Italy have continued their lean run in 2019 Six Nations Championship, with a 15-26 defeat against Wales on 9th February 2019 at Stadio Olimpico, Rome. Wales have won second match of 2019 Six Nations to extend their winning run to eleven matches. Six Nations Championship provides ample preparations of Rugby World Cup 2019 for rugby union teams belonging to northern hemisphere.
Wales played attacking game from the start with Dan Biggar going on penalty spree, scoring four times on 2’, 15’, 19’ and 30’. Visitors were on the roll with scoreline reading 0-12. Italy opened score with a try by Braam Steyn on 34’, that Tommaso Allan converted on 36’ to make score 7-12. Wales had a lead of 5 points over hosts Italy on half time.
Tommaso Allan nailed a penalty on 44’ to take Ireland close with 10-12. But then Wales went on to take game out of the reach of Italy. Josh Adams kicked a try on 54’, that Dan Biggar converted on 55’. Owen Watkin hit a try on 70’, with a conversion by Gareth Anscombe on 71’. Scorecard read 10-26 in Wales favour at that point. Edoardo Padovani slotted over a penalty for Italy on 75’ to take hosts to 15 points. Italian side could not score more points, and match finished on 15-26 with Wales turning victorious on the close.
This was Wales’ 11th consecutive win, international men’s rugby union competitions. It equaled their longest winning run, set between 1907 and 1910. Italy have been defeated for record 19 times in Six Nations. Italy had last won versus Scotland in February 2015. Josh Navidi was judged man of the match. Wait of Italy rugby team and coach Conor O’Shea for a victory in Six Nations continues.
Wales coach Warren Gatland said: “There’s definitely things we need to work on. Our lineouts were poor again, and if we play like that against England, it could be embarrassing. We won’t play like that, though. There were a few guys out there that hadn’t played a lot of rugby so we weren’t as tight in the front five as we would have liked. We made those changes because we are trying to look ahead to the World Cup. We didn’t have as much momentum and tempo as we would have liked, but we’re looking at the Six Nations and trying to build for the World Cup.”
Italy Vs Wales 15-26
9th February 2019 – Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Try: Braam Steyn (34’), Edoardo Padovani (75’)
Con: Tommaso Allan (36’)
Pen: Tommaso Allan (44’)
Try: Josh Adams (54’), Owen Watkin (70’)
Con: Dan Biggar (55’), Gareth Anscombe (71’)
Pen: Dan Biggar (2’, 15’, 19’, 30’)