FLORENCE, Italy (AP) – Italy will hope the dimming of talks will be replaced in Six Countries after comfortably beating Georgia 28-17 on Saturday.
Italians took wooden spoons this year for the 13th time in 19 Six Countries, and a roar had grown that they were replaced by Georgia, who had ruled the European second tier championship.
But after the first attempt to go to Georgia center Tamaz Mchedlidze, Italy withdrew from the middle of the second half in the middle by trying consecutively to Michele Campagnaro's center, Mattia Bellini's wing, Dean Budd's key and Tommaso's Allhal Flyhalf. Georgia finished with an easy second but easy penalty to Italy in their first match in 15 years.
Italy will return above Georgia when the world ranking is updated on Monday.
"We want to be a very top team," Italy coach Conor O’Shea said. "In the past 12 months we have only beaten Fiji and Japan. That was a fundamental victory for this group today against Georgia.
"After today I am sure that people will see our future with greater confidence seeing that in the past year only this match has been discussed. After this victory, with less pressure, we are confident that we can only get better. "
Italy without talismanic captain Sergio Parisse, who has a calf injury. And maybe because they were very well liked, the Azzurri started to get nervous even though Allan kicked the hosts ahead with an early penalty.
Georgia then scored, Mchedlidze touched on the side of the post after Campagnaro failed with a tackle.
Campagnaro made amends immediately. A great team moved from Italy to see them spread the ball to the left and then to the right before Campagnaro forced past three Georgian players. Allan converted for 10-7.
"Errors can happen but there I am doing very big," Campagnaro said. "What's important is how you react afterwards and that's what we do. Luckily I countered it. "
Matiashvili failed to execute a penalty and the problem got worse for Georgia when Flanker Giorgi Tsutskiridze was shown a yellow card for a dangerous tackle.
Italy immediately made additional calculations because it forced the ball past him, but the effort was not permitted in the video review.
The Azzurri went through almost 20 phases to end the try, but only received a penalty kicked by Allan.
Italy finally got a second trial in the 39th minute, after Tsutskiridze rejoined. From the inside line at 22 Georgia, Tito Tebaldi chose Bellini to score in the left corner for 18-7 in the first round.
Italy started the second half in the same way as the first one ended. Andrea Lovotti was stopped near the line but Budd was there to pick up the ball and leave.
Allan did not convert again, but he scored Italy's fourth goal in the 57th minute, breaking serve from the middle and uninterrupted race on the left.
Italy's 18-point advantage is appropriate, but was cut to 11 for most of the last quarter after Tommaso Benvenuti's center was yellow card and Georgia was awarded a penalty.
"When it's 28-7 I think the end of the match will be different and we can play with more freedom and score more," said O & # 39; Shea. "There was a different ending thanks to a penalty trial that gave Georgia so much energy."