PARMA (Reuters) – Italy earned their first win for greater than two years by beating Uruguay 17-10 in Parma on Saturday, as Pierre Bruno and Epalahame Faiva each scored tries on their debuts.
The Azzurri’s final victory got here towards Canada on the Rugby World Cup in September 2019, and the win over the Uruguayans ended a 16-match dropping run since then.
New Italy head coach Kieran Crowley suffered defeat in his opening two video games towards New Zealand and Argentina, however his aspect held the lead from the twelfth minute onwards in Parma after winger Bruno skipped inside two defenders to dot down.
A Federico Favaro penalty saved Uruguay in contact, however scrumhalf Tomas Inciarte was proven a yellow card on the thirty second minute and Paolo Garbisi’s boot quickly added one other three factors to present the hosts a 10-3 halftime lead.
Alternative hooker Faiva charged over the road two minutes after coming off the bench to mark his debut in model, however Uruguay diminished the deficit when Santiago Civetta burrowed over the road on the hour mark.
Prop Danilo Fischetti was despatched to the sin bin as Uruguay piled on stress within the last 5 minutes, however the Azzurri survived and celebrated wildly when Faiva received a vital turnover on the breakdown 5 metres in entrance of his line.
The 2 sides will meet once more on the Rugby World Cup in 2023, the place they share a pool with the All Blacks, France and an African qualifier.
(Reporting by Alasdair Mackenzie; Modifying by Hugh Lawson)