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Rugby World Cup 2011
Italy vs Russia
Stadium: Trafalgar Park Stadium
Venue: Trafalgar Park Stadium, Nelson
DATE: Tuesday, September 20, 2011
KICK-OFF: 17 : 30 (AEST)
HEAD-TO-HEAD: Played 17: Italy 7, Russia 9, drawn 1
HEAD-TO-HEAD IN WORLD CUPS: No previous matches
LAST TIME: October 14, 2006 (Moscow): Russia 7-67 Italy
REFEREE: Wayne Barnes (England)
Italy vs Russia Preview:
The phrase ‘much-changed team’ hardly cuts it for Italy in this match as Nick Mallet has named a side with 12 personnel changes from the one that faced Australia, and one of the three players backing up is involved in a positional switch.
Nikolai Nerush has made a few changes from the side that faced the USA, but most involve promoting reserves into the run-on XV. Perhaps the most important will be the inclusion of Adam Byrnes at lock, which should go some way towards shoring up what was a shaky set-piece for the Bears.
Lost to Australia 6-32
Lost to USA 6-13
Italy was strong against Australia for the first 50 minutes but then got overrun in a 15-minute burst when the Wallabies backs cut loose and posted four tries. There was plenty to admire in the way the Azzurri forwards went about their task and they should have scored from a pushover scrum towards the end, but it actually went forward too fast and the ball spewed out the side just short of the line. While the final score was an accurate reflection of both sides’ ability to take chances, Italy still looked better than a 26-point loser on the day.
Russia nearly scored in their first minute of World Cup play, as they mounted a menacing raid on the USA line following a charge-down but that died near the line. That was about as close as the Bears got to scoring a try, but they had kicking chances that were sprayed wide of the posts and which could have given them a real shout at causing an upset. The Russian forwards looked strong, but the backs never really threatened against a tough American defence in what was still a decent first-up outing.
WHO’S HOT/PLAYER TO WATCH:
Italy fullback Andrea Masi had several promising moments against Australia but his attacking opportunities dried up as the match went along. He still looked positive running the ball from the back, while he was steady on defence and showed of a decent boot when needed. This match should allow him more room to move and, if Italy can get him into the game, he could create a lot of damage in midfield or on the counter. He has done big things for his country in Test rugby, including scoring their late winner in the 2011 Six Nations match against France.
The introduction of Australian-born lock Adam Byrnes should help Russia get their lineout sorted out, as it was a phase that the USA attacked throughout the match at New Plymouth. His experience in Super Rugby and in Europe should be a major advantage, as his leaping will probably be a little more aggressive than his colleagues displayed at times. In particular he will be familiar with jumping forward into the throw and getting a shoulder in front of his marker, which is where Russia came undone last time out.
Italy had their chances against Australia. “It looked like all we did against Australia was defend, but if you look back at the match we went close three times. There was the pushover from the scrum at the end, from the grubber kick in the first half that Masi missed by only a few centimetres and the interception.” No doubt he will be looking for a few opportunities to make those scoring chances stick on Tuesday night.
Russia coach Nikolai Nerush wasn’t beating his team up after their opening defeat. “It was our first match at the Rugby World Cup, more important to us than any matches before,” he said. “We really wanted to show what we could do. We really wanted to win the game. To beat the USA in this match would have been really difficult for us, but this match showed us that it was possible. We lost the match but we didn’t lose ourselves.” As a first effort on world rugby’s biggest stage, it was no letdown for the Russians, and the team should now believe that they deserve to be at the tournament.
Italy: 1. Salvatore Perugini, 2. Fabio Ongaro, 3. Lorenzo Cittadini, 4. Quentin Geldenhuys, 5. Marco Bortolami, 6. Paul Derbyshire, 7. Mauro Bergamasco, 8. Sergio Parisse (capt), 9. Edoardo Gori, 10. Riccardo Bocchino, 11. Luke McLean, 12. Matteo Pratichetti, 13. Tommaso Benvenuti, 14. Guilio Toniolatti, 15. Andrea Masi.
Reserves: 16. Tommaso D’Apice, 17. Martin Castrogiovanni, 18. Cornelius van Zyl, 19. Alessandro Zanni, 20. Pablo Canavosio, 21. Luciano Orquera, 22. Alberto Sgarbi.
Russia: 1. Vladimir Botvinnikov, 2. Vladislav Korshunov (capt), 3. Ivan Prishchepenko, 4. Alexander Voytov, 5. Adam Byrnes, 6. Vyacheslav Grachev, 7. Andrey Garbuzov, 8. Victor Gresev, 9. Alexander Shakirov, 10. Konstantin Rachkov, 11. Vladimir Ostroushko, 12. Alexey Makovetskiy, 13. Andrey Kuzin, 14. Vasily Artemyev, 15. Igor Klyuchnikov.
Reserves: 16. Valery Tsnobiladze, 17. Alexander Khrokin, 18. Denis Antonov, 19. Artem Fatakhov, 20. Alexander Yanyushkin, 21 Mikhail Sidorov, 22. Yuri Kushnarev.
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