12 Aug 2016 – SA International Series SA A vs Italy Match Report

Italy 23 - 20 SA Schools "A"

With the weather still a big factor Italy "surprised" all by dominating SA "A"  side, who seamed to struggle in all facets of the game. South African rugby public is getting used to see our sides physically dominated by all, in search of this ridiculous game plan.

The informed flyhalf Antonio Rizzi made sure his side took most of the point with his boot while No.8 Giovanni Licata put in all the hard work as he had the upper hand at the breakdown.

The first ten minutes of play saw the Italians score after a sustained period of pressure using their forwards to make the hard yards before spreading it wide. The Italians scored thanks to a try by wing Giovanni D’Onofrio in the corner with flyhalf Antonio Rizzi converting, 7-0. twenty minutes in the game saw Giovanni D’Onofrio's scoring his second try. The Italians was cruising leading 17 - 0 after an earlier penalty.

At this stage Italy was dominating all facets of play. Minutes later Lubabalo Dobela intercepted a poor Italian pass and after some slick handling saw the speedster Cameron Hufke scoring the home team's first try and narrow the score, 5-17. After this try SA "A" seemed to improve by the minute. Lubabalo Dobela, SA "A"'s flyhalf slotted over an easy penalty on the stroke of halftime.

The second half commenced where the first half started. Italy playing with 14 men continued to dominate. Rizi converted a penalty after 12 minutes in the second half to give the Italians a lead of 20 - 8.

Italy’s fierce defending was exceptional, but the fresh legs introduced early in the second half saw a resurgent SA "A" starting to apply pressure which would eventually saw scrumhalf Sanele Nohamba make a gutsy run beating two defenders to score. Abner van Heerden converted to reduced Italy's lead to 20 - 15. 

Abner van Heerden scored a try after some excellent handling by SA "A" only to miss the conversion. With the match tied at 20 - 20 and SA "A" playing some good rugby a victory was in sight. Flyhalf  Rizzi converted an easy penalty to give Italy a 23 - 20 lead, which was also the final score.

 
MATCH SUMMARY
 
 
TEAMS SA Schools A vs Italy U19
VENUE City Park Stadium, Crawford, Cape Town
DATE 12 August 2016 13:30
COMPETITION SA Schools 2016
FINAL SCORE 20 - 23
TRIES 3 - 2
HALFTIME SCORE 8 - 17
 
MATCH OFFICIALS
 
 
Referee Adam Jones
TMO Johannes (Joey) Klaaste-Salmans
 
SCORING SUMMARY
 
 
SA Schools A
Conversion Abner Van Reenen 1
Penalty Lubabalo Dobela 1
Try Abner Van Reenen 1
Try Cameron Huffke 1
Try Sanele Nohamba 1
 
Italy U19
Conversion Antonio Rizzi 2
Penalty Antonio Rizzi 3
Try Giovanni D'Onofrio 2
 
LINE-UP
 
 
SA Schools A
1 Gugu Nelani
2 Dylan Richardson
3 Mornay Smith
4 Jaco Van Tonder
5 Christopher Havenga
6 Athi Magwala
7 Mark Snyman
8 Jessie Johnson
9 Sanele Nohamba
10 Lubabalo Dobela
11 Cameron Huffke
12 Sicelo Tole
13 Louis Van der Schyff (Captain)
14 Austin Davids
15 Abner Van Reenen
 
Italy U19
1 Danilo Fischetti
2 Marco Manfredi
3 Michele Mancini Parri
4 Nardo Casolari
5 Edoardo Iachizzi
6 Jacopo Bianchi
7 Lorenzo Maselli (Captain)
8 Giovanni Licata
9 Federico Gubana
10 Antonio Rizzi
11 Yannick Abanga
12 Dario Schiabel
13 Ludovico Vaccari
14 Giovanni D'Onofrio
15 Massimo Ciofi
 
RESERVES
 
 
SA Schools A
16 Schalk Erasmus
17 Jacobus Eloff
18 Keagan Glade
19 Juan Van der Mescht
20 Ryno Pieterse
21 Dian Schoonees
22 Zinedene Booysen
23 Tyrone Green
24 Tatenda Mujawo
25 Janco Van Heyningen
26 Aya Oliphant
 
Italy U19
16 Massimo Ceciliani
17 Matteo Luccardi
19 NIcola Pomaro
20 Michele Lamaro
22 Giovanni Lucchin
23 Michelangelo Biondelli
24 Marco Zanon
25 Niccolo Mori
26 Smone Cornelli
 
REPLACEMENTS
 
 
SA Schools A
36 Juan Van der Mescht for Jaco Van Tonder
41 Schalk Erasmus for Dylan Richardson
41 Dian Schoonees for Athi Magwala
41 Tyrone Green for Lubabalo Dobela
48 Jacobus Eloff for Gugu Nelani
54 Keagan Glade for Mornay Smith
56 Zinedene Booysen for Sanele Nohamba
 
Italy U19
36 Smone Cornelli for Giovanni D'Onofrio
36 NIcola Pomaro for Edoardo Iachizzi
48 Massimo Ceciliani for Marco Manfredi
50 Giovanni Lucchin for Federico Gubana
52 Michele Lamaro for Edoardo Iachizzi
66 Matteo Luccardi for Danilo Fischetti
 
RUN OF PLAY
 
 
0 First Half Start Antonio Rizzi Italy U19
4 Missed Penalty Antonio Rizzi Italy U19
10 Try Giovanni D'Onofrio Italy U19
11 Conversion Antonio Rizzi Italy U19
15 Penalty Antonio Rizzi Italy U19
19 Try Giovanni D'Onofrio Italy U19
20 Conversion Antonio Rizzi Italy U19
25 Try Cameron Huffke SA Schools A
26 Missed Conversion Lubabalo Dobela SA Schools A
33 Yellow Card Danilo Fischetti Italy U19
34 Penalty Lubabalo Dobela SA Schools A
35 First Half End    
35 Second Half Start Lubabalo Dobela SA Schools A
36 Substitution (Tactical) Smone Cornelli for Giovanni D'Onofrio Italy U19
36 Substitution (Tactical) Juan Van der Mescht for Jaco Van Tonder SA Schools A
36 Substitution (Blood) NIcola Pomaro for Edoardo Iachizzi Italy U19
41 Substitution (Tactical) Dian Schoonees for Athi Magwala SA Schools A
41 Substitution (Tactical) Tyrone Green for Lubabalo Dobela SA Schools A
41 Substitution (Tactical) Schalk Erasmus for Dylan Richardson SA Schools A
43 Penalty Antonio Rizzi Italy U19
44 Yellow card returning Danilo Fischetti Italy U19
46 Try Sanele Nohamba SA Schools A
47 Conversion Abner Van Reenen SA Schools A
48 Substitution (Tactical) Massimo Ceciliani for Marco Manfredi Italy U19
48 Substitution (Tactical) Jacobus Eloff for Gugu Nelani SA Schools A
50 Substitution (Tactical) Giovanni Lucchin for Federico Gubana Italy U19
52 Substitution (Tactical) Michele Lamaro for Edoardo Iachizzi Italy U19
53 Try Abner Van Reenen SA Schools A
54 Missed Conversion Abner Van Reenen SA Schools A
54 Substitution (Tactical) Keagan Glade for Mornay Smith SA Schools A
56 Substitution (Tactical) Zinedene Booysen for Sanele Nohamba SA Schools A
63 Penalty Antonio Rizzi Italy U19
66 Substitution (Tactical) Matteo Luccardi for Danilo Fischetti Italy U19