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Saturday, 15 February, 2003, 13:06 GMT
Italy 30-22 Wales
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Full time: Italy 30-22 Wales
80 mins: Italy 30-22 Wales
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
5 mins: Italy 7-0 Wales
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.
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).
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).
Ref: Joel Jutge (France).
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