Italy 9 - 26 Wales

Match info: Six Nations at Stadio Flaminio, Rome

Date: 23/02/2013 KO: 14:30 Att: 73,526

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


PenaltiesBurton (9, 30, 50)



TriesDavies (43) Cuthbert (60)ConversionsHalfpenny (45, 60)PenaltiesHalfpenny (7, 16, 20, 52)

FT (ht: 6-9)

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  • And that is that from the Stadio Olimpico. Full credit to Wales who make it two wins from three in the Six Nations following their disappointing start at home to Ireland. Italy need to regroup and quickly.

  • Halfpenny is named man-of-the-match in Rome but we also feel a mention for the Welsh pack is needed.

  • This will be Wales' seventeenth win in twenty games against Italy. Next up is Le Crunch of course.

  • That's all of the Welsh bench on the field now for the closing minutes while poor Orquera is the lone figure on the Italian pine. What a boost for Wales this is, having won back-to-back wins on the road.

  • It just hasn't happened for the Azzurri today as the usually reliable Zanni spills one on halfway.

  • Italy know this game is beyond them and thus ring the changes as all but two of their bench is now on. It's the same story for Wales too, who are defending stoutly on halfway, forcing Botes to kick high.

  • Speaking of Jones, he is now being replaced by Warburton after a job well done. Welsh throw 20 out.

  • Credit must go to Ryan Jones once again for his leadership as his pack go through the phases up to the Italian 22. Can they get up to the 30-point mark here? It looks promising as Castro waits to return.

  • Italy are on the Welsh 22 but their frustrating afternoon continues as an error leads to replacement Lloyd Williams putting in. Wales will look to clear from here, which they do through centre Roberts.

  • So are we looking at a potential Championship decider between Wales and England on the final day? We shouldn't get too far ahead of ourselves but it could happen. What a match that would be in Cardiff.

  • HALFPENNY CONVERSION! 9-26! Neil Jenkins pats his kicker on the back and deservedly so. A fine kick.

  • CUTHBERT TRY! 9-24! That should be that then. A fantastic line from the Cardiff Blues wing, who came off his wing behind Davies and then set off for the left corner. Great try as Castrogiovanni looks on.

  • CASTROGIOVANNI YELLOW! Phillips will put in just outside his own 22 as the two sodden packs get ready to go at each other. Well, it is a yellow card for Castrogiovanni as Poite blows for an indiscretion.

  • Paul James, Ken Owens and Alun-Wyn Jones are all on for Wales here before Italy send on Davide Giazzon, Alberto De Marchi and Quintin Geldenhuys. Fresh legs then for the final hour or so here.

  • HALFPENNY PENALTY! 9-19! That didn't last long. A scrum penalty hands Wales three points.

  • The margins between success and failure and all that. Italy have just looked for position but the ball bobbles painfully the wrong side of the corner flag so instead of a line-out 5 out, it's a scrum back.

  • BURTON PENALTY! 9-16! Lovely strike again and they have some reward for that spell.

  • Next job, check. They have pressured Wales enough at that line-out to force the turnover five out.

  • Italy need to score next you feel as a margin of this size in these conditions is fairly strong. They do the first thing well as territory is in the bag .. now, to apply some pressure on Hibbard's throw.

  • HALFPENNY CONVERSION! 6-16! That puts the lead out to ten points.


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