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Saturday, 15 February, 2003, 13:06 GMT
Italy 30-22 Wales
All the action from the Stadio Flaminio.


Minute-by-minute updates:

Full time: Italy 30-22 Wales

80 mins: Italy 30-22 Wales
Wales attack from their own line. A multi-phase move ends with Harris gliding past the Italian defence to feed half-back partner Peel who crosses for a try, which Harris fails to convert.

79 mins: Dominguez narrowly misses an interception try from Iestyn Harris' pass.

78 mins: Persico steals Welsh ball at the breakdown to set up Mauro Bergamasco for an exciting dart down the wing.

77 mins: Andrea De Rossi wins the man-of-the-match award, a close-run thing ahead of back-row colleagues Matt Phillips and Aaron Persico.

76 mins: Ceri Sweeney comes on for his first cap as the unfortunate Jones is carried off the pitch on a stretcher.

75 mins: Cristian Bezzi is yellow carded after a dangerous straight-arm hit to the face on Mark Jones.

74 mins: The tireless Martyn Williams sets up Rhys Williams for a run. He breaks well, but his pass goes loose and a rare Welsh chance goes to waste.

72 mins: Italy 30-17 Wales
It is the Roman crowd rather than the Welsh who burst into song as Dominguez finally slots a drop goal that looks like leading Italy to their second Six Nations victory.

68 mins: Ineffectual Wales captain Colin Charvis is replaced by Bath's Gavin Thomas.

66 mins: After fielding an Italian kick Mark Jones is flattened by an enormous hit from a fired-up Mauro Bergamasco.

64 mins: A powerful Dallan run puts Wales on the back foot yet again as they continue to miss their tackles. Dominguez falls short with another drop goal attempt.

61 mins: Italy 27-17 Wales
Troncon steals the ball from the back of Wales' retreating scrum. He feeds supporting number eight Matthew Phillips who crosses for Italy's third try. Dominguez converts. John Kirwan goes wild!

59 mins: Wales claim their first scrum against the head, driving the home side off the ball. Perugini leaves the field with a hamstring injury, meaning Martinez makes an immediate return to the fray!

58 mins: Dominguez tries a long range drop goal to break the deadlock but it falls short. Wales' attempt at a counter attack is foiled as Jutge controversially calls for a forward pass. Salvatore Perugini replaces Ramiro Martinez in the Italian front row.

56 mins: Matthew Watkins wins his first Wales cap in place of his Llanelli team mate Leigh Davies. Shanklin switches to inside centre.

54 mins: A long period of Italian possession after they counter attack from their own line. Wales struggle to get into the game but hold firm in defence.

50 mins: Mefin Davies (cut eye) and Steve Williams (back injury) leave the field, meaning a first cap for young Bridgend hooker Gareth Williams. Dafydd Jones replaces Williams, meaning a shift to the second row for Michael Owen. Williams' first line-out throw finds its mark.

46 mins: De Rossi hammers a full-steam Iestyn Thomas back with a huge tackle in midfield.

42 mins: Another sloppy Wales line out as the men in red lose more vital possession.

41 mins: Troncon's kick eases Italy straight back down towards the Welsh line, but Italy concede a penalty at the line out.

40 mins: Dominguez restarts and Martyn Wiiliams carries the ball forward for Wales.

Half-time: Italy 20-17 Wales

38 mins: Italy-20-17 Wales
Italy swing the ball left but the Wales defence holds. Possession comes back to Dominguez who slots an easy drop goal.

36 mins: Bergamasco piles into Iestyn Harris from close range. He crosses the Welsh line but can't ground the ball as Williams helps his Cardiff team mate.

35 mins: Vaccari splits the Welsh defence from deep, Matt Phillips goes close on the left wing before a loose pass prevents Mauro Bergamasco scoring out on the right.

33 mins: Mirco Bergamasco makes a hash of a Welsh kick through. A loose pass is nearly claimed by the all-action Martyn Williams, but he knocks on. A penalty conceded by Wales at the scrum allows Italy to clear.

31 mins: Italy 17-17 Wales
Wales hands at a ruck give Dominguez a simple penalty shot. He brings the scores level.

