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Last Updated: Tuesday, 21 October, 2003, 09:13 GMT 10:13 UK
Clockwatch: Italy 19-14 Canada

All the action from the Pool D match in Canberra.

80 mins: Italy hang on. The whistle blows with the ball going into touch off a knock-on. A fitting finish.

79 mins: Canada waste a golden opportunity to win the match. With men outside on the overlap Fyffe knocks-on when taking a poor pass.

78 mins: Italian hooker Fabio Ongaro is shown a yellow card for pulling a maul down on halfway.

76 mins: Canada look dangerous passing the ball down the backline until Dave Lougheed knocks-on.

75 mins: Italy are camped on their own line and are warned by referee O'Brien about slowing the ball down. They are like a punch-drunk boxer hanging on for a points decision.

71 mins: Italy are in disarray and are threatening to throw the game away when they seemingly had it won. They concede another penalty but Barker misses the chance, hitting the upright.

69 mins: Fyffe sets off on a mazy run for glory, ignores support and is tackled on the 22. As is the norm in the match a knock-on follows and Canada lose all momentum.

67 mins: From the ridiculous to the sublime. A two-man miss pass in midfield frees Canada's Quentin Fyffe to finish off the best move of the match with a try in the corner. Barker again pushes a touchline attempt wide.
Italy 19-14 Canada

64 mins: Italy finally get away from their own line, but the game has plumbed new depths - it's a comedy of errors. Schoolboy knock-ons and poor passes destroy any momentum.

62 mins: A good break sends Canada deep in Italian territory. Mazzantini has two chances to clear the danger but is like a one-man Laurel and Hardy show, slipping over each time he tries to kick.

60 mins: Di Girolamo is back on, but his absence could prove costly come the final whistle. Italy scored a point-a-minute for the 10 minutes he was in the bin.

58 mins: Barker misses with a penalty attempt that drifts wide on the right.

55 mins: The crowd erupts and "It's Amore" rings around the ground. Italy have scored a try from Parisse, Wakarua adds the conversion and Italy have finally got some reward for all their hard work.
Italy 19-9 Canada

52 mins: An error that sums up the game. The ball goes through De Rossi's hands at the re-start for a knock-on that puts Italy on the backfoot when they want to be taking advantage of the extra man.

51 mins: Italy steal the line-out ball and stay on the front foot. They cannot find a way through partly due to Canada killing the ball which results in Di Girolamo going to the sin bin. Wakarua slots the points and Italy edge ahead again.
Italy 12-9 Canada

49 mins: Italy are playing the better rugby and 10 phases of possession so nearly ends in the first try of the match. Williams tackles Sergio Parisse into touch at the corner.

41 mins: Italy pull down a maul and Barker has the opportunity to level the match with a kick wide on the left. His effort creeps in by the left upright.
Italy 9-9 Canada

1130 BST: Troncon has not come out for the second-half, and on the evidence of the first, who can blame him. Matteo Mazzantini is on in his place with De Rossi assuming the captaincy. Barker re-starts.

40 mins: Wakarua edges Italy ahead with the last kick of the half which the crowd can only hope inspires his team-mates, or even the opposition, when they come out after the half-time oranges.
Italy 9-6 Canada

39 mins: After nearly 40 minutes of very poor rugby, the match is all square. Barker lands a penalty.
Italy 6-6 Canada

37 mins: De Rossi launches an Italian attack but it ends on the 22 with a knock-on from his support players.

36 mins: Canada are getting what locals in the Canberra crowd would call "go-forward ball". Unfortunately all too often they are going forward down dead ends.

33 mins: A dull game threatens to spring to life as Canada launch a threatening attack from their backs and put Italy under some concerted pressure. It all comes to nought.

32 mins: Canada make a switch, Josh Jackson coming on for number eight Ryan Banks.

31 mins: Wakarua punishes Canadian ill-discipline with a long penalty.
Italy 6-3 Canada

29 mins: Bortolami, who has an injured shoulder, is replaced by Carlo Checchinato.

25 mins: Canada concede another penalty. Wakarua swings the left boot but this time is off target, pushing his effort wide.

23 mins: The rain's falling again which doesn't bode well for a match already littered by handling errors.

22 mins: Rod Snow's pinged by referee Paddy O'Brien for bringing down the scrum. Wakarua levels the match with the penalty.
Italy 3-3 Canada

19 mins: Denis Dallan and Aaron Persico make half-breaks and Andrea de Rossi is pushed into touch at the corner flag.

17 mins: Italy are back near the Canadian line probing for a way through their defence.

13 mins: Barker's back teeing up the ball after a high tackle on scrum-half Morgam Williams by Marco Bortolami. His effort goes wide.

11 mins: Against the run of play Canada take the lead after Italy concede a penalty for infringing in the front row. Jared Barker converts the points.
Italy 0-3 Canada

7 mins: Alessandro Troncon breaks across halfway, but as many passes have, his offload goes to ground when Italy have Canada on the rack.

4 mins: It is all Italy with Canada struggling to clear their lines.

1037 BST: The match is up and running with Rima Wakarua kicking off on a greasy surface after a recent storm.

1030 BST: The players come out side-by-side in single file at Canberra Stadium before lining up for the national anthems.

Italy have made just one change for their third World Cup match, drafting in Mirco Bergamasco in place of Nicola Mazzucato.

John Kirwan's men know a second win of the campaign is imperative if they are to have any chance of qualifying from the pool.

Canada, who are still looking for their first victory of the tournament, have made nine changes.

Captain Al Charron returns in the second row and centre Marco di Girolamo is now the only Cannuck to have started all three matches.

Italy: G Canale, M Bergamasco, C Stoica, M Dallan, D Dallan; R Wakarua, A Troncon (capt); A Lo Cicero, F Ongaro, L Castrogeovanni, S Dellape, M Bortolami, A De Rossi, A Persico, S Parisse.
Replacements: C Festuccia, S Pergini, C Checchinato, S Palmer, M Mazzantini, F Mazzariol, A Masi.

Canada: Q Fyffe; W Stanley, J Cannon, M Di Girolamo, D Lougheed; J Barker, M Williams; R Snow, M Lawson, J Thiel, C Yukes, A Charron (capt), J Cudmore, J Douglas, R Banks.
Replacements: A Abrams, K Tkachuk, J Reid, J Jackson, S Fauth, B Ross, M King.

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