South Africa travel to Padua to meet Italy on Saturday in their penultimate fixture of this year’s outgoing tour. Considering the quality of the opposition and their recent form, this is a match Allister Coetzee’s men would have been eyeing as the easiest of the tour, but if their shock defeat in Florence last year is anything to go by, nothing is a given.
Italy vs South Africa kick off live stream
Kick off is at 15:00 and the game will be broadcast on Supersport 1 (SS1).
South Africa: Andries Coetzee, Dillyn Leyds, Jesse Kriel, Francois Venter, Courtnall Skosan, Handre Pollard, Ross Cronje, Duane Vermeulen, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Francois Louw, Lood de Jager, Eben Etzebeth, Wilco Louw, Bongi Mbonambi, Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: Chiliboy Ralepelle, Steven Kitshoff, Trevor Nyakane, Franco Mostert, Dan du Preez, Rudy Paige, Elton Jantjies, Warrick Gelant.
Italy vs South Africa Head to head
Up until Italy’s shock 20-18 win in Florence last year, a Springbok defeat in a clash between these two sides was almost unthinkable. That was the hosts’ first win in 13 encounters against the Boks.
The man believed to have plotted the Boks’ demise, Brenden Venter has since switched camps and is working as the his home country’s defence coach, but the Italians still boast another South African in their ranks in Marius Goosen, their head coach.
The South Africans have inflicted heavy defeats on the Italians including their heaviest in history, where Nick Mallett’s then defending world champions racked up 101 unanswered points in June 1999.
The most points Italy have scored against South Africa were in a losing cause where they managed to run in 31 points, only for their opponents to double that tally.
That victory ended a five-game winless streak which included heavy defeats to New Zealand and Ireland.
The hosts, on the other hand are coming off a 31-15 home defeat at the hands of Argentina, a game which was preceded by a 19-10 victory against Fiji, their first win this year. For these sides the last six games makes for sorry reading – both boasting just one win – with South Africa’s twin draws against Australia giving their record a bit of a glow compared to their opponents.