Australia hold on to beat Italy
November 24, 2012
Italy's Giovanbattista Venditti and Australia's Ben Tapuai lock horns
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Australia survived a second-half fightback to maintain their perfect record against Italy in Florence this afternoon with a 22-19 victory.
The Wallabies had looked to be coasting after Nick Cummins' second try in as many weeks helped them into a 22-3 half-time lead.
But Robbie Deans' men ground to a half after the interval as the Azzurri sensed a first-ever win against their southern hemisphere rivals.
Robert Barbieri dived over for a converted try two minutes after the re-start before a pair of Luciano Orquera penalties drew them to within three points with 25 minutes remaining.
But, despite some torrid play from the Wallbies, they held on to grab back-to-back wins on their European tour after their Twickenham success over England last weekend.
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