Rugby | Italy plunder seven tries in bonus-point win over Canada

Italy have scored seven tries in their bonus-point victory over Canada.

The Azzurri hammered their opponents 43-7 in Fukuoka to go top of Pool D.

Italy made a bright start, and had amassed a 17-point lead by half time.

Tommaso Allan kicked a third-minute penalty, with Braam Steyn scoring their first try five minutes later.

Allan duly converted, and Dean Budd registered another Italy try within four minutes, with Allan converting once more.

Conor O’Shea’s men led 17-0 at the interval, and notched their third try four mimutes into the second half.

Sebastian Negri added a fourth try in the 44th minute, with Allan making no mistake from the resulting conversion.

Further Italian pressure led to a penalty try just before the hour mark, and Mattia Bellini crossed the whitewash just three minutes later.

Italy were breaching Canada’s defence with alarming ease, but Andrew Coe did score a brilliant try for the North Americans with 11 minutes left on the clock.

Peter Nelson converted, but Italy still had time to grab another two tries.

Federico Zani scored their sixth try in the 73rd minute – which Carlo Canna converted – and Matteo Minozzi completed the scoring with the Europeans’ seventh try six minutes later.

Italy’s second successive comprehensive victory sees them temporarily top a pool which includes New Zealand and South Africa.