Updated: 25/06/2012 08:52 | By pa.press.net

Azzurri on form in America



Kristopher Burton (© right)

Kristopher Burton (right) touched down for Italy in front of a record crowd of rugby fans in Houston

Italy beat the United States 30-10 in front of a record home crowd for the Americans in Houston.

More than 17,000 watched on as the Americans struggled with 13 men in the second half following red cards for Andrew Suniula in the 44th minute and Paul Emerick in the 65th minute.

However, the Azzurri were already in the lead before either player was dismissed, with Carlo Festuccia capitalising on a botched line-out to score the opening try just three minutes in.

After the teams traded penalties, the United States tied the match when Emerick scored their only try in the 27th minute.

But Italy responded quickly, first with a penalty and then a try from Edoardo Gori to go 20-10 up before half-time.

Things then began to unravel for the Americans, with Suniula dismissed for a late hit on Riccardo Bocchino and then Emerick seeing red for a shoulder charge.

Italy took advantage in the final 15 minutes with Bocchino slotting another penalty before Kristopher Barton capped the win with a 77th-minute try.

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