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Argentina come back to top Italy

Two Argentina tries shut down the boot of Kelly Haimona as Argentina won their hastily-arranged Test with Italy 20-18.

Due to play in Genoa on Saturday, the two sides played on Friday night in a bid to avoid the stormy weather forecast for the weekend.

Italy played wet-weather rugby, scoring all their points from penalties, with Haimona scoring 15 of them and Luciano Orquera the other three.

But tries from Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino and Jeronimo de la Fuente ensured the South Americans could look forward to a bonus day off in good spirits.

However, that was only after finding a way to silence Haimona.

His monster boot had kicked his side 12-3 in front - Juan Martin Hernandez replying with a penalty - before Argentina woke up.

Amorosino went over just before the break after a well-worked move, but Haimona added a fifth penalty after the interval to keep Italy in slight command.

But some powerful running from De La Fuente on the hour, slamming onto a Hernandez pass, took him from 40 metres out to the line and his side went ahead.

Italy's resolve was broken and even though Orquera replied to a Nicolas Sanchez penalty, they could not get back in front.


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