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Talk of an upset was high in Turin after Australia’s indifferent Championship showing, but they ran out easy 50-20 winners over Italy.
The home side did race into a 10-0 lead inside 13 minutes thanks to a try from full-back Luke McLean.
However, the Wallabies hit back with 19 unanswered first-half points thanks to tries from Ben Mowen, Tevita Kuridrani and Nick Cummins.
Cummins added a second-10 minutes into the second period to quell any talk of a ninth international defeat in 12 matches, and then, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Joe Tomane and Israel Folau also crossed to give Ewen McKenzie’s side an emphatic victory.
Italy have now failed to beat Australia in 15 matches over the last 30 years, but Tommaso Allan’s late try at least gave the home fans something to cheer about.