Italy turn on style to keep hopes alive
Italy 53 Russia 17
Wing partners Tommaso Benvenuti and Giulio Toniolatti scored twice each in a nine-try performance as Italy ran riot against Russia yesterday.
The Italians, who failed to score a try in their opening 32-6 loss to Australia, talked before the match about needing to win with a bonus point to have any chance of qualifying from Pool C for the quarter-finals, and Toniolatti's second had the four-try bonus point wrapped up by the 23rd minute.
Italy had other tries from captain Sergio Parisse, Edoardo Gori, Luke McLean, Alesssandro Zanni and a penalty try.
Italy -- A Masi (A Sgarbi 59); G Toniolatti, T Benvenuti, M Pratichetti, L McLean; R Bocchino (G Canale 73), E Gori (P Canavosio 58); S Perugini (M Castrogiovanni 47), F Ongaro, L Cittadini; Q Geldenhuys, M Bortolami (C Van Zyl 47); P Derbyshire, M Bergamasco (T D'Apice 36), S Parisse (capt, A Zanni 58). Tries: G Toniolatti, T Benvenuti 2 each, S Parisse, E Gori, L McLean, A Zanni, Penalty try. Cons: R Bocchino 4.
Russia -- I Klyuchnikov (Y Kushnarev 33); V Artemyev, A Kuzin, A Makovetsky, V Ostroushko; K Rachkov, A Shakirov (A Yanyushkin 28); V Botvinnikov (A Khrokin 54), V Korshunov (Capt, V Tsnobiladze 61), I Prishchepenko; A Voitov, A Byrnes (D Antonov 65); V Grachev (A Fatakhov 64), A Garbuzov (M Sidorov 69), V Gresev. Tries: A Yanyushkin, V Ostroushko, A Makovetsky. Con: K Rachkov.
Ref -- Wayne Barnes (England)