Mercoledì, 17 Ottobre 2018

Rugby: Italy aim to give Wallabies 80 mins of pure intensity


Rome, November 22 - Italy coach Jacques Brunel said
he wants to build on his side's positive showing against New
Zealand when they take on Australia in Florence on Saturday, but
this time maintain the intensity for the full 80 minutes.
The Azzurri caused the All Blacks plenty of problems in
Rome last weekend, but collapsed in the last quarter and ended
up going down 42-10, with the scoreline flattering the rugby
world champions.
"The match against New Zealand was very intense," Brunel
told a press conference on Thursday.
"We had 50% of possession and we showed lots of good
"I want us to keep up the level we showed Saturday and do
even better in terms of maintaining it. That's one of our aims,"
added the French coach, whose side beat Tonga 28-23 in their
opening November test.
"My idea of rugby is one in which we impose our game and
that's what I want to see for 80 minutes.
"We didn't manage to do that for the whole match against
the All Blacks.
"Now we'll try to respond with the same quality and play
against the Wallabies with the same desire, imposing our game
throughout the match".
Brunel made just two changes to his starting line-up for
Saturday's clash.
Robert Barbieri returns as openside flanker after starting
against Tonga but making way for Simone Favaro against the All
Likewise, Quintin Geldenhuys takes back his place in the
second row from Antonio Pavanello.
Fellow lock Francesco Minto keeps his place after making
his debut against New Zealand.
"The return of Barbieri in the back row and Geldenhuys in
the second was dictated by the desire to have more power on the
field from the start," said Brunel.
"But given the spirit and attitude we showed in Rome, we
didn't want to make too many changes".
Australia coach Robbie Deans, meanwhile, made four changes
to the side that beat England 20-14 last week.
Scrumhalf Brett Sheehan replaces Nick Phipps to get his
first test start.
Scott Higginbotham and Stephen Moore return at blindside
flanker and hooker respectively and Drew Mitchell replaces Digby
Ioane on the wing.
The Wallabies have won all 16 of the previous encounters
between the nations.
Italy: 15 Andrea Masi, 14 Giovanbattista Venditti, 13
Tommaso Benvenuti, 12 Alberto Sgarbi, 11 Mirco Bergamasco, 10
Luciano Orquera, 9 Edoardo Gori, 8 Sergio Parisse (captain), 7
Robert Barbieri, 6 Alessandro Zanni, 5 Francesco Minto, 4
Quintin Geldenhuys, 3 Martin Castrogiovanni, 2 Leonardo
Ghiraldini, 1 Andrea Lo Cicero.
Replacements: 16 Davide Giazzon, 17 Michele Rizzo, 18
Lorenzo Cittadini, 19 Antonio Pavanello, 20 Simone Favaro,
21 Manoa Vosawai, 22 Tobias Botes, 23 Luke McLean.
Australia: 15-Berrick Barnes, 14-Nick Cummins, 13-Adam
Ashley-Cooper, 12-Ben Tapuai, 11-Drew Mitchell, 10-Kurtley
Beale, 9- Brett Sheehan; 8-Wycliff Palu, 7-Michael Hooper,
6-Scott Higginbotham, 5-Nathan Sharpe (captain), 4-Sitaleki
Timani, 3-Ben Alexander, 2-Stephen Moore, 1-Benn Robinson.
Replacements: 16-Tatafu Polota Nau, 17-James Slipper,
18-Sekope Kepu, 19-Dave Dennis, 20-Liam Gill, 21-Nick Phipps,
22-Mike Harris, 23-Digby Ioane.

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