Italy score four tries in 28-17 vic­tory over Ge­or­gia

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Italy boosted their case for con­tin­ued in­clu­sion in the Six Na­tions yes­ter­day with a 28-17 win over Ge­or­gia, the team of­ten cited as hav­ing bet­ter cre­den­tials.

Italy scored four tries, in­clud­ing one by Tom­maso Allan who also kicked two penal­ties and a con­ver­sion, in the first meet­ing of the sides since 2003.

The game was seen as an un­of­fi­cial test of Italy’s right to stay in the Six Na­tions, where they have not won a match since 2015 and have fin­ished bot­tom for the last three sea­sons.

Ge­or­gia have won the Europe In­ter­na­tional Cham­pi­onships — ef­fec­tively a sec­ond-tier event — for eight of the last 10 sea­sons but there is no pro­mo­tion and rel­e­ga­tion be­tween the two com­pe­ti­tions.

Af­ter Allan con­verted an early penalty, a stun­ning solo try from Ge­or­gia’s Ta­maz Mchedlidze and a Soso Ma­ti­ashvili con­ver­sion gave the vis­i­tors an early 7-3 lead.

But tries by Michele Cam­pag­naro and Mat­tia Bellini, with an Allan penalty in be­tween, gave Italy an 18-7 half­time ad­van­tage.

Italy in­creased their lead with fur­ther tries by Si­mone Fer­rari and Allan. Ma­ti­ashvili con­verted a penalty in be­tween and Ge­or­gia re­duced the ar­rears with a penalty try.

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