2021 Rugby League World Cup

16 October 2022 • KO 14:30

4 v 28

Kingston Park, Newcastle upon Tyne

Attendance: 6206

Referee : Todd Smith

Match Stats
1   Tries   5
0   Conversions   4
0   Penalties   0
0   Drop Goals   0

Match Report

Italy
Jake Maizen’s hat-trick helped Italy get their World Cup campaign off to a flying start with a well deserved 28-4 win over Scotland at Kingston Park.

Tries for Luke Polselli and Dean Parata gave Leo Epifania’s men a 12-0 cushion at the break but it could have been more with two gilt-edged chances squandered as Scotland failed to capitalise on several repeat sets.

Maizen crossed for two in five minutes on the left wing at the start of the second half to take the sting out of the Bravehearts before completing his hat-trick with a long-distance stunner.

Lachlan Walmsley’s try prevented Scotland from finishing scoreless but this inspired display will give the Italians real hope of upsetting Fiji at the same venue next Saturday.

Both sides started with plenty of intensity but struggled to complete early on before Scotland’s Matty Russell thought he had scored the first try of the afternoon, only for a knock-on in the build-up to be spotted following a lengthy video review.

And it was Italy who broke the deadlock after ten minutes with a great finish when full-back Polselli got to Radean Robinson’s grubber kick in the nick of time to dot down.

Undeterred, Scotland grabbed the ascendancy as Italy repeatedly infringed, Ryan Brierley’s floated pass finding Walmsley who was stopped just short of the line before the ball was illegally stripped out of his grasp.

Liam Hood took advantage of a quick play the ball to collect his own grubber but dummied instead of passing to Russell who looked to have a clear run to the line.

And Italy made Scotland pay for failing to convert their pressure into points as Hood’s opposite man Parata scurried over from dummy-half, Jack Campagnolo’s second conversion stretching the lead to 12-0.

Campagnolo’s boot continued to trouble the Scots in open play too, Brierley struggling to get to grips with a towering spiral bomb.

Then it was Italy’s turn to bomb chances as they were first denied by Walmsley’s outstretched hand before wing Maizen fumbled with the try line at his mercy, although centre Daniel Atkinson would surely have scored himself if he had held onto the ball.

Captain Dale Ferguson had been called off the bench to add impetus by Scotland coach Nathan Graham but it wasn’t long before he was trudging back having been sin-binned after his studs made contact with Atkinson’s calf in a tackle.

Scotland finally got their offload game firing, NRL star Euan Aitken finding Bayley Liu out the back door but the centre lost the ball a metre out in the final action of the half.

Italy continued where they left off after the break, Maizen finally getting on the scoresheet by dragging himself over in the corner with Campagnolo adding the extras from the touchline to make it 18-0 just before Scotland returned to a full complement.

It made no difference, however, as only Brierley’s try-saving tackle stopped Atkinson in full flow.

But the reprieve was short-lived as smart work on the short side from Polselli allowed Maizen to catch his opposite man Walmsley napping and dive in for his second.

And he completed his hat-trick late on after a lovely arcing run took him past the defence and he steamed home from 80 metres out.

There was plenty of support for Scotland in the crowd of 6,206 and they finally had something to celebrate when Aitken’s offload found Walmsley who jinked inside for a consolation score late on.

Team Lists and Scoring Information

Scotland Tries Goals DGs Pts Cards
1 Lachlan Walmsley 1 4
2 Matthew Russell
3 Bayley Liu
4 Kieran Buchanan
5 Calum Gahan
6 Bailey Hayward
7 Ryan Brierley
8 Logan Bayliss-Brow
9 Liam Hood
10 Sam Luckley
11 Euan Aitken
12 Kane Linnett
13 James Bell
Substitute
14 Kyle Schneider
15 Luke Bain
16 Ben Hellewell
17 Dale Ferguson (c) Y
18 Jack Teanby
Italy Tries Goals DGs Pts Cards
1 Luke Polselli 1 4
2 Richard Lepori
3 Ethan Natoli
4 Daniel Atkinson
5 Jake Maizen 3 12
6 Jack Campagnolo 4 8
7 Radean Robinson
8 Luca Moretti
9 Dean Parata 1 4
10 Anton Iaria
11 Brenden Santi
12 Ryan King
13 Nathan Brown (c)
Substitute
14 Joe Tramontana
16 Gioele Celerino
18 Kyle Pickering
19 Luke Hodge
20 Jack Colovatti
Time Score Player Team Action
9 0 - 4 Luke Polselli Italy Try
10 0 - 6 Jack Campagnolo Italy Conversion
22 0 - 10 Dean Parata Italy Try
24 0 - 12 Jack Campagnolo Italy Conversion
25 0 - 12 Sam Luckley Scotland Replacement Off
25 0 - 12 Dale Ferguson Scotland Replacement On
27 0 - 12 Kyle Schneider Scotland Replacement On
27 0 - 12 Liam Hood Scotland Replacement Off
28 0 - 12 Logan Bayliss-Brow Scotland Replacement Off
28 0 - 12 Luke Bain Scotland Replacement On
29 0 - 12 Luke Hodge Italy Replacement On
29 0 - 12 Luca Moretti Italy Replacement Off
31 0 - 12 Anton Iaria Italy Replacement Off
31 0 - 12 Jack Colovatti Italy Replacement On
36 0 - 12 Dale Ferguson Scotland Yellow Card
44 0 - 16 Jake Maizen Italy Try
45 0 - 18 Jack Campagnolo Italy Conversion
46 0 - 18 Bayley Liu Scotland Replacement Off
46 0 - 18 Ben Hellewell Scotland Replacement On
48 0 - 22 Jake Maizen Italy Try
50 0 - 22 Jack Campagnolo Italy Missed Conversion
58 0 - 22 Ryan King Italy Replacement Off
58 0 - 22 Luca Moretti Italy Replacement On
58 0 - 22 Anton Iaria Italy Replacement On
58 0 - 22 Jack Colovatti Italy Replacement Off
63 0 - 22 Liam Hood Scotland Replacement On
63 0 - 22 Kyle Schneider Scotland Replacement Off
70 0 - 22 Luke Bain Scotland Replacement Off
70 0 - 22 Logan Bayliss-Brow Scotland Replacement On
70 0 - 22 Sam Luckley Scotland Replacement On
70 0 - 22 Joe Tramontana Italy Replacement On
70 0 - 22 Dale Ferguson Scotland Replacement Off
70 0 - 22 Dean Parata Italy Replacement Off
71 0 - 22 Luke Hodge Italy Replacement Off
71 0 - 22 Gioele Celerino Italy Replacement On
71 0 - 22 Jack Colovatti Italy Replacement On
71 0 - 22 Nathan Brown Italy Replacement Off
73 0 - 26 Jake Maizen Italy Try
75 0 - 28 Jack Campagnolo Italy Conversion
76 4 - 28 Lachlan Walmsley Scotland Try
77 4 - 28 Ryan Brierley Scotland Missed Conversion