28 mins: A Rhys Williams run from deep splits the Italian defence, but his pass fails to find Mark Jones and a try-scoring chance goes astray. There is concern for Mefin Davies who has a cut under his eye.

27 mins: Ranieri leaves the field injured, prompting Vaccari to switch to the centre with Mirco Bergamasco on at full back.

26 mins: Italy 14-17 Wales
Italy handle at a ruck to slow a Wales attack, giving Harris a shot at goal from just outside the Italian 22. He makes no mistake.

23 mins: Ben Evans receives a final warning for Joel Jutge after he takes a disliking to the Swansea prop's binding at the scrum.

20 mins: Italy 14-14 Wales
Stoica goes close, but from the recycled ball debut-making hooker Carlo Festuccia drives low under Peel to claim Italy's second try. Dominguez fires the conversion through from wide out.

18 mins: The Italians batter at the disciplined Welsh defence, but Wales recover the ball on their 22 and their adventurous backs again look to counter.

16 mins: Bortolami receives treatment after taking a huge Iestyn Harris clearance kick flush in the face.

14 mins: Italy 7-14 Wales
A series of Italian attacks is repulsed, allowing Gareth Thomas to break from his own half. He frees Shanklin, and the big Saracens centre sprints under the posts from 60m. Harris converts.

12 mins: The scrums are getting scrappy and finally Ben Evans is penalised, giving Dominguez the chance to shoot for goal from 40m. He has the distance but the kick goes wide.

9 mins: A high tackle from Vaccari allows Wales to move into the Italian half. They claim their first line-out, but the ball is scrappy. Leigh Davies shows his handling skills to free Shanklin, but an Italian penalty comes at the breakdown.

7 mins: Italy 7-7 Wales
Wales reply strongly and the backs free lock Steve Williams on the right wing. He crosses from 30m out and Harris converts superbly from the touch line. There is suspicion, though over whether Williams grounded the ball legitimately after Bergamasco's challenge.

5 mins: Italy 7-0 Wales
The Italians attack again with quick recycled ball, allowing prop de Carli to blast through Harris for the opening try, converted by Dominguez.

3 mins: The defending scrum is strong but Stoica drives over the line. Fortunately for Wales the defenders get underneath.

2 mins: Dominguez's kicking drives Wales back, forcing an Italian 5m scrum.

1 min: Mefin Davies' first throw to a line-out goes astray, gifting the home side a scrum on half-way.

1339 GMT: Iestyn Harris kicks off the Six Nations Championship 2003. The Italian forwards put in a strong drive, allowing Dominguez to test Rhys Williams with a garryowen.


Teams:

Italy: P Vaccari (Calvisano); Mauro Bergamasco (Treviso), C Stoica (Castres/Fra), G Ranieri (Calvisano), D Dallan (Treviso); D Dominguez (Stade Francais/Fra), A Troncon (Treviso, capt); G De Carli (Calvisano), C Festuccia (Gran Parma), R Martinez (Treviso), C Bezzi (Viadana), M Bortolami (Padova), A De Rossi (Calvisano), A Persico (Viadana), M Phillips (Viadana).
Reps: A Moretti (Calvisano), S Perugini (Calvisano), M Giacheri (Rotherham/Eng), S Palmer (Treviso), J Manuel Queirolo (Dax/Fra), R Pez (Rotherham/Eng), Mirco Bergamasco (Padova).

Wales: R Williams (Cardiff); M Jones (Llanelli), T Shanklin (Saracens), L Davies (Llanelli), G Thomas (Bridgend); I Harris (Cardiff), D Peel (Llanelli); I Thomas (Llanelli), M Davies (Pontypridd), B Evans (Swansea), R Sidoli (Pontypridd), S Williams (Northampton), M Owen (Pontypridd), M Williams (Cardiff), C Charvis (Swansea, capt).
Reps: G Williams (Bridgend), G Jenkins (Pontypridd), D Jones (Llanelli), G Thomas (Bath), G Cooper (Bath), C Sweeney (Pontypridd), M Watkins (Llanelli).

Ref: Joel Jutge (France).


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