autumn of 2014", the Australian said.

"For as long as I can remember, tier-two teams, or as people like to refer to us, have been moaning and crying for more opportunities to play against tier-one teams, so when we're drawn in a pool like this we see it as an exciting opportunity".

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