Rugby World Cup

Italy sneak past Canada in tight thriller

Italy sneak past Canada in tight thriller
Merchandise is sold outside the stadium ahead of the Pool D match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Italy and Canada at Elland Road in Leeds. Photo: Paul Ellis/AFP
Gonzalo Garcia scored Italy's 50th World Cup try to help his country secure a narrow but vital 23-18 victory over Canada in a riveting encounter on Saturday.

The result was cruel for the Canadians who lost a similarly tight duel with the same opponents 19-14 in the 2003 World Cup. They dominated for long periods and scored the try of the tournament so far through DTH van der Merwe.

Italy's win after a heavy defeat to France in their opener gives them a boost eight days from an intimidating encounter with Six Nations champions Ireland.

Canada's sole consolation was a defensive bonus point.