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.

TEAMSSA Schools A vs Italy U19
VENUECity Park Stadium, Crawford, Cape Town
DATE12 August 2016 13:30
TRIES3 - 2
RefereeAdam Jones
TMOJohannes (Joey) Klaaste-Salmans
SA Schools A
ConversionAbner Van Reenen1
PenaltyLubabalo Dobela1
TryAbner Van Reenen1
TryCameron Huffke1
TrySanele Nohamba1
Italy U19
ConversionAntonio Rizzi2
PenaltyAntonio Rizzi3
TryGiovanni D'Onofrio2
SA Schools A
1Gugu Nelani
2Dylan Richardson
3Mornay Smith
4Jaco Van Tonder
5Christopher Havenga
6Athi Magwala
7Mark Snyman
8Jessie Johnson
9Sanele Nohamba
10Lubabalo Dobela
11Cameron Huffke
12Sicelo Tole
13Louis Van der Schyff (Captain)
14Austin Davids
15Abner Van Reenen
Italy U19
1Danilo Fischetti
2Marco Manfredi
3Michele Mancini Parri
4Nardo Casolari
5Edoardo Iachizzi
6Jacopo Bianchi
7Lorenzo Maselli (Captain)
8Giovanni Licata
9Federico Gubana
10Antonio Rizzi
11Yannick Abanga
12Dario Schiabel
13Ludovico Vaccari
14Giovanni D'Onofrio
15Massimo Ciofi
SA Schools A
16Schalk Erasmus
17Jacobus Eloff
18Keagan Glade
19Juan Van der Mescht
20Ryno Pieterse
21Dian Schoonees
22Zinedene Booysen
23Tyrone Green
24Tatenda Mujawo
25Janco Van Heyningen
26Aya Oliphant
Italy U19
16Massimo Ceciliani
17Matteo Luccardi
19NIcola Pomaro
20Michele Lamaro
22Giovanni Lucchin
23Michelangelo Biondelli
24Marco Zanon
25Niccolo Mori
26Smone Cornelli
SA Schools A
36Juan Van der MeschtforJaco Van Tonder
41Schalk ErasmusforDylan Richardson
41Dian SchooneesforAthi Magwala
41Tyrone GreenforLubabalo Dobela
48Jacobus EloffforGugu Nelani
54Keagan GladeforMornay Smith
56Zinedene BooysenforSanele Nohamba
Italy U19
36Smone CornelliforGiovanni D'Onofrio
36NIcola PomaroforEdoardo Iachizzi
48Massimo CecilianiforMarco Manfredi
50Giovanni LucchinforFederico Gubana
52Michele LamaroforEdoardo Iachizzi
66Matteo LuccardiforDanilo Fischetti
0First Half StartAntonio RizziItaly U19
4Missed PenaltyAntonio RizziItaly U19
10TryGiovanni D'OnofrioItaly U19
11ConversionAntonio RizziItaly U19
15PenaltyAntonio RizziItaly U19
19TryGiovanni D'OnofrioItaly U19
20ConversionAntonio RizziItaly U19
25TryCameron HuffkeSA Schools A
26Missed ConversionLubabalo DobelaSA Schools A
33Yellow CardDanilo FischettiItaly U19
34PenaltyLubabalo DobelaSA Schools A
35First Half End  
35Second Half StartLubabalo DobelaSA Schools A
36Substitution (Tactical)Smone Cornelli for Giovanni D'OnofrioItaly U19
36Substitution (Tactical)Juan Van der Mescht for Jaco Van TonderSA Schools A
36Substitution (Blood)NIcola Pomaro for Edoardo IachizziItaly U19
41Substitution (Tactical)Dian Schoonees for Athi MagwalaSA Schools A
41Substitution (Tactical)Tyrone Green for Lubabalo DobelaSA Schools A
41Substitution (Tactical)Schalk Erasmus for Dylan RichardsonSA Schools A
43PenaltyAntonio RizziItaly U19
44Yellow card returningDanilo FischettiItaly U19
46TrySanele NohambaSA Schools A
47ConversionAbner Van ReenenSA Schools A
48Substitution (Tactical)Massimo Ceciliani for Marco ManfrediItaly U19
48Substitution (Tactical)Jacobus Eloff for Gugu NelaniSA Schools A
50Substitution (Tactical)Giovanni Lucchin for Federico GubanaItaly U19
52Substitution (Tactical)Michele Lamaro for Edoardo IachizziItaly U19
53TryAbner Van ReenenSA Schools A
54Missed ConversionAbner Van ReenenSA Schools A
54Substitution (Tactical)Keagan Glade for Mornay SmithSA Schools A
56Substitution (Tactical)Zinedene Booysen for Sanele NohambaSA Schools A
63PenaltyAntonio RizziItaly U19
66Substitution (Tactical)Matteo Luccardi for Danilo FischettiItaly U19