Italy claim first Six Nations Under-20 Summer Series victory

Italy concluded the first round of the Six Nations Under-20 Summer Series with a comfortable 36-19 victory over a defiant Georgia at the Stadio di Monigo.

Despite falling behind to less than 90 seconds, the Azzurrini rallied and got the bonus point right after the interval, heading home afterwards.

Italian tries came from Dewi Passarella, Andrea Cuoghi, Lapo Frangini, Ross Vintcent and Federico Cuminetti, while Nika Sutidze, Paata Galdava and Shalva Aptsiauri signed up for Georgia.

Key player: Lorenzo Pani

King of the skies in Treviso, Lorenzo Pani did everything except score.

As Italy struggled to get going in the early stages, he offered threat in attack and composure in defence. He brought the crowd to life with an early chip and chase that almost led to a score in the corner, but for a late Georgia defense.

He also completed a full 80 minutes and showed incredible physical form in the unwavering heat, even sitting on Cuminetti’s shoulder as he headed home for Italy’s final score in the dying seconds.

Game of the game: Teneggi lights it up

Some players have a knack for making rugby easy.

Italy’s senior fly-half Paolo Garbisi is in that bracket, as is their Under-20 playmaker Nicolo Teneggi.

Teneggi caught the eye for more than her floppy hair and compact figure as Italy defeated Georgia in Treviso.

Their second try was his best work in an impressive performance.

Sensing danger from the blindside, he asked for the ball from scrum-half Cuoghi.

From there he darted through a gap in the Georgian defense and, with two defenders hot on his heels, produced a superb backhand pass to clear Passarella.

As the enthusiastic Italian crowd rose to applaud their hero, Teneggi’s teammates also appreciated his contribution. It was one of those rare instances where the assistant was assaulted before the goalscorer.

Key talking point: Italy to be beaten at home

At kick-off, there was a sort of festival atmosphere, as the home support roared their team on the pitch and burst with pride during “Il Canto degli Italiani”, the Italian national anthem.

Having fallen behind, the crowd thought Italy had gained a foothold in the game when Passarella’s effort put them ahead.

But when Georgia’s Galdava restored the visitors’ lead within two minutes, fears of an upset quickly began to spread. The crowd, however, refused to let this worry fester and instead cheered each blow and carried more than the last.

Given the heat, which appeals to Italy more than their Pool B rivals, and having already beaten Scotland and Wales this year, Italy will try their luck over the next fortnight. .

Key moment: Captain Vincent breaks through

Despite coming from behind to lead, Italy never seemed to be in complete control in what was largely a frenetic first half.

Everything changed within five minutes of the second half, as skipper Vintcent crossed the line and rushed to slip under the sticks.

The passes don’t come much flatter than Cuoghi’s assist, but Vintcent’s line was just as good, taking the Georgian defense completely by surprise.

The timing of the trial was also important. Just five minutes into the second half and pushing Italy to 17, Georgia were clearly deflated after tying Italy for long stretches.

The Six Nations Under-20 Summer Series runs from June 24 to July 12. Fans can watch every game live. For more information visit:

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