Italy 14 - 32 Australia: Boot of Barnes is key as Australia are made to toil

Berrick Barnes put on an exhibition of kicking as Australia battled to a hard-fought win over Italy in Florence on Saturday.

Barnes kicked a perfect eight out of eight - six penalties and conversions from tries by Drew Mitchell and Rocky Elsom - but it was far from comfortable for the Wallabies.

The Azzurri pulled to within four points at half-time and a try from Robert Barbieri exposed the visitors' scrum problems once again, but in the end they were strong enough.

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Ten points ahead after 13 minutes, Australia seemed well in control, but Luciano Orquera scored a long-range penalty which just crept over and needed video replays to confirm its validity and Bergamasco added another three-pointer to make it 13-9 at half-time.

However, Italy's hopes all but vanished within 10 minutes of the restart, though, as Barnes split the posts with three more penalties to ease any Australian nerves and Elsom's late try put a comfortable sheen on the score.

Italy: McLean, Benvenuti, Canale, Sgarbi (Masi 61), Bergamasco, Orquera (Bocchino 68), Gori (Canavosio 61), Parisse (capt), Zanni (Barbieri 55) Derbyshire, Geldenhuys, Del Fava (Dellape 68), Castrogiovanni (Cittadini 55), Ongaro (Festuccia 49), Lo Cicero.

Australia: Beale, Turner, Ashley-Cooper (McCabe 79), Barnes, Mitchell, Cooper, Burgess, McCalman, Pocock (Chisholm), Elsom (capt), Sharpe (Hodgson 68), Simmons, Alexander, Moore (Polota-Nau 68), Slipper (Robinson 68, Slipper 74). Unused replacements: Genia, Giteau.