Argentina beat Italy for first away win in 2014

Argentina earned their first away victory of the year when they beat Italy 18-20 at Genoa’s Luigi Ferraris stadium on Friday.

Argentina’s last away victory was in November last year when they beat the Italians 19-14 in Naples. The result takes Argentina to five straight wins over Italy.

Argentina outscored Italy by two tries to none and their two tries by Lucas
Amorosino and Jeronimo De La Fuente made the difference as they resisted a second
half comeback.

In a match moved forward a day because of fears over predicted storms in the
flood-hit city of Genoa, Italy were looking to build on their morale-boosting
24-13 win over Samoa in Ascoli last week when Kelly Haimona provided 14 of Italy’s
points with the boot.

But despite the New Zealand-born fly-half coming good yet again with 15 points,
Italy ultimately failed to produce the try that, on occasion, their enterprising
play deserved.

Argentina travelled to Italy on the back of a 41-31 defeat to Scotland but
had suffered only one defeat to Italy, a 13-12 reverse in Cordoba in 2008, in
the sides’ previous seven meetings.

Despite Italy’s poor record, the hosts — given a huge boost by Haimona’s performance
last week — had high hopes of ending that sorry streak.

Haimona continued to underline his influence with the boot when he kicked Italy
into a 12-3 lead thanks to four penalties by the 24th minute, but the game was
brought to life moments before half-time when the Pumas slashed their deficit.

Amorosino pounced on a loose ball to kick downfield and after a sustained period
of possession the Argentina winger touched over for the game’s opening try.

Fly-half Juan Hernandez kicked the conversion to considerably reduce arrears
on the half-time whistle.

Italy came flying out the blocks in the second half and after a promising charge
by No 8 and captain Sergio Parisse, Haimona kicked another penalty from 25 metres
out to give Italy a 15-10 lead.

Italy tried to up the momentum, but the hosts were outdone when Parisse’s attempted
chip deep in his own end ultimately led to an Argentina scrum.

Argentina controlled and a great ball from Hernandez sent De la Fuente clear
to run through a static Italian defence to plant the ball under the posts, with
Hernandez kicking a simple conversion to give the tourists a 17-15 lead on the
hour.

Italy nerves told minutes later when Argentina were handed a penalty decision
at the ruck, with Nicolas Sanchez kicking over for the Pumas to take them five
points clear.

Luciano Orquera reduced arrears four minutes later to set up a thrilling finish.
But as Argentina were camped in their own 22 a late drop attempt from the replacement
fly-half sailed wide of the posts.

Final Score Italy 18 (12) Argentina 20 (10)

Scorers

Italy
Tries –
Pen – Haimona (4), Orquera
Con –
Drop – Haimona

Argentina
Tries – Amorosino, De la Fuente
Pen – Hernandez, Sanchez
Con – Hernandez (2)
Drop –

Teams

Italy

Andrea Masi; Luke Mclean, Michele Campagnaro, Luca Morisi, Leonardo Sarto; Kelly Haimona, Edoardo Gori; Sergio Parisse (capt), Simone Favaro, Alessandro Zanni; Joshua Furno, Quintin Geldenhuys; Martin Castrogiovanni, Leonardo Ghiraldini, Matias Aguero

Replacements: Andrea Manici, Alberto De Marchi, Lorenzo Cittadini, Marco Bortolami, Francesco Minto, Guglielmo Palazzani, Luciano Orquera, Giulio Toniolatti

Argentina

Joaquin Tuculet; Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino, Horacio Agulla, Jeronimo De

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