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London Italians RFC beat Finchley

Match Report for Finchley 3rd XV vs London Italian Rugby 1st XV

Final Score:Finchley 12 London Italians 35

London Italian Rugby scorers:

- Antony Mistretta converted N.Rastelli

- Fabrizio Bonatesta converted N.Rastelli

- Sean Gourley converted N.Rastelli

- Stevie Young converted N.Rastelli

- Marco Cirillo converted N.Rastelli

London Italian Rugby’s first game in over 2 years was greeted by fantastic summer time weather and a scratch team demonstrating a high calibre on individual talent and team playing ability.

It was evident from the outset that the London Italian forwards had the advantage over their Finchley counterparts and this resulted in some dominant defensive play resulting in a turnover from a Finchley ruck and Antony Mistretta running in from the London Italian 22. The try was converted by N.Rastelli.

London Italian second try was again brought on by some disruptive play from the forwards, turning over the Finchley line out in the Finchley 22 and with quick ball being passed out to inside centre, Fabrizio Bonatesta, who ran through two would be Finchley tackles to score under the posts. Again the try was converted by N.Rastelli.

Finchley’s experience began to show at this point and with a number of questionable referee decisions being granted to the Finchley side, pressure was continuously applied to the London Italian line. Ultimately this pressure told as one of the Finchley props rumbled over the London Italian line with the try converted.

Undeterred by this set back, London Italian returned to the Finchley end of the field and with some outstanding offload play from Crichten, Bonatesta and N.Rastelli, Sean Gourley was able to stroll over the Finchley line untouched. For a third time N.Rastelli converted.

The first half ended with a small fracas resulting in Bonatesta being sin binned for 10 minutes and from the resultant penalty Finchley’s forwards drove the London Italian pack back over their own line, touching down for their second try of the game. The conversion was this time missed.

A number of changes were made at half time on both sides and this did result in somewhat of a lack of fluidity in the game with a number of knock ons and penalties being given away by both sides. London Italian however never looked threatened and it was only a matter of time until London Italian crossed the line. A well worked move from the base of a solid London Italian scrum resulted in Stevie Young crossing in the corner. The difficult angle caused little trouble for N.Rastelli who added the extras.

The final play of the game again demonstrated the power of the London Italian forwards with an unstoppable rolling maul being driven up to the Finchley line and Marco Cirillo breaking off to score under the posts. The final conversion was kicked by N.Rastelli leaving him with a 100% goal kicking record for the day.

London Italian Rugby will be pleased with their maiden outing with some strong performances all over the pitch and a number of new faces being introduced to the team.

London Italian Rugby: Young, Mistretta (R.Attanasio), Gibbons (E.Rastelli), Bonatesta, Bongiorni (Mariotti), N.Rastelli (c), Torracca (M.Attanasio); Gourley, Usai, Pontico (Ronchetti), Cirillo, Gherzi (Fiori), Briamonte, Crichten, Perera (Liddell)

Marco Attanasio

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