TREVISO, Italy (AP) – Argentina defeated Italy 37-16 and emphatically finished their winless run on Saturday as …
TREVISO, Italy (dpa) – Argentina defeated Italy 37-16 and emphatically ended their winless run on Saturday, while the Azzurri streak continued.
Marcos Kremer, Juan Martin Gonzalez, Matías Moroni, Santiago Cordero and Facundo Bosch have tried to help Argentina end a streak of seven straight defeats, including a winless rugby championship.
Paolo Garbisi kept Italy in the game with solid kicks and Stephen Varney got his first international attempt, but the Azzurri’s miserable streak extended to 16 with a faulty performance.
Both teams longed for an overdue win. Argentina got close last weekend when they scared France in Paris before losing 29:20.
The Pumas scored in the ninth minute, seconds after Emiliano Boffelli sent a penalty off the post. Boffelli atoned for his missed shot by serving Kremer, who raced forward and jumped over the line near the post.
Boffelli had the simplest transformation.
Italy struggled and showed little of the serenity they showed against New Zealand last weekend as the Azzurri managed to keep the score at 21-9 before the All Blacks ran away in the final quarter and won 47-9.
The hosts missed another offside penalty and this time Boffelli did not miss from a central position.
Argentina were better at every area of the pitch and Italy struggled to put every offensive together as they were beaten in every tackle.
Italy gave Argentina their second try in the 28th minute when Gonzalez stepped past the Azzurri defense and ran onto the ball to jump over it. Boffelli converted again and the Pumas led 17-0.
Italy finally scored points on the board eight minutes before half-time thanks to a Garbisi penalty.
Garbisi managed to score another penalty – which went off the post – with the final shot of half-time to help Italy reduce the gap to 11 points.
But Italy’s good job was undone right at the start of the second half when the ball hit an unmarked Moroni who went into the corner after a pathetic defense. Boffelli added the extras.
Italy eventually managed to get close to the Argentine line and got their first attempt at the fall internationals when Varney got the ball practically on the line from the back of a scrum, pretending to cheat before forcing it.
Garbisi converted and added another penalty after Azzurri prop master Marco Riccioni was carried away on a stretcher.
However, there was another attempt at Italy’s best phase of the game as a poorer defense let the ball get to Cordero, who sped to the right and flipped. This time, Boffelli missed.
Nicolas Sanchez also added a penalty for Argentina and his substitute colleague Bosch scored the Pumas’ fifth attempt seconds after losing control of the ball.
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