Six Nations 2017: Italy 7-33 Wales

Six Nations 2017: Italy 7-33 Wales – Welsh win without bonus-point

  • Wales kicked off their Six Nations with a win against Italy on Sunday
  • Edoardo Gori’s converted try give the Azzurri an unexpected 7-3 lead at the break
  • Tries from Jonathan Davies, Liam Williams and George North saw Wales come back to win
Wales scored 30 unanswered second-half points to get their Six Nations campaign off to a winning start against Italy at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday.

The Welsh, who failed to win any of their away games in 2016, dominated early on but couldn’t turn their possession and territory into points.

Italy then capitalised on a rare venture into Welsh 22 with Edoardo Gori emerging from the depths of a bundle to open the try scoring on the half hour.

Fly-half Carlo Canna then converted to give the hosts a seven-point advantage, 7-0.

Leigh Halfpenny slotted penalties either side of half-time to reduce the deficit to a single point.

The fullback then slotted a long-range penalty, giving the visitors the lead for the first time before extending it soon after with another fabulous kick, 7-12.

Jonathan Davies, Liam Williams and George North crossed as Rob Howley’s side built their lead.

Liam Williams then had a chance to secure a try-scoring bonus point right at the end but lost the ball forward.

Halfpenny finished with an 18-point haul from four penalties and conversions of all three tries.

More to follow.


Italy: 15 Edoardo Padovani, 14 Giulio Bisegni, 13 Tommaso Benvenuti, 12 Luke McLean, 11 Giovanbattista Venditti, 10 Carlo Canna, 9 Edoardo Gori, 8 Sergio Parisse(c), 7 Mata Maxime Mbanda, 6 Abraham Steyn, 5 George Biagi, 4 Marco Fuser, 3 Lorenzo Cittadini, 2 Ornel Gega, 1 Andrea Lovotti
Replacements: 16 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 17 Sami Panico, 18 Pietro Ceccarelli, 19 Joshua Furno, 20 Francesco Minto, 21 Giorgio Bronzini, 22 Tommaso Allan, 23 Michele Campagnaro
Wales: 15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 George North, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Scott Williams, 11 Liam Williams, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Rhys Webb, 8 Ross Moriarty, 7 Justin Tipuric, 6 Sam Warburton, 5 Alun Wyn Jones (c), 4 Jake Ball, 3 Samson Lee, 2 Ken Owens, 1 Nicky Smith
Replacements: 16 Scott Baldwin, 17 Rob Evans, 18 Tomas Francis, 19 Cory Hill, 20 James King, 21 Gareth Davies, 22 Sam Davies, 23 Jamie Roberts
Date: Sunday, February 5
Venue: Stadio Olimpico
Time: 15:00 local (14:00 GMT)
Referee: JP Doyle (England)
Assistant Referees: Johnny Lacey (Ireland), Craig Maxwell-Keys (England)
TMO: Rowan Kitt (England)
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