Italy started the Rugby World Cup with a 52-8 victory against Namibia, their best ever scoreline against the team. The match was closely contested for the first hour, with Namibia’s never-say-die attitude causing issues for Italy. However, two tries in the first 15 minutes after Namibia’s hooker received a yellow card gave Italy the advantage. Italy’s backline struggled against Namibia’s defense, but in the end, Italy’s performance improved and they scored three tries in the final nine minutes. Overall, the scoreline was more impressive than Italy’s actual display.