bbc sport italy v canada

Italy win, with the Pool B Giants yet to come

Italy (ranked 13th) won 48 – 7 on 26th September to beat their lower ranked opponents Canada (ranked 18th)[1]. Contrary to yesterday’s shock score[2], today’s result was of a margin of victory so true to expectations that the world cup ranking table remains completely unchanged.  

Italy has now successfully defeated the two lowest ranked teams in Pool B, but far sterner challenges lie ahead in the form of South Africa and New Zealand. Of course, Canada must face New Zealand and South Africa too, although a more closely contested matchup is likely to be found in their final group game against Namibia.