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.