AUCKLAND, New Zealand - Italy put away Russia with its biggest World Cup victory ever, and Samoa centre Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu escaped with a warning Tuesday from organizers for some controversial tweets.
Italy, a tournament regular since the first in 1987, achieved its highest cup score with a 53-17 win over newcomer Russia.
The only teams yet to score a try in this World Cup served up a 12-try show for an appreciative crowd of 12,415 in Trafalgar Park.
The Italians had failed to score a try in an opening 32-6 loss to Australia, and wanted a bonus-point win to have any chance of qualifying from Pool C for the quarterfinals.
They accomplished the mission quickly. Giulio Toniolatti scored his second try and Italy's fourth in the 23rd minute. By halftime, they led 38-7.
Fellow winger Tommaso Benvenuti also ran in a pair, and there were further tries for Edoardo Gori, Luke McLean, and replacement Alesssandro Zanni. Italy received a penalty try not long before halftime, just before hooker Fabio Ongaro was sin-binned for a late tackle.
Vladimir Ostroushko, Alexey Makovetskiy and replacement Alexander Yanyushkin crossed for Russia.
Fuimaono-Sapolu crossed World Cup organizers by describing their treatment of Samoa as akin to the Holocaust, slavery and apartheid.
The vent on Twitter after Samoa lost to Wales 17-10 on Sunday has since been deleted, but his complaint that Samoa and other Tier Two and Three teams have an unfair schedule compared to the top-tier sides resonated in the rugby world.
He challenged the International Rugby Board to suspend him, saying it would be another injustice. But in a meeting with Rugby World Cup Limited, Samoa officials apologized on his behalf and the organizers let the England-based centre off with a warning.
"RWCL has accepted an official apology and is satisfied with the proactive measures that the union has outlined to RWCL to address the matter," it said in a statement. "There will be no further action and RWCL considers the matter to be closed."
Fuimaono-Sapolu had Tuesday off like the rest of his team and didn't attend the meeting, but Samoa said when the players regroup on Wednesday they will decide whether he should receive punishment from the team.
One who was punished on Tuesday was Fiji flanker Dominiko Waqaniburotu, who was issued a three-week suspension for a dangerous tip tackle on South Africa fullback Pat Lambie last weekend. Waqaniburotu will miss the Fijians' remaining pool matches against Samoa and Wales, and the quarterfinals if they make it.
In Wednesday's only match, Tonga and Japan, both winless, meet in Whangarei.
Neighbours South Africa and Namibia then meet for only the second time ever on Thursday in Auckland.
Expected to win big, the Springboks have given first starts in this tournament to tighthead prop CJ van der Linde, utility forward Willem Alberts, scrumhalf Francois Hougaard and winger Gio Aplon. Star winger Bryan Habana, recovered from a knee injury, has a chance to end an 11-test drought and become South Africa's outright leading try-scorer. Habana has shared the record of 38 with Joost van der Westhuizen for more than a year.
"If that 39th try comes, it comes, and if the Springboks win 150-0 without me scoring a try and I've contributed, then I'll be happy," Habana said.
Coach Peter de Villiers loved the attitude: "If you can give me one player on this team that will put his interests above the interests of the team, then today I will personally send him home."
Ten of the Namibian team are set to start for a third straight Pool D match.
France surprised in the team named to play New Zealand at Eden Park this weekend, dropping flyhalf Francois Trinh-Duc and replacing him with regular scrumhalf Morgan Parra.
Feisty coach Marc Lievrement said he was not impressed with Trinh-Duc in the narrow wins over Japan and Canada and was challenging him to regain his old form. Lievremont said Parra deserved to play outside scrumhalf rival Dimitri Yachvili.
Parra played club rugby at flyhalf three years ago, but otherwise has appeared sparingly in the pivotal role. Only last week, Parra said he was struggling to see himself as a No. 10, despite an encouraging performance against Japan when he replaced the injured David Skrela.
"I will give it my best, and try and do something good," he said. "I have nothing to lose, I know that. I won't ask myself too many questions and try to enjoy it."