Uruguay is a small thing, Italy A wins 31-13. Bad news for Riccioni: broken crusader

In Padua the Azzurri coached by Troncon dominate with the forwards and go to the goal with Cannone, Bruno, Tavuyara, Casilio and Trulla. For the Teros next Saturday a challenge with the senior national team in Parma. Confirmed the breaking of the crusader for the blue pylon. In Bordeaux, France beats Georgia 41-15 not without struggling

National A directed by Alessandro Troncon defeated Uruguay 31-13 in Padua in an official test. A performance, that of the Azzurri, much better than that of two weeks ago in Madrid with Spain (very painful victory for 13-11). Los Teros, who have been in Italy since the beginning of the month for their European tour, are making up for their second defeat, after last week’s defeat against Romania in Verona and next Saturday they will close their international November by challenging Kieran Crowley’s senior national team in Parma. At the same time, France coach Galthié’s France defeated Georgia 41-15 with enough effort in Bordeaux. Before the match, unfortunately, the (feared) bad news about Marco Riccioni’s conditions had arrived, after the injury that yesterday forced him to leave the pitch during Italy-Argentina in Treviso: the Saracens prop reported the breaking of the cruciate ligament of the left knee. Riccioni will obviously have to be operated on and his season, including the Six Nations, could also have ended here.


The Azzurri, who in the first half play in favor of a strong wind, unblock it in the 4 ‘: after two Uruguayan offsides, we go to the 5-meter penaltouche, Giacomo Nicotera plays it smart before the jump blocks for the insertion of the flanker Lorenzo Cannon, which can easily break through in goal (Leonardo Marin sends the difficult transformation away). Los Teros, however, responded immediately, conquering meters and then a free-kick in the breakdown, which Felipe Etcheverry slipped on in the 9th minute. Followed by three infractions of the Azzurri always in the ground game that give the field and possession to the guests. There is no way to steal the ball on the ground and so the Uruguayans, who certainly do not seem so irresistible ball in hand, do everything by themselves when they lose it for an obstruction, wasting an attack close to 22. The Azzurri dominate the bases of the game. game and are anchored on these certainties: dominant scrum, free kick kicked for the deep touch, maul that goes a little way, ball out for Marin who invents a beautiful cross-kick to find the free Pierre Bruno on the right out, with the wing that can go to crush in blissful solitude at 26 ‘(and Marin transforms). After half an hour Jacopo Trulla’s try is canceled because at the moment of the last pass Ratuva Tavuyara (the Fijian forward of Benetton Treviso) touches the sideline with one foot. Tavuyara who comes back two minutes later, going to crush the left flag on the passage of Trulla, after the excellent work of advancing the maul from the opposite side of the field (with Marin who also slips the very difficult transformation). This version of Uruguay that Esteban Meneses (the Teros coach is the Argentine former flanker of Calvisano) sent out today, obviously thinking above all of the much more important challenge next Saturday with the major Italy in Parma, is really well little thing and the 19-3 on which you go to rest correctly photographs the values ​​on the field. It takes 18 seconds in the second half for the Azzurri to pass: Marin’s kick-off not controlled in the area by the Uruguayans, possession that returns to blue thanks to Tommaso Menoncello, ball to Bruno who with a nice undercoat triggers the power of flanker Alessandro Izekor, who breaks through and then serves Nicolò Casilio (who took over from Marcello Violi), who enters the goal area, is overturned but still manages to crush. The long kick with which Tavuyara decides to go to the opposing half of the pitch (instead of taking advantage of his strength and running skills) is not exactly brilliant, allowing too much space for Etcheverry to restart, who digs a hole of 20 meters above all thanks to the lack of pressure of the lazy Fijian, only to collide with the blue defensive line, which contains the damage. At 58 ‘Uruguay kicks a penaltouche at 5 meters, this time the possession is preserved, the maul advances well and the hooker Guillermo Pujadas easily crushes. That at 67 ‘makes a brace that with a play identical to the previous one. Etcheverry misses both transformations. With a slightly more tired opponent who is no longer able to restart, Italy scores the best goal of the afternoon: Trulla collects the free kick, starts and then serves Tavuyara along the out, from these ball to the nice internal support di Casilio, which in turn returns to the extreme, which goes all the way (Antonio Rizzi transforms). At 80 ‘another demonstration of the strength and superficiality with which Tavuyara plays: the winger takes the ball from a standstill in the middle of the field and activates his power, runs away with three tackles, enters the 22, but for the habit of keeping the ball with one hand, when the time comes to pass it, he sees it slapped away by an opponent. And it ends without further jolts.


It took France 24 minutes to score a try to Georgia, in the match they then won 41-15 in Bordeaux. Among other things, a technical goal, assigned perhaps a little too hastily for an irregular defense on the blues maul advanced up two meters from the line, and moreover in numerical superiority for the yellow card remedied a few minutes before by the opening Tedo Abzhandadze (irregular tackle on Romain Ntamack). Irregularity cost another yellow to the third line Beka Saghinadze. Score that previously had moved with the placed of Melvin Jaminet and Davit Niniashvili. At 32 ‘, however, Matthieu Jalibert finally flies to the goal, served by Romain Ntamack (in one of the frequent role swaps) after a stolen touche in the 22 opponents, then comes that of Damian Penaud, who finds himself a highway thanks to a scrum dominated on 5 meters. Jaminet converts them for 24-3 at half time. Georgia dominated the start of the second half, besieged the 22 French and after a series of strikes by the forwards, the situation was resolved by the scrum-half Vasil Lobzanhidze, who slipped through a gap that remained uncovered. But the reaction of the bleus is immediate and from a touch at 5 meters the maul is unstoppable, with the dive of Paeato Mauvaka. Niniashvili and Jaminet transform them both. The referee of the Australian Damon Murphy leaves some doubt, given that around the 63rd minute the French become protagonists of irregularities that cost the opponents the yellow: a double tackle in the neck and a maul stopped irregularly two meters from the goal. But in the 64th minute the Georgians find the deserved second try: the scrum at 5 meters guarantees a nice possession, the ball comes out fast and exploring the superiority offshore we arrive at the winger Akaki Tabutsadze, who flies to crush the flag despite the desperate tackle of the last defender (very clear goal but which for the referee needs a look at the Tmo). At 73 ‘Penaud scored twice, crowning the flag with an action carried out by the pack and then perfected by the hands of Gael Fickou and Ntamack. And in the 79th minute Mauvaka also makes an encore, again thanks to the maul, after a few minutes of exhausting attacks and strenuous Georgian defense. And now for the team of coach Fabien Galthie head to Paris, where on Saturday they will challenge the All Blacks (yesterday defeated 29-20 in Ireland) in the last weekend of the Autumn Nations Series.

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Uruguay is a small thing, Italy A wins 31-13. Bad news for Riccioni: broken crusader