2007 Rugby World Cup: Italy 31 - 5 Portugal

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

September 19, 2007
20:00 (UTC+2)
Italy 31 – 5 Portugal Parc des Princes, Paris
Referee: Marius Jonker
Try: A Masi (2) 4', 77'
Mauro Bergamasco 72'
Conv: D Bortolussi (2) 4', 78'
Pen: David Bortolussi (4) 17', 30', 40', 63'
Try: D Penalva 33'

Italy have defeated Portugal 31-5 in Pool C of the 2007 Rugby World Cup at Parc des Princes, Paris, France.

Andrea Masi opened the scoring in the fourth minute with a try for Italy. Despite controlling the game for much of the first half, Italy could not score any other tries before the interval but David Bortolussi kicked three penalties to extend their lead. Portugal never gave up and David Penalva scored a try in the 33rd minute, providing their only points of the match.

Italy led 16-5 at half time but were matched by Portugal for much of the second half. However Bortolussi scored his fourth penalty of the match, followed by tries from Mauro Bergamasco and a second from Andrea Masi to wrap up the win for Italy.

Currently third in Pool C with eight points, Italy face a tough match against second placed Scotland on 29 September. New Zealand lead the group with ten points, ahead of Scotland on points difference. Portugal are bottom of the group with no points, behind Romania with one.

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