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As it happened: Italy v All Blacks

Published: 2:50AM Sunday November 18, 2012 Source: ONE Sport

Fulltime Italy 10-42 All Blacks
A convincing second-half display saw the All Blacks class shine through to take them to a five-try win.

Improved accuracy and urgency at the breakdown saw the All Black pack gain the upperhand and allow their backs room to shine while Italy were unable to maintain their strong first half effort.

Impressive performances from Julian Savea, Conrad Smith, first-up skipper Kieran Read, and replacement back Corey Jane showed the All Blacks were building nicely two games in to their northern hemisphere tour.

Steve Hansen will have plenty to consider with his selections for the final two games against Wales and England with the majority of his squad in impressive form.

Tune in again next Sunday morning when the All Blacks meet Wales at Millenium Stadium in Cardiff.

75mins Italy 10-42 All Blacks
TRY! Savea gets another after Jane sped through a gap running off a great pass from Cruden. The kick is on target as the All Blacks crack 40-points.

73mins Italy 10-35 All Blacks
TRY! Julian Savea score his ninth try in seven Tests after diving low and hard for the corner. From a strong scrum win, Barlow set Jane free before Savea was called upon to finish things off. Cruden's kick from the sideline is astray.

70mins Italy 10-30 All Blacks
The Television Match Official reviewed a possible Cruden try after Italy were messy in their attempts to clear their line but the score was disallowed.

68mins Italy 10-30 All Blacks
TRY! Great phase play from the All Blacks saw Savea lay on another great pass, this time for Corey Jane to score their third try of the day. Cruden bangs over another conversion for what will be a match-winning 20-point lead.

65mins Italy 10-23 All Blacks
Prop Tony Woodcock gets a rest after a huge game, Wyatt Crockett on to show his wares in the final 15 minutes.

63mins Italy 10-23 All Blacks
Young Tawera Kerr-Barlow is on at halfback in place of Aaron Smith.

52mins Italy 10-23 All Blacks
With Italy stringing several phases together but unable to spark any attack, Orquera opted to snap a dropped goal and take three points.

All Blacks fullback Beauden Barrett has left the field with what looks to be a hip injury, Corey Jane slotting in at fullback.

49mins Italy 7-23 All Blacks
TRY! Ma'a Nonu touches down for the All Blacks second try after a great wrap-around move from Cruden and Savea. Cruden again extends the lead by a further two points to take the pressure off the visitors.

Prop Ben Franks has entered the fray in place of Charlie Faumuina.

45mins Italy 7-16 All Blacks
Cruden bangs over a regulation penalty afer Italy's hooker Leonardo Ghiraldini was pinged for a deliberate knock-down.

43mins Italy 7-13 All Blacks
The All Blacks lose one of their most experienced players as Keven Mealamu leaves the field with a calf injury, allowing Dane Coles to earn his second Test cap.

41mins Italy 7-13 All Blacks
Aaron Cruden kicks-off the second-half for the All Blacks.

Halftime - Italy 7-13 All Blacks
The All Blacks have plenty to discuss in the sheds after Italy dominated the opening half with some enterprising and aggressive play.

Since Kieran Read's early score the home side have pressured the All Blacks in defence and caught them napping on a number of occassions with the ball in hand.

Apart from Sgarbi's try however, the All Blacks defence has met every challenge and looked dangerous when they've had the ball within range of the Italian line, doing well to keep their lead.

The All Blacks will look to maintain their composure and continue to soak up the Italian effort, hoping for more cohesion in their own play as the match progresses.

Stay tuned for what should be a thrilling second-half.

28mins Italy 7-13 All Blacks
Hosea Gear looked certain to score in the corner but lost the ball forward while bumping off a defender as he steamrolled towards the tryline. Scrum to Italy.

26mins Italy 7-13 All Blacks
TRY! Italy have the crowd on their feet with second-five Alberto Sgarbi running on to a great ball from five-eighth Orquera to reach out and plant the ball down for the try. Orquera makes no mistake with his first shot at goal to put his side right back in the match.

