Italy 47-22 Namibia: Azzurri open World Cup campaign with victory

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In changing weather conditions italy began their World Cup Pool B campaign.
Prior to the Azzurri drew level with a penalty attempt the Namibian part-timers took an early lead through Damian Stevens.
Italy subsequently took control with attempts.
Edoardo Padovani, Carlo Canna, Jake Polledri felt after the fracture, while Chad Plato along with JC Greyling scored consolations for Namibia.
Italy initially struggled from the rain and had to wait till the 25th minute to take the direct, but since the sun emerged in the second half, the Six Nations facet turned to the design as they overpowered their opponents, who at 23 would be the lowest ranked side in the championship.
Italy captain Sergio Parisse, 36, became just the third person to play five World Cups, fitting the totals of compatriot Mauro Bergamasco and Samoa’s Brian Lima, along with his 141st global cap also drew him level with all former Ireland and British Lions captain Brian O’Driscoll in second position on the all-time record.
„The important thing was to win and accept the five points,“ Parisse stated.
„Big congratulations to Namibia too because they gave up. They kept playing to the finish.“
The only negative for the Azzurri was when Tiziano Pasquiale was stretchered off before the fracture.
Play was temporarily stopped for what appeared to be a neck injury while the prop received medical attention.
Italy are next in action against Canada on Thursday, 26 September (08:45 BST), although Namibia confront neighbors South Africa on Saturday, 28 September (10:45).
Defending champions New Zealand, who beat against South Africa on Saturday, are the other group from the category.
Italy: Hayward Benvenuti, Morisi, Padovani; Allan, Tebaldi; Quaglio Pasquali Ruzza, Steyn, Mbanda, Parisse.
Replacements: Fabiani Riccioni, Budd, Polledri Canna, Minozzi.
Namibia: Greyling, Tromp, Plato De la Harpe; Loubser, Stevens; Rademeyer, Van Jaarsveld, Coetzee Lill Kitshoff Venter.
Replacements: Van der Westhuizen, De Klerk, Theron, Retief Walters, Jantjies, Kisting.
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