VIDEO: Canada v Italy Highlights

Date published: September 27 2015

Gonzalo Garcia's second half try proved to be the crucial score for Italy as they held off a spirited Canada side to record their opening win of the Rugby World Cup.

Both teams crossed for two tries but it was the boot of pivot Tommaso Allan that proved the difference as the Azzurri picked up their first victory of the pool.

For Canada this was a much-improved performance from their heavy defeat to Ireland as tries from wing DTH van der Merwe and full-back Matt Evans put them ahead on two separate occasions in front of 33,120 supporters in Yorkshire.

The scorers:

For Italy:

Tries: Rizzo, Garcia

Con: Allan 2

Pen: Allan 3 

For Canada:

Tries: Van der Merwe, Evans

Con: Hirayama

Pen: Hirayama 2