ITALY HEAD COACH Conor O’Shea was left fuming at a decision to disallow Tito Tebaldi’s first-half try as his side came up short against Australia on Saturday.
Italy’s struggles in the second half were in stark contrast to an impressive start that saw them have two tries ruled out by the officials.
Braam Steyn’s seventh-minute effort was scratched off due to his foot being in touch, but it was Tebaldi’s disallowed score soon after that angered O’Shea.
The scrum-half intercepted a loose pass from the back of the lineout to race free and touch down under the posts, but he was denied the try as he was deemed him to have been offside.
“I am very proud of the effort and behaviour of the boys,” O’Shea was quoted by Italian publication OA Sport as saying after their 26-7 defeat to Australia.
“Perhaps if we had been more accurate we would have had a better chance, but I am proud because today is an important step for us towards the highest level.
“Would that change the game? I cannot say. Perhaps the result would not have changed but the mentality changed.
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“In any case, I am proud of this group because we played well.”