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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Wales win in Rome with comfortable victory over Italy

Wales beat Italy 26-9 in a scrappy Six Nations encounter in Rome on Saturday thanks to tries by Jonathan Davies and Alex Cuthbert. Italy were without inspirational leader Sergio Parisse, who received a heavy banned earlier in the week.

Leigh Halfpenny had another good game as he landed some impressive kicks at goal, only missing one attempt all match. Italy flyhalf Kris Burton himself kept the hosts in it for most of the first half, but early in the second Wales extended their lead as Davies snapped up a bobbling ball.

Not long after prop Martin Castrogiovanni was yellow carded for a scrum infringement, Wales scored again, this time through wing Cuthbert, giving the visitors a sizable advantage.

"The second half was all about composure and patience. We were clinical and took our opportunities," said interim Wales coach Rob Howley.

"We had to be flexible and change our game plan a little bit There weren't always going to be opportunities in a game like that and probably the conditions suited Italy. But to come away winning 26-9 is something which I would have taken at the beginning of the game."

Italy coach Jacques Brunel said his team didn't manage territory as well as the Welsh.

"It's true that we were only at 9-6, but we never had control of the game. They controlled the play, especially with the boot and in the scrum. They were more precise than us in their play.

"In the second half we had the chance to score and five minutes later they have a similar kick and they score from it. That's the difference," Brunel said.

Wales face Scotland at Murrayfield in two weeks time, while Italy face England at Twickenham.

Posted at 10:44 am | 7 comments

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Lucius February 24, 2013 7:43 pm

va bene, vorrà dire che vinceremo con l'Inghilterra a Twichenham

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Reality February 27, 2013 12:10 am

Magari avessi il tuo ottimismo :P . Ma, finché c'è vita c'è speranza.

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Reality February 24, 2013 8:10 pm

Would referees ever learn to penalise people for obstruction? It seems quite odd that Alex Cuthbert can keep running straight through the middle of defensive lines and scoring tries without anyone laying a finger on him.

And Christopher Burton; is he serious? What was he doing for that try? The ball bounced and he just sort of ran across it and into his own player, instead of catching the ball. Surely there's someone better? Anyone else would do.

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bnations February 25, 2013 6:30 am

I suspect that referees will start penalizing obstruction just about the same time that they go back to penalizing crooked feeds at the scrum.

;-)

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browner February 24, 2013 8:49 pm

60.10 mins great blocking run, almost AllBlackesk !

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brawnybalboa February 25, 2013 12:30 am

There was no block there. The Italians were drifting and Gonzalo Canale is sucked in by Jon Davies's run, and Cuthbert runs a cracking line through the gap.

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An Uachtar February 26, 2013 3:22 am

The video commentator ruins every clip for me. He tells us what happens before we get to watch the action. Completely wrecks the point of having video at all. Absolutely brutal.

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