19mins Italy 0-13 All Blacks
Ma'a Nonu is hit with a high tackle, allowing Cruden to notch his 50th Test point with a penalty from 30 metres out.

16mins Italy 0-10 All Blacks
TRY! Kieran Read gets the opening try in his first match as All Blacks skipper, showing a great change of angle to beat the last man and dive over under the posts. Aaron Cruden made the initial break while Conrad Smith cleaned up a messy offload to find Read on the inside to finish. Cruden adds the extras from right in front.

12mins Italy 0-3 All Blacks
Aaron Cruden nails his first kick of the day from just to the left of the sticks after Italy were caught offside at the ruck during the All Blacks first foray into the home sides 22.

8mins Italy 0-0 All Blacks
The early stages have seen Italy take it to their more highly fancied rivals in both attack and defence. The home side's forwards have gone hard at the hips of the All Blacks big men,  got them to ground and then looked to attack the ball. When they've had possession they've shown good ambition and thrown it wide trying to test the All Blacks' backs.

0mins Italy 0-0 All Blacks
The home side kicks-off with first five-eighth Luciano Orquera getting things underway. Pre-match, Keven Mealamu led the All Blacks' haka for the first time in a proud moment for the champion hooker who makes his 101st appearance in the black jersey today.

Pre-match

Welcome to onenews.co.nz's live scoring updates of the All Blacks' clash with Italy at Stadio Olimpico in Rome.

The All Blacks enter this clash with wholesale changes to the side that took on Scotland at Murrayfield last weekend, as they look to explore different combinations and provide game time to all members of the squad ahead of two tough games against Wales and England.

That said, the All Blacks will be expecting the revamped side to pick up from where they left off in their 51-22 win, and with Kieran Read leading the side for the first time they will want to hit top gear against a side they are expected to put away with ease.

Adding to their motivation, the All Blacks will be looking for a strong performance to honour the memory of former All Blacks fullback Bob Scott who died early Friday morning.

Italy are fielding their first choice side and up-front, Steve Hansen's men will have to keep a close eye on prop Martin Catrogiavani, the man who gave them so much trouble in the corresponding clash between the two sides three years ago. No. 8 and skipper Sergio Parisse also has plenty of skill and ability to threaten the All Blacks defence.

Stand by for kick-off scheduled for 2.55.

Italy: 1.Andrea Lo Cicero, 2.Leonardo Ghiraldini, 3.Martin Castrogiovanni, 4.Antonio Pavanello, 5.Francesco Minto, 6.Alessandro Zanni, 7.Simone Favaro, 8.Sergio Parisse (captain), 9.Edoardo Gori, 10.Luciano Orquera, 11.Mirco Bergamasco, 12.Alberto Sgarbi, 13.Tommaso Benvenuti, 14.Giovanbattista Venditti, 15.Andrea Masi.

Reserves: 16.Davide Giazzon, 17.Alberto de Marchi, 18.Lorenzo Cittadini, 19.Quintin Geldenhuys, 20.Mauro Bergamasco, 21.Robert Barbieri, 22.Tobias Botes, 23.Luke McLean.

All Blacks: 1.Tony Woodcock, 2.Keven Mealamu, 3.Charlie Faumuina, 4.Ali Williams, 5.Brodie Retallick, 6.Liam Messam, 7.Sam Cane, 8.Kieran Read (captain), 9.Aaron Smith, 10.Aaron Cruden, 11.Julian Savea, 12.Ma'a Nonu, 13.Conrad Smith, 14.Hosea Gear, 15.Beauden Barrett.

Reserves: 16.Dane Coles, 17.Wyatt Crockett, 18.Ben Franks, 19.Samuel Whitelock , 20.Victor Vito, 21.Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22.Daniel Carter, 23.Cory Jane.

Referee: Alain Rolland

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