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Rugby-Ruthless Italy crush Russia 85-15 in World Cup warm-up

Aug 17 (Reuters) – Italy submitted Russia to a humbling 85-15 defeat on Saturday, running in 13 tries in their final home appearance before the Rugby World Cup.

Matteo Minozzi led the scoring with three tries at the Stadio Riviera delle Palme in San Benedetto del Tronto as Italy’s back division ran riot. Captain Sergio Parisse was also among the try-scorers as Italy reached halftime 38-8 ahead.

The pace did not drop as Tommaso Allan, who kicked six conversions, went over within a minute of the restart. Other notable performances came from Mattia Bellini and Edoardo Padovani, who both…

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