LiveLIVE: Wales v Italy

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Summary

  • Wales open up against an Italy side that they beat 26-9 in Rome on their way to the 2013 title.
  • Warren Gatland is back at the helm after sitting out last year because of his British and Irish Lions commitments.
  • Wales, who are skippered by Alun Wyn Jones, are overwhelming 1/25 favourites with the bookies to beat the Azzurri.
  • But Italy are led by one of the best players in the world in number eight Sergio Parisse and beat France and Ireland in 2013.

4:18pm

4:17pm

4:15pm

FT: Wales 23 Italy 15

Wales get their Six Nations campaign off to a winning start but it was pretty unconvincing stuff

Gatland's men will have to improve dramatically to get a result in Dublin next Saturday

Report to follow...

4:13pm

Italy's Michele Campagnaro gets the official man of the match award for his two tries. Well deserved

4:10pm

Just two minutes left now and Wales look like they will hang on for the victory

4:09pm

4:06pm

Halfpenny puts Wales eight points clear with a simple penalty. 23-15 now

4:03pm

Allan kicked the conversion and it's tight now. Wales 20 Italy 15 with ten minutes left on the clock

4:02pm

TRY Campagnaro gets his second of the game after intercepting Halfpenny's pass and racing under the posts from 50 metres

3:59pm

Easy penalty in front of the posts for Halfpenny. Wales have a bit more breathing space at 20-8

3:58pm

3:55pm

Biggest cheer of the day for Sam Warburton replacing Dan Lydiate. The place goes wild!

3:53pm

3:49pm

Newport Gwent Dragons star Andrew Coombs replaces former Dragons favourite Luke Charteris

3:48pm

Attendance here at the Millennium Stadium is 66,974

3:44pm

CLOSE: Priestland makes a superb break for the line but just runs out of space as he's forced into touch and his pass inside fails to find a teammate

3:43pm

Italians putting Gatland's men under some pressure in the opening stages of the second half but Wales still lead 17-8

3:41pm

3:38pm

Allan hits the upright with a penalty. Nobody wants to trouble the scorers at present. Still 17-8

3:36pm

3:35pm

A rare sight as Halfpenny misses with a penalty, still 17-8

3:32pm

Controversy over a potential forward pass for the Italian try but the video ref saw nothing wrong

3:31pm

Allan misses the conversion. Wales 17 Italy 8

3:29pm

TRY: Campagnaro beats Faletau in a race to the ball and just touches down in time for a shock Italy try. 17-8

3:27pm

Second half is under way at the Millennium Stadium. Wales lead 17-3

3:15pm

HT: Wales 17 Italy 3

Comfortable for Wales for the most part after a great start and end to the half

Italy had their moments but Wales are in charge

3:13pm

Halfpenny makes no mistake with the conversion. Wales 17 Italy 3

3:12pm

TRY Scott Williams crashes over the line after a great break from Jamie Roberts. Wales 15 Italy 3

3:08pm

Sergio Parisse wins mid-air battle with George North to cross the try line but it's ruled as a knock-on. No try. Wales still lead 10-3

3:04pm

That kick takes Leigh Halfpenny to 349 points and into 3rd in all-time Wales list, past James Hook. Only Jenks and S Jones ahead of him now

3:03pm

3:01pm

Halfpenny slots over his first penalty of the day. Wales 10 Italy 3

2:53pm

CLOSE: Nice move from Wales, spread wide from North to Alun Wyn Jones but the skipper is put into touch by Esposito, making up a little for his mistake for the first try

2:45pm

Tomasso Allan kicks Italy's first points from in front of the posts. Wales 7 Italy 3

2:41pm

2:39pm

CLOSE: Almost a second try for Wales as George North kicked through but Sarto won the chase and the Italians escape further punishment. For now

2:37pm

Halfpenny kicks the conversion. Wales lead 7-0 after five minutes. Great start for Warren Gatland's men

2:35pm

Priestland kick through, Esposito missed the ball and Cuthbert was on hand to go over in the corner

2:35pm

TRY: Cuthbert goes over 5-0 Wales

2:34pm

2:31pm

Tomasso Allan kicks-off

2:30pm

Two of the best anthems in the world belted out with gusto, now down to action

2:25pm

We've got flames and fireworks as the teams enter the pitch. Will there be fireworks when we kick-off? Just five minutes to go now

2:23pm

2:15pm

1:58pm

Wales: L Halfpenny (Cardiff Blues); A Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues), S Williams (Scarlets), J Roberts (Racing Metro), G North (Northampton); R Priestland (Scarlets), M Phillips (Racing Metro); P James (Bath), R Hibbard (Ospreys), A Jones (Ospreys), L Charteris (Perpignan), AW Jones (Ospreys, captain), D Lydiate (Racing Metro), J Tipuric (Ospreys), T Faletau (Dragons). Replacements: K Owens (Scarlets), R Bevington (Ospreys), R Jones (Scarlets), A Coombs (Dragons), S Warburton (Cardiff Blues), R Webb (Ospreys), J Hook (Perpignan), L Williams (Scarlets).

Italy: L McLean (Treviso); A Esposito (Treviso), M Campagnaro (Treviso), A Sgarbi (Treviso), L Sarto (Zebre), T Allan (Perpignan), E Gori (Treviso); M Rizzo (Treviso) L Ghiraldini (Treviso), M Castrogiovanni (Toulon) Q Geldenhuys (Zebre), M Bortolami (Zebre), S Parisse (Stade Francais, captain). Replacements: D Giazzon (Zebre), A De Machi (Treviso), J Furno (Biarritz Olympique), F Minto (Treviso), T W Botes (Treviso) L Orquera (Zebre), T Iannone (Zebre).

Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)

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