Australia eased the pressure on coach Michael Cheika – for now – with a difficult but sometimes unconvincing win 26-7 over Italy in Padua.
Under attack from a secret attack last week in defeat 9-6 with Wales, The Wallabies carried out four attempts to seal the 18th victory over Azzurri. It also meant for the first time in 11 years Wallabies lost less than 10 points in the next test games.
However, the win could have cost David Pocock, who left the field at the beginning of the second half with a "glutton" who could have eliminated him from the next-week clash with England at Twickenham.
"Apparently he has a pretty unpleasant sting on his neck," Cheika said after the match. "It burned his hands for a while.
"We will wait and see what will happen and see how it will recover in the next few days."
Italy has previously informed tourists about their intentions to end their fatal record against Australia, starting from blocks. Only the gang beat the centimeters from the line refused to number 8, Braam Steyn, from opening the goal in the seventh minute after Tommaso Benvenuti went through the defense of Wallabies and threw the ball forward.
The hosts were furious after three minutes when unsuccessful turned in striker Jake & # 39; and Gordon, who was intercepted by Tito Tebaldi, who led the ball under the poles, just to try to controversially call Pascal Gauzere for being offside.
It was difficult for the Italians who were in the first half in the first half, and coach Conor O & # 39; Shea unloaded Gauzere without consulting the third player (TMO) before making the call.
"You have to choose your words very carefully, because my wife would be very annoyed if I was fined and we do not have that money for Christmas," Shea said after the match.
"I just want the same rules for both teams.
"We want only consistency, cohesion in the event of failure, so there is no one rule for one and the other for the other.
"For me, why not go upstairs when it's there, it's just unbelievable. It's unbelievable."
The close call eventually triggered the wallabies to action and jumped into the inventory and opened a scoring with the first decent attack.
Samu Kerevi made a strong attack and threw the ball on Adam Ashley-Cooper, who in turn found the attacker Pocock for support.
With the blue shirt approaching, the number 8 moved the ball to Marika Koroibete, who touched under the posts.
The former Winger NRL scored his second attempt just before the break after a good job from Ashley-Cooper with Matt Toomua again adding the additions.
In the second half, the drivers extended their lead just after the restart, when Tongan Thor by Taniela Tupou broke through the line after switching with Jack Dempsey.
But the hosts rebounded when Mattia Bellini picked up a loose pass from Bernard Foley and a 50-meter sprint to get his side on the scoreboard. This attempt strengthened the faith of the hosts when they besieged the Wallabs.
However, the tourists withstood the wave after a wave of attacks despite having 14 men on the pitch for 10 minutes after Scott Sio was punished with a yellow card for deliberate demand.
This unique effort on his own line was rewarded late in the game, when Will Genia, in his 99 game in Australian colors, threw himself up close.