|Italy: (7) 15|
|Tries: Steyn, Padovani Pens: Allan Cons: Allan|
|Wales: (12) 26|
|Tries: Adams, Watkin Pens: Biggar 4 Cons: Biggar, Anscombe|
A grand-changed Wales aspect equalled their file race of 11 successive Test wins with an unconvincing victory over Italy in Rome.
Warren Gatland made 10 changes from the personnel that beat France and tries from Josh Adams and Owen Watkin and 14 capabilities from Dan Biggar sealed victory.
Italy spoke back with tries thru Braam Steyn and Edoardo Padovani.
Wales will destroy their file assign in 1910 if they beat England in Cardiff on 23 February.
- Italy v Wales – reaction & analysis
No longer lots of the original Wales inclusions in this experimental aspect made compelling cases to begin in opposition to Eddie Jones’ aspect in two weeks, even supposing Wasps flanker Thomas Young impressed on his Six Nations debut.
Italy beget now lost a file 19 matches in this tournament with the final victory coming in opposition to Scotland in February 2015 and their final home preserve terminate in opposition to Ireland six years within the past.
Extinct England scrum-half Matt Dawson had described Wales’ alterations as hazardous and volatile no subject the opposition.
Gatland made the equal amount of changes final one year when Wales defeated Italy 38-14 in March to begin the a hit race.
Centre Jonathan Davies captained Wales for the first time whereas flankers Young and Aaron Wainwright, cruise Jonah Holmes and scrum-half Aled Davies all made their first Six Nations begins.
Josh Navidi changed into named man of the match after transferring to amount eight with Ross Moriarty shedding to the bench, alongside regular captain Alun Wyn Jones.
Italy frustrate Wales in scrappy first half
Italy made a terrible initiating when hooker Elliot Dee forced a turnover penalty and Biggar opened the scoring after 62 seconds.
The hosts spoke back with a destroy from cruise Angelo Esposito which Wales finally repelled.
Wales were dominant within the early scrums with Biggar slotting over a straightforward penalty from one assign-allotment transgression.
The net page visitors loved superior possession and territory and ground down Italy with Biggar slotting over a third penalty.
An supreme Biggar excessive-ball preserve terminate launched one other assault nonetheless when Wales were denied by the scrambling home defence had to be reveal with the hover-half slotting over his fourth penalty.
For all Wales’ stress, Italy scored the first strive after capitalising on a miserable sliced Adams kick. The system to turn down a kick at purpose and as an alternative for decide for an attacking line-out changed into justified when Steyn finally burrowed over.
Tommaso Allan converted earlier than his penalty hit the post to construct certain Wales led 12-7 on the interval.
Wyn Jones comes on to preserve terminate Wales’ performance
Italy’s driving line-out changed into proving their simplest weapon whereas Wales’ discipline let then down first of all of the second half with Allan slotting over a penalty.
Wales’ assault changed into ponderous and Gatland spoke back by sending on squad skipper Alun Wyn Jones and Dillon Lewis after 50 minutes.
Biggar changed into responsible of two miserable kicks within the convey of just a few minutes as Wales did not receive any momentum.
The mediocrity finally lifted when scrum-half Aled Davies launched a destroy from a scrum down the loyal hand aspect.
When the ball changed into switched left, chunky-lend a hand Liam Williams sliced thru the Italian defence to put-up the strive for Adams in one of many one cutting line breaks Wales produced.
Biggar converted which proved to be his final circulation after he changed into changed by Gareth Anscombe.
Centre Davies belief he had scored Wales’ second strive after following up his occupy chip kick nonetheless he fumbled the ball within the act of scoring.
That second safe came when centre Watkin dived onto a artful chipped Anscombe kick to safe the net page visitors’ second strive.
Italy spoke back with an incisive Allan destroy to put up Padovani to safe earlier than Young changed into denied a deserved strive with the final circulation of the match because of an earlier ahead cross.
That summed up Wales’ day as one other probability went off target because of miserable execution.
A file equalling preserve terminate it would possibly maybe maybe need been nonetheless Wales will know they require a grand improved performance if they’re to beat England and turn into history makers in two weeks.
Defeat England on that day on the Principality Stadium and this Rome outing will soon be forgotten.
Man of the match – Josh Navidi
Italy: Hayward, Padovani, Campagnaro, Morisi, Esposito, Allan, Palazzani, Quaglio, Ghiraldini, Ferrari, Sisi, Budd, Negri, Steyn, Parisse.
Replacements: McKinley for Allan (48), Gori for Palazzani (60), Traore for Quaglio (51), Bigi for Ghiraldini (60), Pasquali for Ferrari (60), Ruzza for Budd (52), Barbini for Negri (57).
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Wales: L. Williams, Holmes, J. Davies, Watkin, Adams, Biggar, A. Davies, Smith, Dee, Lee, Ball, Beard, Wainwright, Young, Navidi.
Replacements: Amos for L. Williams (67), Anscombe for Biggar (55), G. Davies for A. Davies (63), W. Jones for Smith (63), Elias for Dee (67), Lewis for Lee (51), A. Jones for Ball (51), Moriarty for Navidi (67).
Ref: Mathieu Raynal (France).
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